Our History

In 1993, long-time Head of School, Dr. Barbara Fulton was asked by the community developers of St. Albans, MO to found a second campus of Chesterfield Day School. 

It began with just a few preschool and elementary classes in 1994. The school expanded to 7th grade in 1998, adding a grade each year until the first 12th grade graduation in 2004.

In 2007, the 9-12 grade program was spun off from Chesterfield Day School and in 2008, the Lower School joined St. Albans High School to create one toddler through twelfth grade experience.

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The community chose to name the new entity after its beloved founder, and The Fulton School was born. "Dr. Barb" was a passionate educator, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She passed away in 2005 after 30 years of service to Chesterfield Day School and the St. Louis educational community.

The school continues to embody her philosophy of education, blending the Montessori tenets of hands-on, purposeful simplicity, with Dr. Barb's strong emphasis on joy, character, and transparency. Thanks to Dr. Barb, we have become a small, diverse community of people, who love to learn, who ask questions, and who are figuring out how to live their lives intentionally.

We believe that a school should be more like a forest than an orchard. An orchard's trees grow and produce the same fruit as the others around it; a forest is alive with different types of trees, colors and fruit. The trees in a forest have different needs and grow in different ways. 

While we loved the concept of a tree, the life and growth it represents, it was imperative that the tree be a unique and whimsical forest tree and not a perfect and symmetrical orchard tree. We also wanted some hint of roots to represent our respect for our students' roots, from cultural and racial differences, to the importance of their parents and their homes. A tree can only be as strong as its roots, and so it is with each child.

The Fulton School at St. Albans Historical Timeline
  • 1962 - Founded as St. Louis Montessori Academy, first Montessori School in the St. Louis area, by Mrs. Elna Amant; located at Craig Road & Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur
  • 1971 - School becomes not for profit and adds program for 6 to 9-year-olds
  • 1974 - Moves to 1100 White Road in Chesterfield 
  • 1977 - Graduates first sixth grade class 
  • 1980 - Becomes affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) 
  • 1982 - First Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) accreditation evaluation
  • 1983 - Capital campaign for first addition to building (preschool, K-1, offices)
  • 1983 - Susan Stone leads school through first long-range planning process
  • 1984 - Name changes from St. Louis Montessori Academy to Chesterfield Day School
  • 1987 - Second major addition completed (2-3, 4-5-6, toddler room)
  • 1989 - Second ISACS evaluation
  • 1991 - Purchase of Little House
  • 1993 - Invitation by St. Albans Partnership to start second campus; office space shared with St. Albans Post Office
  • 1994 - Chesterfield Day School- St. Albans opened in Cape Cod house
  • 1995 - Latest addition completed at White Road
  • 1995 - St. Albans campus expands to Chapel building, both floors
  • 1996 - Third ISACS evaluation
  • 1996 - St. Albans campus expands to Victorian house
  • 1997 - St. Albans campus expands to Jordan house
  • 1998 - St. Albans campus expands to Train Station
  • 1998 - St. Albans initiates pilot program with four seventh graders beginning Middle School, meeting in Millmans' one-room schoolhouse
  • 1999 - Ground broken for new St. Albans building 
  • 1999 - Upper School adds eighth grade, meets in Millman historic schoolhouse until move to new building
  • 1999 - Chesterfield Day School - St. Albans moves into new building right before Thanksgiving 
  • 2000 - Upper School adds ninth grade 
  • 2001 - Upper School adds tenth grade 
  • 2002 - Susan Stone returns for long-range planning 
  • 2002 - Upper School adds eleventh grade 
  • 2002 - Fourth ISACS evaluation 
  • 2003 - Upper School adds twelfth grade 
  • 2004 - First Upper School graduation 
  • 2004 - Completion of gymnasium addition on St. Albans campus
  • 2007 - Grades 9-12 spun off to become St. Albans High School
  • 2008 - Toddler through grade 8 spun off to merge with St. Albans High School, creating The Fulton School at St. Albans