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Why Choose a PK-6 Private School?

Community School encompasses pre-kindergarten (starting at age 3) through sixth-grade. We believe in the distinct advantages a PK-6 school offers over a typical PK-12 school. Our program and environment focus on nurturing and supporting children during their most formative years. Community School’s PK-6 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.

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Why is PK-6 better for my child than PK-12?

Our PK-6 model is different than the typical school method in that all of our resources are devoted to elementary education. Unlike schools that may need to spend significant energies toward older students (college counseling, high school dances, huge athletic programs), Community School is focused on elementary school students and their development. 

In the PK-6 model, children (particularly 5th- and 6th-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 PK-6 environment benefit my child?

Our approach prepares children for independence and propels them forward personally and academically. 

One particular challenge that other schools face is individualized attention; however, at Community School, our 7-to-1 teacher-student class ratios provide the opportunity for one-on-one attention. Our experienced faculty is aware of developmental levels and trained for and committed to the elementary years. They nurture students throughout their childhood years while preparing them for the rigors of secondary school.

How do children interact in the PK-6 model?

Our thoughtful “buddy programs” between different grade levels have positive effects on both the younger and the older students. Older students seek to model appropriate behaviors and character traits for their little buddies, while the younger children have a positive role model to look up to and learn from.

How will the PK-6 model encourage leadership in my child?

Your child has many early and age-appropriate leadership opportunities. Our upper school students, specifically 5th and 6th graders, embrace the duties of leadership and act as role models for all students. Older students take on lunch program responsibilities and lead assemblies, encouraging them to become comfortable in such roles later on in life.

Why does the model end after 6th grade?

Children often need a change and PK-12 can be a long time to be in one school with the same children. Our students are ready to embrace new challenges, opportunities, and friendships while making a confident transition into their subsequent school years. Community School has an excellent secondary school placement record. A few of the schools our students have gone on to attend include John Burroughs School, MICDS, Chaminade College Preparatory, and Whitfield School.

How will my child transition from 6th grade to secondary school?

Your child’s strengths become more readily apparent by 6th 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.

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Community School is dedicated to providing a positive environment for children’s growth and success. Contact us today to learn more about our specialized program!