Chesterfield’s schools, colleges and universities earn high marks
Families in Chesterfield are served by two public school systems as well as private school options. The Chesterfield area is also home to a community college and four universities.
The Parkway School District serves more than 17,000 students in 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, six high schools and an early childhood center. Parkway ranks fifth among all Missouri school districts, according to Niche K-12 rankings. Parkway School District participates in the A+ Schools program, which provides scholarship funds for students who meet certain requirements in academics, attendance and community service. Fifteen of Parkway’s schools are U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools. Parkway established a Spark! Business Incubator for student entrepreneurs in 2014, and was the first district in the St. Louis area to offer Virtual Learning courses.
The Rockwood School District is the largest school district in St. Louis County, with 19 elementary schools, six middle schools and four high schools serving more than 22,000 students. The school district’s high schools collectively offer Advanced Placement courses in 31 subjects. Eighty-six percent of the district’s AP students earn college credit through the AP exams, compared to just 63 percent statewide. The district also ranks high in teacher and staff satisfaction. The St. Louis Dispatch named the school district a Top Workplace in 2016.
Chesterfield Day School serves students from preschool to sixth grade. The school specializes in an individualized education with a curriculum steeped in equipping students with 21st century skills. Preschoolers through first graders are educated based on the Montessori School method. Students are also encouraged to choose from a wide range of community service projects and extracurricular activities. Chesterfield prides itself on ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic diversity of its student body.
Colleges and Universities in Chesterfield
Maryville University of St. Louis offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 90 program areas. The private university serves some 6,800 students through its six colleges, including the School of Education, the Walker College of Health Professions and the John E. Simon School of Business. Maryville University has consistently been named one of the best values in private colleges by Kiplinger’s and was twice named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school also boasts a 94 percent job placement rate.
The University of Missouri St. Louis – West County Continuing Ed Center offers computer training in a number of areas for individuals, as well as specialized employee training for businesses. Likewise, St. Louis Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificates of proficiency in more than 60 areas of study, including arts and communication, business management and technology, engineering and industrial technologies and trades.
Located in St. Charles, MO, Lindenwood University offers 131 degree programs and boasts a student population of 16,000. Lindenwood is rooted in Judeo-Christian values and is known for its leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. The university’s Center for Economics and the Environment is ranked among the world’s best. Logan University in Chesterfield specializes in chiropractic education. Logan offers a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree as well as three master’s degree and two bachelor’s degree programs in health sciences.