School Profiles

Educational opportunities play a major role in attracting new residents to Shaw and keeping residents here as their families grow.

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Below is a list of schools in our area.


Preschools

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning
www.cornerstonecenterstl.org
Daycare and Preschool
3901 Russell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 865-5244

As St. Louis’ first accredited early learning facility, Cornerstone Center for Early Learning provides high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care and education for children while following a Constructivist philosophy that governs all aspects of operation. As a nonprofit, United Way agency, the Center encourages the development of all people within its sphere, promoting the autonomy, creativity, and initiative of children, staff, and family members.


Shaw Avenue Children’s Center
www.shawarea.com
Daycare and Preschool
4265 Shaw Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
314-771-0780

Shaw Avenue Children’s Center provides non-profit, high-quality child care for a diverse group of children ages six weeks through five years and their families. Its program is based on, and promotes, understanding of child development; commitment to family support; inclusion of persons with special needs; and the practice of conflict resolution learning.

Classes are divided into four age groupings for infants, toddlers, younger preschoolers and older preschoolers. Outdoor space includes play structures, sand play space, a children’s gardening area, and a separate hard surface area for wheeled riding toys.


St. Louis Montessori Preschool
www.stlouismontessori.org
Daycare and Preschool
2507 January Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 282-5712

Located in The Hill neighborhood, St. Louis Montessori offers programs for students from 2.5 to 6 years of age. The curriculum and programs are designed to build a strong foundation in academics, as well as social, emotional, physical and moral development. This approach encourages children’s independence, self-motivation, and decision-making skills.

Teachers at St. Louis Montessori are AMI certified and have many years experience in Montessori education. Supplemental teachers specialize in dance, music, foreign languages, and art. Classrooms are designed to stimulate children’s natural curiosity to explore the world around them, and the outdoor area is spacious with an engaging playground. In addition, class sizes are small, the student body is diverse, and children learn in a home-like environment.


Elementary

Kennard Classical Junior Academy (CJA)
www.kennardcja.com
Elementary School
5031 Potomac Street, St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 353-8875

Kennard Classical Junior Academy (CJA) is a Gifted and Talented Magnet School located just south of “The Hill,” a historic Italian neighborhood. Winner of the 2009 Blue Ribbon School Award, it was recognized as one of the fifteen high-performing elementary schools in the state of Missouri and was granted Missouri’s Gold Star School distinction.

Kennard’s goal is first to improve student achievement by providing challenges that promote intellectual, social, emotional, and creative excellence. The learning community collaborates to nurture and promote an appreciation of diversity and individuality and to work diligently to instill self-confidence and a sense of empowerment in students. The staff, as well as other stakeholders, recognize that when students know they have a voice and are taught how to use that voice responsibly and productively, students learn to become productive, accountable members of society.

As a member of Missouri’s Professional Learning Community Project, and with more than 95% of the teaching staff qualified with gifted certification and five with National Board Certification, the Kennard staff understands that the fundamental purpose of school is student learning. Therefore, the staff is equipped to minimize teaching students what they already know, provide new challenges, and strive to make learning a positive experience for each child.

Kennard has many after school activities to choose from, such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Tiger Music (violin, piano, flute and clarinet), Chess Club and Girls on the Run as well as monthly family events such as movie night, family enrichment nights, Fall Festival, and a year end picnic.


Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center
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Elementary School
4221 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 772-0994

The mission of Mullanphy ILC is to enable students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing diverse learning experiences and opportunities to achieve success. Mullanphy promotes collaboration between staff, faculty, students and families, as well as community agencies, to ensure that each child has the tools and experiences to exhibit physical, emotional, academic, and social growth. As an investigative learning center, Mullanphy is a school of choice for inquiry-based learning. The school also sustains an active working relationship with the math and science community resources in the St. Louis area.


Kindergarten-8th Grade

City Garden Montessori School
www.citygardenschool.org
Preschool through 8th grade
1618 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 664-7646

City Garden Montessori Charter School is a tuition-free, public elementary school, serving the Botanical Heights, Forest Park Southeast, Shaw and portions of the Southwest Garden and Tiffany neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. City Garden opened in the fall of 2008 with grades kindergarten through 3rd. Each year one grade level has been added and City Garden graduated their first 8th grade class in 2014. City Garden Montessori School also operates a private, tuition-based preschool serving children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old.


St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School
www.smos-school.org
Preschool through 8th grade
3964 Castleman Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
314-776-7837

St. Margaret’s has been developing great students and great people from its original building in South St. Louis since 1918. Located in the heart of historic Shaw Neighborhood, the school attracts a diverse population from various backgrounds and persuasions. Its mission has always been to provide an outstanding learning environment in which children are challenged to meet their potential and recognize their gifts in mind, body and spirit.

The school focuses upon each child as an individual with unique strengths and talents, reaching out to each one at his or her own intellectual level. The school’s enrollment also includes 20-30% non-Catholic students. It is the school’s commitment to welcome all children in the community, regardless of race, creed or national origin.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education named St. Margaret of Scotland a National Blue Ribbon School. It was one of only four Missouri schools to receive this honor, which recognizes schools with students who had exemplary scores on their state assessment tests.


Junior High and High School

Tower Grove Christian School
www.tgcs.net
Kindergarten through 12th grade
4257 Magnolia, St. Louis, MO 63110
314-776-6473

Founded in 1978 as a ministry of Tower Grove Baptist Church, Tower Grove Christian School enrolls nearly 300 students in grades K-12. The school serves students from St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles counties, City of St. Louis, and western Illinois. Tower Grove provides a challenging and comprehensive elementary, middle and high school program. As a college preparatory program, Tower Grove Christian School develops competence in Bible, English, fine and practical arts, mathematics, physical education, health, science and social studies.


South City Preparatory Academy
www.southcityprep.org
5th-6th grade for 2011-2012 school year; adding one grade per year until 12th grade
2900 South Grand Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 800-3097

South City Prep is a free, college preparatory public school serving students living in St. Louis City. The school opened with 5th and 6th grade in the the fall of 2011 and will add one grade per year through 12th grade. South City Prep focuses on individualized instruction, an extended school day, and a year-round school calendar.