St. Louis City Magnet Pre-School Program

Dawn Griffin Posted by
Schools, St. Louis Dec 2013

Navigating St. Louis City schools can be a little daunting. There are neighborhood schools, Magnet Schools, Charters Schools and Private Schools. If you have a young child just getting ready to enter the school system, it is hard to know where to begin.

Let the research begin! I amassed the information below from the St. Louis Public School site and the site for STL Magnet Schools. There’s nothing radical below, just a compilation of some basic information on Pre-School and Elementary Magnet School options for STL. Hope this helps you get started!

St. Louis City has 43 Early Childhood education sites. Of those 11 are considered Magnet Schools.  Ten of the Magnet Elementary schools offer a PreSchool program but only 4 of those accept 3 year-olds. The eleventh school on the list has only 3rd-5th grade and it was designed for those student matriculating out of Stix and Wilkinson.

Ames VPA (2900 Hadley) 241-7165

Dewey IS (6746 Clayton) 645-4845

Gateway (#4 Gateway Drive) 241-8255

Kennard CJA (5131 Potomac) 353-8875

Mallinckrodt (6020 Pernod) 352-9212

Mullanphy (4221 Shaw) 772-0994

Shaw VPA (5329 Columbia) 776-5091

Stix ECC (647 Tower Grove Ave) 533-0874

Washington Montessori (1130 N Euclid) 361-0432

Wilkinson EC (1921 Prather) 645-1202

Humbolt (2516 N. 9th) 932-5720


Ames VPA (2900 Hadley) 314-241-7165

Is this a magnet school?     YES

Is the school fully accredited?   Unaccredited (as of 12/2013)

What grade levels are offered at your school?  Pre K-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? No

What is the student to teacher ratio?PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Visual and Performing Arts


Dewey IS (6746 Clayton) 314-645-4845
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Provisionally (as of 12/2013)

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? NO

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school?  NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? World languages, cultures and histories


Gateway (#4 Gateway Drive) 314-241-8255
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Accredited

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? NO

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Math, Science and Technology


Kennard CJA (5131 Potomac) 314-353-8875
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Accredited with Distinction (as of 12/2013)

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? NO

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS/20:1, Kindergarten-5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school?  NO

Does the child have to test into the school? YES

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Gifted and Accelerated


Mallinckrodt (6020 Pernod) 314-352-9212
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Accredited with Distinction

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-3rd/Gifted: 3rd-5th/General Academics

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? NO

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS/20:1, Kindergarten-5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? YES

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Transitioning to Gifted+Accelerated for all grades


Mullanphy (4221 Shaw) 314-772-0994
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Unaccredited (as of 12/2013)

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? YES

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Taught through investigative learning activities


Shaw VPA (5329 Columbia) 314-776-5091
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Provisionally (as of 12/2013)

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? NO

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Visual and Performing Arts


Stix ECC (647 Tower Grove Ave) 314-533-0874
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Accredited

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th Grade

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? YES

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis?  Instructional methodology of Project Construct


Washington Montessori (1130 N Euclid) 314-361-0432
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Unaccredited

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? YES

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Montessori Method


Wilkinson EC (1921 Prather) 314-645-1202 PS-2nd Grade
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Accredited with Distinction

What grade levels are offered at your school? PreK-2nd

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? YES

What is the student to teacher ratio? PS-2nd Grade/20:1, 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Project Construct offers students “hands-on, minds-on” experiences


Humbolt Academy of Higher Learning (2516 N. 9th) 932-5720 3rd-5th
Is this a magnet school? YES

Is the school fully accredited? Unaccredited

What grade levels are offered at your school? 3rd-5th

Does Pre-k include 3 year olds? N/A

What is the student to teacher ratio? 3rd-4th/22:1, 5th/25:1

Does the child have to live in a particular area to attend the school? NO

Does the child have to test into the school? NO

Tours Available? Call the school and ask for a tour

What is the school’s emphasis? Constructivist curriculum


Special Thanks to Stacy Clay and Louis Kruger of SLPS who helped me consolidate some of this information!

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