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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
Address
900 Lay Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
Telephone
(314) 991-0005

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$90
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$20,550
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid
From Community School

Community School is an independent elementary and preschool for age 3 - 6th grade, where students excel in a balanced, challenging, and joyful environment. The 7:1 student-teacher ratio allows personalized attention for each child. Last year, students outscored 95% of independent schools nationwide on standard tests.

Music, art, physical education, drama, woodshop, and foreign language complement and integrate with the academic program, creating a rich learning experience. All of this takes place on a beautiful, 16-acre wooded campus with a pond, nature trail, playing fields, and playgrounds.

School Details

Grades
PK, K-6
Students
346
Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
48
Part-Time Teachers
3

Students

Students
346
Gender
  • Female
    52%
  • Male
    48%
Student Diversity
  • White
    67.3%
  • Asian
    10.4%
  • African American
    9.8%
  • Multiracial
    8.1%
  • Hispanic
    2%
  • International
    2%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.3%
  • Native American
    0%
  • Unknown
    0%
    Living in the Area
    A+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      B-
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      A-
    Area Feel
    Suburban
    Median Household Income
    $203,250
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,797
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $798,500
    National
    $184,700

    Community School Reviews

    9 reviews
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    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 all the children, teachers, and administrators throughout the school. 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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    The teachers here are great. I've had two children here (one has graduated; the other still here), with very different personalities and approaches to learning. The faculty has gone above and beyond to challenge and support both of them. The low student/teacher ratio helps too! Very good communication with teachers and the school.
    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.