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Kirk Day School
12928 Ladue Rd
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 434-4349
private | PK-6 & ungraded
County: St. Louis City


  School Head OfficialYear
Sue D. Pitzer2012
7/26/2012otherI went to Kirk of the Hills for four years and have never loved a school more. No elementary school could have better prepared me for middle and high school than Kirk did. I made many lasting friendships there that endure even to today. The small class sizes allow the teachers to address each and every student's educational needs and target his or her particular strengths and weaknesses. No problem is too small or too great to go to the principal about. I never thought that I would be missing my old elementary school when I entered high school.
7/20/2012parentAs a parent with 3 children who have attended Kirk Day School, I can unequivocally state that KDS provides an extremely positive learning environment, with very strong academics. There have been strikingly few disciplinary distractions. "Bullying" is virtually non-existent. My son graduated from KDS and now attends one of the top high schools in St. Louis, for which he was well-prepared. My children's experience at KDS has been nothing but positive and I think you would be hard-pressed to find more attentive, caring, and competent teachers and administrators.
5/15/2012parentCurriculum is very old and outdated (more than 10 years in most cases and still not being changed). Desperately need to address low quality academics. Kindergarten has no graduation ceremony, which is odd. Reading program is exceptionally weak compared to other schools. Saxon Math sounds good but, textbooks are 12 years old. You will pay the same price as other schools that update and improve curriculum regularly. Not your answer if your desire is anything near even average academics. Really look carefully and buyer beware. Still not using literature for reading. Reading curriculum is from a very old Open Court textbook (more than 10 years old). School appears to be a disciplined environment on the surface, but that's not the case. The lack of structure negatively impacts the classroom and prohibits an effective learning environment. Teachers spend majority of time dealing with discipline/ intense bullying issues instead of teaching with minimal support from administration. Christian label but not practically applied especially between peers.
3/17/2008otherI am a former teacher at the Kirk. It was an exceptional school - very supportive of parents, staff, and students. A previous reviewer must have little knowledge of the Kirk, as one of the top special education teachers works on staff - one of the few Christian schools to readily embrace special needs kids. They unapologetically hold to a Christian world and life view and teach consistently with it. This undoubtedly offends those not of the same persuasion. Though I now live out of the country, I would, if still in the area, unreservedly send my own children to the Kirk.
2/1/2006parentKirk is a great school. They have low student/teacher ratios and are willing to help with children that learn outside the norm. Parents are always helping out at school.
1/14/2006parentKirk is a great school if your child fits their mold - upper class, perfect behavior, no special needs, fundamentalist Protestant. They are very poorly equipped to deal with anything which deviates from that. Discipline is dealt with entirely from a religious perspective, with no apparent knowledge of how to effectively deal with special needs children. They are also ill equipped to deal with the particular needs of divorced parents - aside from mailing home information, the non-custodial parent is totally ignored. And forget about diversity - the only poor kids are those of visiting missionaries, and even the janitor is white.

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