“I love teaching at CDS because it is both an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a single child while simultaneously helping to shape the future of our world. What greater calling could there possibly be?”
Diane Zeger, Preschool
CDS was born in 1962 as the first Montessori preschool in St. Louis. The innovative sprit required to create a new community based on a relatively unknown educational philosophy — in the midst of a world in great flux — required originality, creativity, and tenacity.
The same characteristics that define our beginnings continue to inspire us as we educate students from Toddler through Sixth Grade, preparing them for a world that demands of its most productive and successful minds an ever-evolving, rich set of skills and experiences. CDS’s robust start-to-finish education produces exceptional students of remarkable character who attend the secondary schools of their choice and lead meaningful adult lives in communities all over the world.
Founded as the first Montessori preschool in the St. Louis area—St. Louis Montessori Academy by Mrs. Elna Amant
Becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and begins serving students ages 6-9
Relocates to 1100 White Road in Chesterfield, allowing the school to add classes through Sixth Grade
The first Sixth Grade class graduates
Becomes affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS)
Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Addition to the building to increase preschool, K/1 classrooms and administrative offices
School changes its name to Chesterfield Day School
Addition to the building to increase 2nd/3rd grade and 4th/5th/6th grade classrooms
Second ISACS evaluation/accreditation
Purchased the “Little House” next to the White Road campus for expanded programs
Most recent addition to the White Road facility is completed, including additional space for the 4th/5th/and 6th grade program
Third ISACS evaluation/accreditation
Fourth ISACS evaluation/accreditation
Long-time Head of School Dr. Barb Fulton passes away after 30 years of service to CDS
Fifth ISACS evaluation/accreditation
Celebrated CDS’s 50th Anniversary
Rachana Creeth named Head of School
CDS will graduate 40th class of Sixth Graders!