Daycares and Schools

Educational opportunities play a major role in attracting new residents to Shaw and keeping residents here as their families grow.  In an effort to educate realtors, potential buyers and current residents about all the educational options in and around Shaw, below is a list of schools in our area.

> City Garden Montessori School (www.citygardenschool.org)
Preschool through 6th grade
2109 S. Spring Ave.
St. Louis MO 63110 | 314-664-7646
City Garden Montessori Charter School is a tuition-free, public elementary school, serving the Botanical Heights, Forest Park Southeast Shaw, and portions of the Southwest Garden and Tiffany neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. They opened in the Fall of 2008 with grades kindergarten through 3rd. Each year one grade level will be added until they are a fully-functioning K-6th grade elementary school. City Garden Montessori School also operates a preschool which is a private, tuition-based school serving children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old.
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> Cornerstone Center for Early Learning
(www.cornerstonecenterstl.org)
Daycare and preschool
3901 Russell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110 | (314) 865-5244
As St. Louis’ first accredited early learning facility, Cornerstone Center for Early Learning provides high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care and education for children while following a Constructivist philosophy that governs all aspects of operation. As a nonprofit, United Way agency, the Center encourages the development of all people within its sphere, promoting the autonomy, creativity, and initiative of children, staff, and family members.
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5031 Potomac Street, St. Louis, Mo 63139 (314) 353-8875

Kennard Classical Junior Academy (CJA) is a Gifted and Talented Magnet School located just south of “The Hill,” a historic Italian neighborhood.  Winner of the 2009 Blue Ribbon School Award, it was recognized as one of the fifteen high-performing elementary schools in the state of Missouri and was granted Missouri’s Gold Star School distinction.

Kennard’s goal is first to improve student achievement by providing challenges that promote intellectual, social, emotional, and creative excellence. The learning community collaborates to nurture and promote an appreciation of diversity and individuality and to work diligently to instill self-confidence and a sense of empowerment in students. The staff, as well as other stakeholders, recognize that when students know they have a voice and are taught how to use that voice responsibly and productively students learn to become productive, accountable members of society.

As a member of Missouri’s Professional Learning Community Project and with more than 95% of the teaching staff qualified with gifted certification and five with National Board Certification, the Kennard staff understands that the fundamental purpose of school is student learning. Therefore, the staff is equipped to minimize teaching students what they already know, provide new challenges, and strive to make learning a positive experience for each child.
Kennard has many after school activities to choose from such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Tiger Music (violin, piano, flute and clarinet), Chess Club and  Girls on the Run as well as monthly family events such as movie night, family enrichment nights, Fall Festival, and year end picnic.
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Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center (http://slpses.schoolwires.net/mullanphyilc)

Elementary School 
4221 Shaw | St. Louis, MO 63110 314-772-0994
The mission of Mullanphy ILC is to enable students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing diverse learning experiences and opportunities to achieve success. Mullanphy promotes collaboration between staff, faculty, students and families, as well as community agencies, in order to ensure that each child has the tools and experiences to exhibit physical, emotional, academic, and social growth. As an investigative learning center, Mullanphy is a school of choice for inquiry-based learning. The school also sustains an active working relationship with the math and science community resources in the St. Louis area.
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> St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School
(www.smos-school.org)
Preschool through 8th grade
93964 Castleman | St. Louis MO 63110 | 314-776-7837
St. Margaret’s has been developing great students and great people from its original building in South St. Louis since 1918. Located in the heart of historic Shaw Neighborhood, the school attracts a diverse population from various backgrounds and persuasions. Its mission has always been to provide an outstanding learning environment in which children are challenged to meet their potential and recognize their gifts in mind, body and spirit.

The school focuses upon each child as an individual with unique strengths and talents, reaching out to each one at his or her own intellectual level. The school’s enrollment also includes 20-30% non-Catholic students. It is the school’s commitment to welcome all children in the community, regardless of race, creed or national origin.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education named St. Margaret of Scotland a National Blue Ribbon School. It was one of only four Missouri schools to receive this honor, which recognizes schools with students who had exemplary scores on their state assessment tests.
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Shaw Avenue Children’s Center
(www.shawavechildrenscenter.com)
Daycare and preschool
4265 Shaw Avenue | St. Louis, MO 63110 | 314-771-0780
Shaw Avenue Children’s Center provides non-profit, high quality child care for a diverse group of children ages six weeks through five years and their families. Its program is based on, and promotes, understanding of child development; commitment to family support; inclusion of persons with special needs; and the practice of conflict resolution learning.
Classes are divided into four age groupings for infants, toddlers, younger preschoolers and older preschoolers. Outdoor space includes play structures, sand play space, a children’s gardening area, and a separate hard surface area for wheeled riding toys.
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> Sherman Elementary
(http://slpses.schoolwires.net/shermancec)
Elementary School
3942 Flad Ave. | St. Louis, MO 63110|  314-776-2626
Sherman Elementary School’s faculty and staff pledge time, talents, commitment and service to ensure the academic, social/emotional, and intellectual growth of the school’s students in the greater Shaw Neighborhood and surrounding communities. The school’s goal is to educate the whole child to become life-long learners and productive citizens of their city, state, country and the world.
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> Tower Grove Christian School
(www.tgcs.net)
Kindergarten through 12th grade
4257 Magnolia | St. Louis MO 63110 | 314-776-6473
Founded in 1978 as a ministry of Tower Grove Baptist Church, the enrollment is nearly 300 students in grades K-12. The school serves students from St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Charles counties, City of St. Louis, and western Illinois. Tower Grove provides a challenging and comprehensive elementary, middle and high school program. A college preparatory program, Tower Grove Christian School develops competence in Bible, English, fine and practical arts, mathematics, physical education, health, science and social studies.

> South City Preparatory Academy (www.southcityprep.org)
5th-6th grade for 2011-2012 school year.  Adding one grade per year until 12th grade
2900 South Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 800-3097

South City Prep is a free, college preparatory public school, serving students living in St. Louis City.  The school will open in the the Fall of 2011 with 5th and 6th grade with one grade added per year through 12th grade.  South City Prep will focus on individualized instruction, an extended school day, and a year-round school calendar.

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