Community School

  • For more than a century, Community School has been a place to let children`s gifts flourish in an environment of active, experiential learning.
  • Seasoned faculty engage students with a challenging curriculum integrating academics, the arts, physical education and interpersonal skills.
  • Community students are responsible, caring, vibrant people who learn how to work with and lead others.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Educational Records Bureau
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded1914

Student Body

Total Students338 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 2
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,200
Tuition NotesFinancial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorDana Saulsberry
Admissions AssociateEve Rudolph
Endowment Size$12.8 million


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,

School Notes

  •  Community School sets the standard for academic excellence among St. Louis-area elementary schools. We balance intellectual challenge and nurturing support, allowing each child's strengths to shine. Our small, child-focused classrooms reach children where they are. With a 7:1 student-teacher ratio, each student gets the personalized help and encouragement he or she needs to thrive.Early exploration is key to developing a thorough understanding of complex subjects. Our approach to learning is hands on. Students examine ideas and topics up close, pushing beyond rote memorization.Test scores validate our hands-on educational philosophy. Year after year, Community students score among the highest in the nation on standardized tests-averaging 40-50% above national norms, 7-8% above gifted surburban public students, and 5-6% above other independent schools.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  3/10/2018
Community School has been the best possible choice for our family. We could not be happier. Every morning, Head of School, Bob Cooke, greets each child with a handshake as they enter school. I love this tradition, as it truly exemplifies the nurturing aspect of the school. In this simple gesture, each child is recognized daily as a respected and important individual within the entire community my children are known by name by all the children, teachers, and administrators. The academics are fantastic, and the learning extends so much further than the classroom. My favorite part of the curriculum is the emphasis on public speaking. It`s amazing to hear the nursery students (age 3!) confidently share their birthdays to the entire lunch room during their birthday months. For dual-working families, like mine, the options for extended day and after-school programs are abundant and appreciated. Community School gets my vote as the top elementary school in St. Louis.
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5  4/8/2017
We toured several independent schools in the area, but immediately after our tour at Community School, we knew that if our son was admitted, Community was where we would send him. Year after year, our decision is validated by dedicated, inspiring teachers who make every effort to meet his learning needs. For example, in junior kindergarten, his teacher recognized that he was already reading. She pulled him during nap time (since he was no longer napping) and worked with him independently on reading comprehension. Currently, science is one of his strengths. Before the unit, his teacher gives him a pretest to understand his prior knowledge of the subject. While most of the students were learning about force and motion concepts, he was provided with higher level independent extension activities regarding Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, relativity, inertia... and then he was asked to report back to the class about what he had learned. In math, he is also given the opportunity for extension learning. He can choose to bring home the textbook, review the upcoming chapter, and test to qualify for extension activities. Our son also has areas of weakness and needs extra help with written language skills. These needs are being addressed well by his teachers through accommodations and interventions. Community School does a fabulous job differentiating instruction for all learners. It is a place where committed, enthusiastic teachers truly love teaching and where our son truly loves learning.
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5  11/3/2016
Community School's teachers and leadership team have created a warm and engaging learning environment. My wife and I are extremely happy that we selected CS for our children. Bob Cooke, in his 2nd year as Head of School, has added new energy and vision that will make the school even better in the future.
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5  11/3/2016
Community School is a special place. The teachers do a wonderful job of working in small groups with the kids so that they truly understand each child's strengths and challenges. Additionally, they encourage the students to take risks and find something that they feel passionate about, then push them to pursue that interest. My oldest son is proud that the school trusts him to choose his own projects in wood shop or sign a contract for independent work in math. For my daughter, Community will always be the place that encourage her not only to be comfortable in front of an audience, but to love performing on a stage.My children head out the door excited for school every single day.
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The average private school tuition in Saint Louis, MO is $11,326 for elementary schools and $16,809 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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