City Garden Montessori School

City Garden exists to redefine education by developing the whole child in an excellent, inclusive, Montessori school; to reimagine community by creating spaces and systems that help to restore our collective humanity; and to reinvigorate our world by creating a culture in which individuals and communities thrive without disparities or barriers to success.

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Address: 1618 Tower Grove Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone Number: 314-664-7646 ext. 215
City Garden Montessori School (City Garden) was founded in 1995 as a Montessori Primary, or preschool, program. As a response to the education inequity that exists in the City of St. Louis, City Garden opened a charter elementary school in 2008, under the sponsorship of Saint Louis University. Today, City Garden operates a tuition-based Primary, or preschool, program, as well as a tuition-free, public charter elementary school. We are a neighborhood Montessori school serving the Botanical Heights, Forest Park Southeast, Shaw, Southwest Garden, and Tiffany neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. In 2017-18, City Garden serves 280 students total: 228 charter school students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, and 52 students in our Primary, or preschool, program.

Since 2010, City Garden has been one of the top-performing charter schools in St. Louis. In a 2017 report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), City Garden received a 91.3% score according to MSIP5, DESE's method of evaluating and accrediting school districts. In 2017, City Garden became the first charter school in Missouri to receive a 10-year charter renewal, due to high performance. In addition, City Garden has been one of the only fully-implemented Montessori Primary, or preschool, programs in the City of St. Louis and has provided high quality early learning experiences to the city's children. Our students have gone on to outperform peers in elementary and secondary schools, becoming thoughtful leaders and citizens.
"A polite young boy, about 8 years old, boldly stepped up and introduced himself as Drummond. Without the slightest hint of hesitation in his outstretched hand, I knew this was a child with confidence, manners, and a respect for others. The young man eagerly introduced me to his teachers, his classmates, showed me the different areas of focus around the classroom, and made sure I met each and every animal from the lizards to the birds to the small, furry mammals. Each creature bore a name that had obviously been thought through by some extremely conscientious young people. This was my very first experience of this educational oasis, this place called City Garden Montessori School. I felt obligated to learn more."
--First-time visitor