Clayton Child Center/Clayton Academy

Tel: (314)973-8997
Grades: NS-8 | 151 students
Clayton Child Center ( provides an exceptional, education-based child care and preschool experience to children ages 6 weeks to five years of age. The organization also operates Clayton Academy (, a K-8 school that educates and inspires students with unique and different styles of learning to reach their fullest potential.
The staff at both schools provide a balanced education through developmentally appropriate individualized teaching in small class settings.
Students develop a positive self-image, a strong academic foundation of cognitive, social and physical skills essential for life success.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to moderate learning disabilities, attention disorders, and/or related social or language issues.
Year Founded 1980

Student Body

Total Students 151 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Clayton Child Center/Clayton Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 10 students

Finances and Admission

Admissions Director Barbara E. Geno, Ed.D.

School Notes

  • Clayton Child Center ( offers full-day and part-time care for children ages 6 weeks to five years of age. The infant center and the preschool are fully accredited as independent, private schools by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States). Clayton Academy ( is an independent, school for students in grades K-8 with unique and different styles of learning. The Board of Clayton Child Center, Inc., decided to open open Clayton Academy in 1991 after recognizging that many children of average or superior intelligence were struggling to learn reading, writing, spelling, math, and/or self-management skills when taught with traditional teaching methods. When students come to Clayton Academy, we reject the concept that they are “disabled” from learning. We have found that children at Clayton Academy learn at high levels when their learning differences are matched by corresponding teaching strategies. The mission of Clayton Academy is to educate and inspire students with unique and different styles of learning to realize their true potential. Our goal is to fully develop each student’s self-confidence by providing a small, nurturing learning environment with instruction tailored to each student's academic, social, and emotional needs. Class sizes are kept to ten students or less. Our student population includes students in kindergarten through the eighth grade with or without a diagnosis of a mild to moderate learning disability, attention disorder, autism spectrum disorder and related language and social difficulties.

Profile last updated: 09/21/2015

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