Why Pre-K Through Sixth Grade?
Community School encompasses pre-kindergarten (starting at age 3) through sixth grade. We believe in the distinct advantages a pre-kindergarten through sixth school offers over a typical pre-kindergarten through twelfth school. Our program and environment focus on nurturing and supporting children during their most formative years. Community School’s model creates a solid foundation for your child’s development and success. We encourage children to feel safe taking risks, exploring new activities, and challenging themselves.
Why is pre-kindergarten through sixth better for my child than pre-kindergarten through twelfth?
In the pre-kindergarten through sixth model, children (particularly fifth and sixth grade students) remain children longer without the challenges and pressures of secondary or high school. The elementary school environment allows students to experience age-appropriate activities and events, without the influence of high school students.
How does the pre-kindergarten through sixth environment benefit my child?
How do children interact in the pre-kindergarten through sixth model?
How will the pre-kindergarten through sixth model encourage leadership in my child?
Why does the model end after sixth grade?
How will my child transition from sixth grade to secondary school?
Your child’s strengths become more readily apparent by sixth grade. With a variety of outstanding secondary school choices in St. Louis—each with its own niche—determining the right fit is much easier when your child is 12 years old as opposed to 3 or 4.
Plus, secondary school choice is a team effort. Beginning in fifth grade, the Head of School, Upper Division Director, and teachers work with your family and secondary school admission directors to find a next school “match” that best supports your child’s gifts and talents.