Our Lady of the Pillar School

403 S. Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63131
     Tel: (314)993-3353
Grades: PK - 8 | 166 students
Our Lady of the Pillar is a Catholic school comprised of three interconnected divisions: The Preschool (for ages 3 and 4), the Primary Grades (Kindergarten through Grade 5) and the Middle School (Grades 6 through 8).
 Our mission, individualized and challenging curriculum and strong sense of community unite our school in the Marianist educational tradition.
We strive to work with parents to share our faith, traditions and values with our students Students attend Mass weekly and participate in religious activities throughout the year.
Our strong core curriculum, emphasizing individual strengths, is enhanced by Spanish (JrK-8), Music (K-8), Art (JK-8), Computer (JrK-8), Learning Enrichment Center (PreK-5), Algebra (7-8), and PE (K-8). We also provide many extra-curricular activities and opportunities for student service in the community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other religious school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences, mild aspergers,
Year Founded 1938

Student Body

Total Students 166 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 2%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Our Lady of the Pillar School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 25%
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Girls: Uniform jumper/skirt and white knit shirt; Boys, navy/khaki pants and knit shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $6,200
Acceptance Rate 90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Heather Fanning
Admissions Associate Tina McNulty


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Band, Bell, Bellarmine, Chess, Choir, LegoRobotics, MadScience, Magic, Newspaper, Scouts, Yearbook, Yoga Art, Band, Bell, Bellarmine, Chess, Choir, LegoRobotics, MadScience, Magic, Newspaper, Scouts, Yearbook, Yoga,

School Notes:

We are a small, Catholic school community grounded in the Marianist tradition. We couple a structured, highly academic educational curriculum with ongoing opportunities for hands-on learning and critical thinking.  Our teachers instill in students a sense of personal responsibility and encourage students to take an active role in their own learning. In keeping with the Marianist philosophy, instruction is differentiated so that each child is challenged at an appropriate and individualized level.   

Our students are held to high academic and behavioral standards. Our parent community is very open and supportive. Some of our academic strengths and programs include: 
    • Strong core curriculum (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies)
    • Daily religious instruction 
    • Weekly Mass attendance
    • Integrated preparation for the sacraments (e.g. Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation) 
    • Special classes in Art, Computer, Music, Physical Education, Library Science 
    • Spanish classes with a native Spanish speaking teacher for grades JrK through 8
    • Learning Center classes (2 times per week, grades K-5): The Learning Center enables additional individualized instruction with a focus on language arts, mathematics, and social studies 
    • STEM classes (middle school) with LEGO Mindstorm and hands-on science experiments 
    • Smartboards and computers in every classroom
    • Laptops, tablets, and numerous software programs available to students to reinforce and extend traditional classroom learning 
    • Science laboratory 
    • Strong parent and volunteer involvement
  • Extracurricular Activities include: 
    • After-school KIDS rotating clubs (Lego club, Magic, Mad Science, Art Club) 
    • Chess Club, grades K-8
    • Student quarterly newspaper, grades 6-8
    • Bellarmine Speech Team, grades 5-8
    • Children's Choir, grades 3-8
    • Children's Bell Choir, grades 5-8
    • Band, grades 4-8
    • Yearbook, grades 6-8
    • Yoga Club, grades K-8
    • Homework Help Club, grades 1-8
    • Numerous CYC sports teams (baseball, softball, golf, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading) 
  • The school makes available an optional hot lunch program. Before school care is included in the school program from 7:15 a.m. until 7:55 a.m.
  • After-school care is an in-house program staffed by Pillar faculty. Care is available from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Profile last updated: 02/16/2015

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School Reviews

1 month ago
I have three children at Our Lady of the Pillar. Our oldest son started at Pillar in the third grade and is now in sixth grade. We have a child in second grade and another child in kindergarten as well. We''ve had a wonderful experience for 4 years now and I am a big fan of the school! The K-8 academics are rigorous and individualized. Children who are able to work ahead are consistently given enrichment opportunities and differentiated instruction. A full-time Learning Consultant also helps children who are struggling (particularly in reading or math) meet their potential as well. I''ve found Pillar''s academic approach to be an excellent fit for all three of my children. Pillar has a ton of extracurricular opportunities--sports teams, bell choir, singing choir, band, chess club, Lego Robotics, yoga, art club, Mad Science, Bellarmine Speech, and even Yearbook and the Newspaper for middle schoolers. Students who graduate from Pillar are moving onto top private schools--SLUH, Viz, Cor Jesu, Priory, Burroughs, Chaminade, St. Joe''s, DeSmet--and parents with children who have graduated already have all told me their older children were accepted into their first choice of high schools. The school is small but enrollment has increased each year since we''ve been there. We now have a thriving pre-school with a wait list. A nice side effect of the size: everyone knows each other and children play together across the grades. The older children interact nicely with the younger children and often read to them in the classroom or help them during Mass. I find Pillar to be a loving, Catholic community comprised of strong leaders (Father Tom, Principal Fanning, Father Oscar), experienced, caring teachers, and involved parents. The Marianist philosophy and focus on education shapes the school culture. More than anything, though, I am happy with Pillar because my children are happy. I am also certain they are each being challenged appropriately academically and encouraged to love learning in the process.
- Posted by Parent
3 months ago
Two of my children currently attend OLP and we have found the quality of the curriculum and the teachers and staff to be top notch. The small class sizes allow teachers to know exactly where your child is academically and challenge him/her appropriately. The warm school community provides a nurturing environment for our children and has been a tremendous source of support for our family. We could not be happier with our choice to send our children to OLP.
- Posted by Parent

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