Why CDS?


“Having toured CDS and researched it extensively as an option, it seems to be the education every child should have in an ideal world. In particular, the small class sizes and tight-knit community seem to be a good fit for our child. We got the sense that although it is a private school, it is not a ‘status’ symbol, but rather a community of people who highly value learning and its role in a child's life. We are not just seeking any private school experience—particularly in an area where the public schools are quite strong. We believe in CDS we have found the right ‘school home’ for our child.”
Prospective CDS parent upon visiting our school


For more than 50 years, Chesterfield Day School has provided a personalized education of unparalleled excellence to students 18 months through Sixth Grade. Our premier Montessori program in our Toddler rooms through First Grade bridges to a strong and distinctive secondary school preparation program with personalized methodologies woven throughout. Our curriculum includes specials classes taught by experts, MakerSpace offerings beginning in Kindergarten, and a deep commitment to character education and development.

CDS’s robust start-to-finish education in both fundamental and 21st century skills produces exceptional students of remarkable character who attend the secondary schools of their choice and lead meaningful adult lives in careers and communities all over the world. On standardized tests, CDS students consistently outperform their independent school peers by a significant number of points in a large majority of categories. We offer rolling admissions throughout the year. Join us!


CDS Alum Reflects on our Premier Preparation

Hear from Justin, a student at Washington University, about what he values most from his CDS education.
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