Chesterfield Day School

  • The mission of Chesterfield Day School is to provide a personalized education of unparalleled excellence for students of diverse backgrounds.
  • As a student-centered, parent-supported independent school that promotes joy in learning, positive character development, and service to others, we live our mission by caring passionately about our students and dedicating ourselves to building a vibrant educational community where joy is inherent and where respect is shown for self, others, property, and the environment; knowing our students as individuals and honoring their academic, cultural, social, ethnic, racial, and religious diversity; believing that the Montessori approach provides the best foundation for children as they become productive citizens of the world; instilling in our students a lifelong love of learning and the confidence to tackle new challenges; teaching our students to think critically and creatively, to express themselves clearly, and to have the courage to act on and defend their convictions; and affirming that the responsibilities of education are shared by the home and the school.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded1962

Student Body

Total Students150 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling


Total Sports Offered1 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Art, Book Club, Chess, Cooking, Drama, Foreign Language - Mandarin, MakerSpace, Music, Sports Art, Book Club, Chess, Cooking, Drama, MakerSpace, Music, Sports, Foreign Language - Mandarin,

School Notes

  • Chesterfield Day School students receive a world-class education that nurtures students' innate love of learning. As a school tracing its origins to the Montessori philosophy, we allow each child to explore meaningful work and stretch to the next level.
  • In addition to team teaching and an extremely low student:teacher ratio, specialist teachers for art, music, Spanish, physical education, and a librarian work with students, from toddlers through grade 6.
  • Graduates of Chesterfield Day School are recognized by secondary schools and universities as students who seek knowledge, have a broad range of interests, and are open to and accepting of new ideas.

Profile last updated: 09/30/2015

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  5/17/2016
Our children (6th grade and 3rd) have been at Chesterfield Day School since they were toddlers. We drive 25 minutes each way to get them there and along the way pass several well-known private elementary schools. We choose CDS for the Montessori foundation that perfectly transitions into rigorous curriculum that meets our kids at their level. We could not be happier with the teachers - they are a talented, well educated, dedicated group who make learning joyful for every student. Being a part of the CDS community is the best decision that we could have made as evidenced daily in our children's'' academic accomplishments and individual confidence.
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5  10/8/2015
This is my family's 3rd year at CDS. We love it! CDS educates the whole child and incorporates many modes and methods of teaching and learning. The children learn to be independent and confident. The CDS community is friendly and welcoming. We know we made the right decision in choosing CDS!
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5  9/19/2015
CDS is a unique private school and one that is worth a look for anyone interested in strong academics, a welcoming community and a faculty that is beyond amazing. CDS is the only school I know of that transitions students from Montessori in second grade into a wonderful upper school program. Students at CDS are confident, kind and are academically in the top tier of independent school students in the nation. The program at CDS includes a strong math, science and language core as well as a MakerSpace that is very sharp. Other parts of their program such as PE, music and art are very strong. We love CDS and would recommend it highly!
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5  7/24/2015
My son has been at Chesterfield Day School for two years. Each day he is excited to go to school, his teachers are dedicated and engaged in his learning, and the environment is small enough that he is truly known. If you want your student to have a stellar education, but also be a well-rounded, good kid, go to Chesterfield Day School!
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5  7/24/2015
My son has been attending Chesterfield Day School for the past two years and we love everything about it! From the warm community feel to the personalized education he receives, we could not be more pleased with our decision to send him to CDS. They truly do live up to their mission of excellence. Well done, CDS!
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