The mission of CDS is to provide a personalized education of unparalleled excellence for students of diverse backgrounds.
CDS is an independent school in St. Louis with a community of students, families, faculty, administration, and staff united to prepare each child – academically, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively for what lies ahead of them in secondary school and in life. CDS children thrive, stimulated by thoughtfully prepared classrooms and curriculum and guided by our dedicated and intelligent faculty.
Excellence: Endeavor to be the best we can be in our work and in our character
Innovation: Actively pursue and integrate theories and solutions that are both rooted in knowledge and skill and inspired by foresight
Community: Foster a student-centered approach by encouraging a friendly, accepting, comfortable, and joy-filled environment
Diversity: Respect and honor the uniqueness of all peoples — a commitment that enriches us at every level of our shared experience