Area Schools

St. Louis has earned a reputation for academic leadership. Every year, early childhood educators from around the world visit St. Louis to study the state's acclaimed Parents as Teachers program, a model for supporting parents and delivering screening services to their preschool children. Exceptional public and private schools are located throughout the region. In St. Louis City, three schools were named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. There are several excellent community colleges systems, two state universities, and several internationally acclaimed private universities. The city of St. Louis has the largest public education system in the state of Missouri.

Public Schools

Secondary School

Public Schools are organized by geographic district and governed by local school boards composed of elected representatives. Supported by state and local taxes, they are free to children who reside in the district. Charter schools are public free and open to all children who reside in the district within which the schools are located. They are self-governing and curricula may focus on specific philosophies or industries. Magnet schools are public schools which focus on a specific academic discipline. To learn more about public schools in our area, click here.

Private Independent

Secondary School

Independent Schools of St. Louis includes 38 independently governed elementary and secondary schools throughout the metro area. Each school undergoes a rigorous examination process every seven years to maintain accreditation. Most member schools belong to the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). For a list of ISACS schools, visit The largest sector of private schools in the St. Louis metro are faith-based or Parochial schools. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis is the oldest and largest system of schools in the state, with about 51,000 students enrolled in 303 Roman Catholic elementary and high schools, including nine schools for students with special needs. St. Louis is also home to the world headquarters of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, of which there are 77 schools in the metro area. Ten schools, including two high schools, offer core curriculum in Judaism.

Colleges and Universities

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