Chesterfield Day School’s curricular approach is to develop learners who show academic mastery, embrace challenging, creative, and purposeful work, excel and grow because of an independence of spirit, and always demonstrate kindness, compassion, and concern for themselves and others.
The Chesterfield Day School approach to education starts with an early childhood Montessori foundation. In Montessori-inspired toddler and preschool classrooms, activities are linked to the interest of every child in an environment that promotes concentration, respect, independence, and achievement. The Montessori program focuses on five main areas of study; practical life, sensorial, math, cultural, and language. These areas provide students with concrete learning opportunities to experience their world and begin to create a foundation of academic, social and physical learning.
As children move through the program to the upper grades, CDS bridges Montessori teaching methods with those used at the most respected secondary schools. These curricular bridges are purposefully designed to reflect a child’s ability to evolve from concrete to conceptual learning. This bridge from Montessori teaching methods to secondary school preparation is complete by 4th grade.
As a well-known independent school in St. Louis, Chesterfield Day School uses a blend of teaching techniques suited to the specific needs and interests of each and every student, preparing our students to be successful in the next steps of their education.
The CDS program also focuses on the development of character and a sense of personal responsibility to the community.
The passion and experience of our CDS teachers drives them to 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.
CDS faculty members are intelligent and dedicated lifelong learners who serve as positive role models for students, both academically and personally.
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