Personalized Education from Start to Finish
CDS delivers a highly personalized educational experience for each student. We believe every child has an inherent love of learning and deserves to realize his or her highest potential. For more than 50 years, our program has specialized in setting the right direction for every student, identifying and capitalizing on the child’s strengths in the right way at the right time.
Talented Faculty who Use the Best Methods for All Students
CDS faculty members are intelligent and dedicated lifelong learners who serve as positive role models for students, both academically and personally. Their passion and experience create classroom environments that are engaging, collaborative, challenging and creative.
Our faculty is trained and supported as they use the best and most appropriate teaching methods for each student. CDS supports and develops our teachers professionally, just as the teachers focus on supporting and developing each child.
Blending Montessori with Premier Secondary School Methods
The CDS approach to education starts with an early childhood Montessori foundation. Beginning as early as age 18 months, our curricular activities are linked to the interest of every child in an environment that promotes concentration, respect, independence, and achievement.
As children move through the program to the upper grades, CDS connects Montessori teaching methods with those used at the most respected secondary schools. This curricular progression is purposefully designed to reflect a child’s ability to evolve from concrete to conceptual learning.
CDS uses a blend of teaching techniques and curriculum, designed to provide students with the best possible personalized education, suited to the specific needs and interests of each and every student. The blended approach helps our students to be successful in the next steps of their education.
Our students typically gain admission to the secondary school of their choice, including the most prestigious and rigorous independent schools in St. Louis.
A Comfortable Place for the Whole Family
At CDS, children and their families are at ease being themselves. It is a friendly and accepting community. We value each child and family for who they are. We celebrate our differences and embrace what brings us together – our community’s shared belief in the important role early childhood and elementary education plays in the life of each and every child.
Our student to teacher ratio is very low, guaranteeing that each child is truly known by the entire CDS faculty and staff.
A Diverse School Community Thanks to Our Mission and Location
CDS is conveniently located near the intersection of Route 141 and Highway 64/40. Our central location enables easy access for families living in over 30 zip codes throughout the St. Louis area.
Our school population is a diverse community that represents a wide range of race, religion and ethnicity. This diversity creates an opportunity for CDS students to learn about practices and beliefs outside of their own culture and to form meaningful relationships with peers from a variety of backgrounds.
As part of our mission and philosophy, CDS believes that encouraging a diverse student population helps to provide students with a more enriched educational experience.
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