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What Makes CDS Exceptional?

Chesterfield Day School is a coeducational, not-for-profit, independent private school in St. Louis, Missouri serving students age 18 months (preschool) through Sixth Grade. Our mission is to provide a personalized education of unparalleled excellence for students of diverse backgrounds.
Our inclusive community represents diversity in many ways; 33% of our student body is racially and ethnically diverse, and CDS families reside in communities throughout the St. Louis region.
  • Excellence Endeavor to be the best we can be in our work and in our character
  • Innovation Actively pursue and integrate theories and solutionst 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

Start-To-Finish Education

Beginning in our Toddler program through First Grade, Chesterfield Day School’s premier Montessori School bridges to a strong and distinctive secondary school preparation program with personalized methodologies. This start-to-finish approach yields students who are highly sought-after by top secondary schools, and consistently outperform their independent school peers on standardized tests.
  • apple Low Classroom Ratios
    4:1 Toddler
    8:1 Preschool
    12:1 K-6th
  • sunFounded in 1962 first Montessori school in STL
  • 72 34 Faculty, Staff, & Administration Faculty with advanced degrees
  • global35% Religious and ethnic student diversity
  • landscape9 acres in a quiet, residential neighborhood
  • award94% CDS graduates are accepted into their first choice secondary

Our Philosophy

The Chesterfield Day School philosophy values the whole child. Our methodologies are rooted in the science of child development, and our expert faculty create a nurturing environment that enables each child to reach their potential–without ceilings and a pull-out environment. Our low classroom ratios allow for each child to work at their own pace and build the full set of skills they need to navigate our ever-changing world. Chesterfield Day School students joyfully enter school each day and are meaningfully engaged—stretched both academically, physically, and in character.