Who can apply to City Garden?


catchment-area-keyPreference will be given to families who live in our 1st catchment zone, but we have a few spots reserved for families who live outside our 1st catchment. Financial aid is available to families who live in our 1st catchment.

A limited number of slots are available for students who live outside of this geographic area. Interested families should fill out the application and call or email the school.

Email apply@citygardenschool.org, or call 314-664-7646 for enrollment information.

Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades

Anyone living in the City of St. Louis is allowed to apply to our Charter School program; however, for the past two years we have filled our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades during the first lottery from the 1st catchment. We expect to fill our school from the 1st catchment area each year, although you are welcome to apply as long as you reside in the City of St. Louis. The 1st catchment zone is in south St. Louis City, from Kingshighway (western boundary) to Grand (eastern boundary), from Highway 40 (northern boundary) to Magnolia (southern boundary). This is roughly the 63110 zip code, although there are a few blocks in the 63110 zip code that are not in the 1st catchment zone. Please check the map above or call the school if you are unsure about whether you are in the 1st catchment.

What are our chances for getting in?

It depends on how many applications we receive. We anticipate having more applications than spots again this year. This means that there is a chance you will not be accepted. We strongly encourage you to apply to at least two other schools. Many of our Kindergarten spots are filled by “sibling preference.” This is a Missouri statute that ensures that siblings can stay in the same school. For example, of the 30 spots available in Kindergarten for the school year, more than half of the spots have been taken by siblings of older children already in the school. The “sibling preference” statute does not apply to cousins or other family members.

What grades do you serve?

Our Primary program (ages 3 and 4) is a private, not-for-profit, tuition-based program. Students must turn 3 on or before July 31 of the year they are applying and students must be fully potty trained. Enrollment in our Primary program does not guarantee placement into our K-8 program.

Our K-8 program is a public charter school. We accept new students in Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades. Because we teach using the Montessori Theory of Development, which is quite different than a traditional school approach,  students must have a solid Montessori experience during their first three years of schooling to be successful in our school. It is quite difficult for children to transition into a Montessori environment after second grade. For this reason, we do not accept new students in grades 3-8.

When can we apply?

If you are applying for the start of the 2020-21 school year, the earliest you can apply is October 7, 2019. The “cut off” date for birthdays is July 31 for the year in which you are applying. For example, your child needs to be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2020 if you are applying to kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Charter School applications are due February 27, 2020; however, we will accept applications, to be added to the wait list pool, for the 2020-21 school year through March 2020 and will fill any spots that become open by drawing names from that wait list pool.

How do I apply?

The admissions process for the 2020-21 school year will open October 7, 2019. Charter School applications are due February 27, 2020; however, you may continue to apply for the 2020-21 school year, and be added to the wait list pool, through March 2020. We will admit students from the wait list pool as spots open.

If you are applying to our Primary (preschool) program, serving students age 3 and 4, click this link, fill out the form, gather the required documents and $25 application fee and mail or deliver them in person to our school. Students must be 3 on or before July 31, be fully potty trained, and live in the 1st catchment zone. We are no longer offering a 3 day option. There is no deadline for Primary applicants. However, we prefer to receive applications as early as possible, preferably before March 13th. Applications received after March 13th will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.

If you are applying to Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, click this link, fill out the online form, then send (1) child’s original birth certificate, (2) up-to-date immunization and health records, (3) two proofs of residency, and (4) parent’s original Photo ID to the school. You can bring the documents in person or mail to City Garden’s Admissions Coordinator and School Secretary, 1618 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110. Because so many documents must be originals, you are welcome to bring them in person, have them immediately processed, and take them home again. If originals must be mailed, you can pick them up in person at your convenience. The deadline for applications for the 2020-2021 Lottery for the Charter Program is February 27, 2020 and the Lottery is to be held at the school on March 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm and is open to the public.

When can we tour the school?

The calendar will announce all of our Prospective Parent Tours for the year. These will take place one or two times per month. If you are unable to attend the listed Prospective Parent Tours, please contact the school to ask for other tour opportunities.

When will we know if we’ve been accepted?

If you are applying for the Primary placement, you will receive word from the Admissions Coordinator. We will begin accepting students in late March or April for the following year.

If you are applying for a spot in Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, the Admissions Coordinator will contact you to let you know of your placement. The first catchment lottery is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020. Families will find out if they are accepted, or if they are on the wait list, on Friday, March 13, 2020.