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Community School
900 Lay Rd    
Saint Louis, Missouri  63124  
Private/Independent School
6 338 students


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Community school fosters the intellectual, emotional, and creative growth of young children and encourages their development as the leaders of the next generation.

We welcome children in a joyful environment of active, experiential learning rooted in their individual development and dedicated to academic excellence. We are a nurturing safe haven where young minds can make sense of the world as they move between the known and unknown, accompanied by trusted adults who cherish and support them. Our multicultural curriculum promotes awareness, inclusion, and an appreciation of various cultures, religions, beliefs, and traditions.

At Community School, we believe in diversity, inclusion, and the equitable treatment of all people. Our learning environment mirrors the diverse world in which we live. As their knowledge expands, preschool and elementary students learn to recognize and appreciate different cultures and ethnicities. 
We believe the world is to be explored, examined, and enjoyed. Community’s approach reaches beyond rote learning, encouraging students to search for the hidden, uncover what gives meaning, and discover what differentiates and unites. Our expansive campus provides a perfect environment for the early exploration of a child’s world and the development of an appreciation for the concepts underpinning our STEAM philosophy.

From our school’s very inception, we have held closely to the belief that each student is an individual with individual differences and an inherent right to develop those differences. Our master teachers focus on individual children, meeting them exactly where they are to chart a path forward in understanding. We personalize our curriculum for every student, making adjustments throughout the school year as the child advances.

At Community School, we hold that education is not an aggregation of knowledge, but a way of observing the world. Our students dig deep into subjects, investigating ideas and the people and cultures that are inspired by them. 

Our graduates emerge well-equipped to succeed in the very best secondary schools and in life, not because they have amassed data, but because they have fallen in love with the joy of learning. 
Diversity Mission Statement

Community School welcomes all families.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our school by embracing the differences as well as the similarities of our students and families. Community School’s goal is that students, families, faculty, and staff feel welcomed, valued, and respected. Community School’s philosophy is based on the belief that diversity and inclusivity enrich the mind, body, and spirit. Indeed, in our Founding Principles - written over 100 years ago - Community School pledges “to recognize the child as an individual with individual differences” and “to cultivate in each child a spirit of courtesy, an appreciation for individual differences, and respect for the opinion of others.”

As an early childhood and elementary school, Community School understands its critical role as one of a student’s first experiences with the world. We encourage students to experience and share in the diverse backgrounds that exist within our school. Community School is committed to the recruitment and retention of excellent teachers with varied backgrounds that enrich the student and family experience. Through our rich curriculum and school programs, we introduce our community to a variety of cultures and experiences. In addition, we invite all students and families to share their heritage and traditions in our classrooms. Our character education urges students to create purposeful relationships within and beyond the classroom.

Community School seeks to prepare compassionate leaders for our multicultural nation and global world. We offer an education that respects and values the perspectives of others and seeks to ensure all families and students feel that they belong.