Admissions Information

Welcome to City Garden Montessori School’s Admissions Information Page! For your convenience, we have developed the following resource videos as you begin the admissions process for your future City Garden student.

Please be aware, City Garden contains two core programs;

1. A private, tuition-based Preschool (Primary) Program, which offers financial aid to eligible families.
2. A free, public Kindergarten through Eighth grade Charter School.


The admissions process is different for each of these two programs.

To begin the admissions process for our Preschool (Primary) Program, please click the button below.

Preschool (Primary) Program Admissions Process

To begin the admissions process for our Charter School, please click the button below.

Charter School Admissions Process

Preschool (Preschool) Admission Process

Step 1: Eligibility

To be eligible for admission in our Preschool (Primary) Program, families must live in the City of St. Louis. However, because City Garden is a neighborhood school that strives to create a racially and socio-economically diverse environment, we admit students based on the following enrollment preferences.

1. First, we accept students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 1.
2. Then, we accept students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 2.
3. Then, we accept students who are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 1.
4. Then, we accept students who are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 2.
5. Then, we accept students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live anywhere else in the City of St. Louis.
6. Then, we accept students who are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live anywhere else in the City of St. Louis.

Prospective preschool students must be fully potty trained by the first day of school. At City Garden, we define being potty trained as follows;

1. Students must be able to initiate going to the bathroom;
2. Students must be able to independently adjust clothing necessary to urinate or have a bowel movement, and therefore must be capable of wiping;
3. Students may not wear a pull-up or diaper, even at nap time.

If a student exhibits these behaviors at home, but is unable to exhibit them at school, the child may not be eligible to continue school at City Garden until the behaviors are otherwise addressed.

Step 2: Determining Your Catchment

At City Garden, the term “catchment" is utilized to explain a specific, geographic region of the City of St. Louis. We have broken the City of St. Louis into three Catchments.

1. Catchment 1 is a region of St. Louis City that can be drawn by connecting the following intersections/overlapping roadways;

1. Highway 40/Interstate 64 and Grand Boulevard
2. Grand Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue
3. Magnolia Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard
4. Kingshighway Boulevard to Highway 40/Interstate

2. Catchment 2 is a region of St. Louis City that can be drawn by connecting the following intersections/overlapping roadways;

1. Grand Boulevard and Highway 40/Interstate 64
2. Highway 40/Interstate 64 and Compton Avenue
3. Compton Avenue and Gravois Avenue
4. Gravois Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard
5. Kingshighway Boulevard and Arsenal Street
6. Arsenal Street and Grand Boulevard.

3. Catchment 3 is the remaining area of St. Louis City.

We have created an interactive map that folks can use to determine their catchment.

1. First, click the button below.

Determine My Catchment!

2. Then, locate the magnifying glass icon in the top, left-hand corner of the screen.
3. Then, select the magnifying glass icon and key in your address.
4. Once your address appears on the map, determine if your address appears in the red, blue, or yellow regions;

a. If your address appears in the red region, you live in Catchment 1.
b. If your address appears in the blue region, you live in Catchment 2.
c. If your address appears in the yellow region, you live in the City of St. Louis outside of the first two catchments.
d. If your address does not appear in red, blue, or yellow region, your family is not eligible for enrollment.

Step 3: Tuition Information & Financial Aid

City Garden's Preschool (Primary) Program is tuition based. However, tuition at City Garden is dependent upon a family's size and income. This means we offer discounted-tuition for low income families. Please click the button below to review our Income Level Calculator to determine your income level. Your income level will either fall into Income Level A, B, C, or D.

Income Level Calculator

Once you have determine your income level, you can click the button below to determine the tuition fees assigned to each income level.

Preschool (Primary) Tuition Rate Guide

The process to apply for Financial Aid takes place after a family has been accepted. Families will then be asked to fill out a Financial Aid Form, as well as a State Subsidy Form.

Step 4: Submitting an Application

Once you have determined if your family is eligible for enrollment, it’s time to submit an application! All applications to the Preschool (Primary) Program require a $25 non-refundable application fee. To submit an application and request an application invoice, please click the respective buttons below.

Submit a Preschool (Primary) Application
Request a Preschool (Primary) Application Invoice

The deadline to submit an application to our Preschool (Primary) Program is March 18, 2022. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance the week of March 28, 2022. You may contact Liz Harris, School Secretary & Admissions Coordinator, to ensure you have completed all necessary steps and submitted all necessary information for the admissions phase.

Phone Line - (314) 664-7646 Ext. 100
Fax Number - (314) 664-4997 (Fax)
Email Address - liz@citygardenschool.org

Charter School Admission Process

Now enrolling Kindergarten through Seventh Grade!

For the first time ever, City Garden is now enrolling students from kindergarten through seventh grade! 

Step 1: Eligibility

To be eligible for admission in our Charter School, families must live in the City of St. Louis. However, because City Garden is a neighborhood school that strives to create a racially and socio-economically diverse environment, we admit students based on the location of residence and household income.

Step 2: Determining Your Catchment

At City Garden, the term “catchment" is utilized to explain a specific, geographic region of the City of St. Louis. We have broken the City of St. Louis into three Catchments.

1. Catchment 1 is a region of St. Louis City that can be drawn by connecting the following intersections/overlapping roadways;

1. Highway 40/Interstate 64 and Grand Boulevard
2. Grand Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue
3. Magnolia Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard
4. Kingshighway Boulevard to Highway 40/Interstate

2. Catchment 2 is a region of St. Louis City that can be drawn by connecting the following intersections/overlapping roadways;

1. Grand Boulevard and Highway 40/Interstate 64
2. Highway 40/Interstate 64 and Compton Avenue
3. Compton Avenue and Gravois Avenue
4. Gravois Avenue and Kingshighway Boulevard
5. Kingshighway Boulevard and Arsenal Street
6. Arsenal Street and Grand Boulevard.

3. Catchment 3 is the remaining area of the St. Louis City.

We have created an interactive map that folks can use to determine their catchment.

1. First, click the button below.

Determine My Catchment!

2. Then, locate the magnifying glass icon in the top, left-hand corner of the screen.
3. Then, select the magnifying glass icon and key in your address.
4. Once your address appears on the map, determine if your address appears in the red, blue, or yellow regions;

a. If your address appears in the red region, you live in Catchment 1.
b. If your address appears in the blue region, you live in Catchment 2.
c. If your address appears in the yellow region, you live in the City of St. Louis outside of the first two catchments.
d. If your address does not appear in red, blue, or yellow region, your family is not eligible for enrollment.

Step 3: Submitting an Application

Once you have determined if your family is eligible for enrollment, it’s time to submit an application! To submit an application, please click the button below.

Charter School Application

Step 4: Lottery & Deadline

The deadline to submit an application to our Charter School is February 25, 2022. The Charter School Lottery will take place on March 18, 2022 at 5:30 PM, and will only take place if City Garden receives more applications than slots available. The Charter School Lottery serves as our tool for randomly admitting students to City Garden, however we offer enrollment preference to families based on the following criteria;

1. First, we offer enrollment preference to students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 1.
2. Then, we offer enrollment preference to students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 2.
3. Then, we offer enrollment preference to students who are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 1.
4. Then, we offer enrollment preference to students who are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live in Catchment 2.
5. Then, we offer enrollment preference to students live who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live anywhere else in the City of St. Louis.
6. Then, we offer enrollment preference to students live who are not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and live anywhere else in the City of St. Louis.

As City Garden continues to grow its Charter School program, the likelihood for acceptance is much higher than in previous years. Therefore, we strongly encourage all interested families who live in the City of St. Louis to apply. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance the week of March 28, 2022.

You may contact Liz Harris, School Secretary & Admissions Coordinator, to ensure you have completed all necessary steps and submitted all necessary information for the admissions phase.

Phone Line - (314) 664-7646 Ext. 100
Fax Number - (314) 664-4997 (Fax)
Email Address - liz@citygardenschool.org