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Head of School

Dear Future CDS Families,

Our sense of community at CDS is a pillar of our school and one of the components of our culture that first attracted me to CDS in 2010. Our culture of empathy, joy, excellence, innovation, and tenacity remains incredibly strong and makes me proud each day.

Our school and program is outstanding and provides a person­alized education of unparalleled excellence. Whether it is in the story a preschooler writes using the moveable alphabet about a new sibling at home, the first four-digit addition problem a Kindergarten student completes on her own, a Fourth Grader completing a difficult science test, or in a Fifth Grader achieving her personal best during a pacer test in PE, we strive toward being the best of who we are every single day. At CDS, we engage each student in meaningful ways that encourage critical thinking and build independent intelligent, responsible, kind, and thoughtful individuals.

As I walk through the halls and speak to our students and faculty, I see joy in all we do and a feeling of true belonging. We are committed to providing a nurturing, engaging and personalized education for all of our students. We want each student to be supported and challenged in the right way at the right time, not based on a "one size fits all" curriculum, and the results are telling. Students here bound out of their cars each morning because they love coming to school to learn.



“As I walk through the halls and speak to students and faculty, I see joy in all we do and a feeling of true belonging. Students here bound out of their cars each morning because they love coming to school to learn.”
Rachana Creeth, Head of School


Our strong personalized curriculum builds a love of learning and yields impressive outcomes for CDS students both academically and personally. Last Spring, CDS students in Grades Third through Sixth participated in the ERB, a nationally normed test that is administered to the nation’s most competitive students. Our graduating Sixth Graders once again outperformed their independent school peers nationally on this test. Our students also compete with other independent schools in the area in athletic match-ups, where they consistently display both winning records and stellar sportsmanship. We are also proud that our graduating students of 2015, like graduates before them, have moved onto the most competitive secondary schools in St. Louis.

On behalf of CDS students, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to our website and cordially invite you to visit our school. Come see our premier preparation in action, and feel the warmth of our community for yourself!

Sincerely,



Rachana Creeth
Head of School

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