The Wilson School

The Wilson School Photo #1 - At The Wilson School, every child is known and valued as an individual. With an 8:1 student to teacher ratio, our faculty can customize the learning experience to bring out the best in each and every student.
The Wilson School Photo #2 - Newly renovated facilities at The Wilson School include an innovation room, featuring a state-of-the-art immersion wall with 18 flat screen panels. The flexible space is used for project-based learning, virtual tours and interviews, and a wide variety of interactive multi-media activities.
The Wilson School Photo #3 - Students at The Wilson School enjoy many opportunities for hands-on exploration.
The Wilson School Photo #4 - "Make Your Mark A Good One" is our school motto. Each month, the entire school participates in a student-led assembly oriented towards the MYMAGO theme. This tradition offers exceptional leadership and public speaking opportunities for all ages. Students who graduate Wilson are poised and at ease speaking to a crowd.
The Wilson School Photo #5 - The Wilson School buddy program is a special tradition where students in our early childhood program are paired with students from our upper school. Each week, they participate in activities that provide wonderful peer-to-peer learning and friendship opportunities.
The Wilson School Photo #6 - Nestled within a tree-lined neighborhood of Clayton, Missouri, The Wilson School takes full advantage of its close proximity to the St. Louis Zoo and Forest Park as extensions of the campus. A special partnership with the Zoo affords students many unique opportunities.
The Wilson School Photo #7 - Since 1913, The Wilson School has provided an extraordinary experience in elementary education for children age three through sixth grade. Preparing students for success in an ever-changing world, our exceptional educators combine classic and innovative methods within a warm, nurturing environment.
A Wilson education gives children age three through sixth grade a strong academic foundation in the caring environment they need to succeed.
At Wilson, students are known, nurtured and challenged each and every day.
Teachers are empowered to develop customized curriculum that connects foundational learning with innovative, project-based experiences which engage and inspire.
An intentional class size with two full-time, professional educators per classroom and subject area specialists creates an environment where students can take risks, develop leadership skills and strive to reach their personal best.
With a high-tech facility that feels like a home away from home, students who graduate from The Wilson School are well-balanced, poised, and equipped to engage confidently and creatively for success in school and in life.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MO School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,700
  • Acceptance rate: 86%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling

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The Wilson School places among the top 20% of private schools in Missouri for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
157 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
The Wilson School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Half-day Pre-K (3 and 4-year-olds) available for $13,800. Early and extended day care are available.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Maggie Baisch


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Band, Chess, Destinatination Imagination (DI), Geography Bee, Minecraft Club, Robotics Club, Senior Choir

Arts and Music Programs:
Junior Choir

School Notes

  • At The Wilson School, each day brings a world of opportunity. Our students consistently rank in the top tenth percentile nationally and are admitted into their first or second choice secondary school. Above all, Wilson students graduate with the confidence, poise, curiosity, preparation, open-mindedness, creativity, and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in life after Wilson.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
I absolutely LOVE The Wilson School!!! Do yourself and those you love a favor and check this school out for your children, friends, and family members! Wilson serves Pre-K through 6th grade. My daughter goes to The Wilson School and I absolutely love it! She gets an excellent education, they cater to the children's needs, they are committed to social and emotional well-being of the children and not solely academics, the families are more of a community than just parents. It's the most warm and welcoming environment EVER! Additionally, being in the midst of a pandemic, they did not miss a beat. Our school seamlessly switched to online learning and the kids remained engaged and didn't fall behind educationally. They also respected if some children needed adjustments because of the impact that quick shift and social isolation was having on the kiddos and adjusted workloads because the children's mental health was what mattered most. I am immune compromised and TERRIFIED of COVID-19, but we were able to safely send our daughter in person to school because they have gone above and beyond CDC Guidelines and safety measures. Kids' classes are their cohorts and they don't mix cohorts (5th grade has about 20 students total). They have space to break up, they use outdoor spaces and tents, etc. Masking hasn't been an issue...It's been absolutely wonderful! Also, they have the option (which is another thing I attribute lack of COVID-19 spreading at the school) of ConnectED Flex which means that even if my child is an in person student, if I feel the need to keep her home for a few days, weeks, or months, I can do that and she's learning along with her classmates. She doesn't miss a beat. Some people have used this option if they think they may have been exposed or if they had family gatherings and didn't want to risk harm to the rest of The Wilson School family. When numbers got high before Thanksgiving, I brought my daughter home virtually and have kept her home as I watched how things shook out after the holidays. She went back in person when I felt comfortable and didn't lose a step!! Seamless! Oh, and they frequently hold Town Halls to get parents' input on how things are going and what we would like to see and send surveys for us to voice our thoughts, opinions, desires, etc. They celebrate ALL cultures and holidays. They teach the kids to be independent thinkers and speak up on their own behalf rather than parents doing that which I love (my daughter is in 5th grade, it's different if there's a preschooler of course!). They discuss real, relevant issues like what happened on the 6th at the Capitol or what happened with George Floyd. They know this is on kids' minds and they need not only a safe space to have this conversation, but also to know that other people see their HUMANITY. Depending on one's lived experience, certain issues hit differently and they deserve the space to have the conversations and see things from others' viewpoints while respecting and learning from differences. As a Wilson mom, I could not have dreamed of a better school for my daughter. Prior to coming here, I prayed a school like this existed, but thought I would have to settle because nothing like this could possibly exist. Every single day I feel like I'm living a dream. This school is so amazing from the leadership to the staff, to the teachers, to the parents, and straight to the students. My daughter is happy EVERY DAY. She NEVER wants to miss school and the education she is receiving is PHENOMENAL and beyond anything she's EVER experienced. I can't say enough good things about this school. I could go on and on! Finally, they do also offer tuition assistance so don't be deterred by costs. Hope this helps!
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Wilson's a fantastic and very special school that made a deep impression on me and my family. The school has a warm and welcoming culture that you can feel as soon as you walk in the door. The academics set me up for success in secondary school and beyond. I took college classes in Ancient Civilizations and Mythology based on my fascination with what I learned about them at Wilson. My whole family loves going back to visit Wilson to connect old friends and share memories.
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Wilson is a school that feels like an extension of home. Its small size is a true gift to its students and families. Every student and their family is known by the entire faculty and staff, and children are valued as unique individuals. Not only are students challenged academically, they also learn important social and emotional skills to help them succeed out of the school walls. My child loves going to school every day and we feel so lucky to have found such a treasure of a school in St. Louis.
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Wilson is excellent in so many ways, it`s hard to condense into this review. The timeless, classical curriculum with French and Latin, challenging literature, and rigorous math make it the perfect way to start a traditional liberal education. This is not the latest fad; it`s what has worked well for generations. And the student body adds to it. Diversity at Wilson means other languages spoken at home (more than 20 different ones), students born in other countries, parents doing business in many geographies. My children learn so much from hearing the perspectives of these international families. In addition, the faculty and headmaster are long-tenured and heavily invested in the school. It`s not a career stepping stone, nor a place with a fickle board. The benefits of this show in all the details one sees every day as a parent.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MO School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,700
  • Acceptance rate: 86%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Saint Louis, MO is $14,800 for elementary schools and $16,519 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Saint Louis, MO is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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