Our Approach to Learning

At New City School we recognize that students must be prepared for tomorrow's challenges with a rigorous academic curriculum. Our students average more than three years above grade level on standardized tests. However, at New City these achievements only form the foundation for sustained academic success.

At New City we work towards fostering a genuine understanding of questions and problems. Students are encouraged to work in group settings to problem-solve and answer questions. These skills are the hallmarks of successful members of society.

We rely on more than just textbooks to convey information. By teaching through experiences we ensure that our students don't just memorize facts, but develop a genuine understanding of the curriculum. Our teachers routinely turn familiar elementary school units into memorable events (such as our fourth grade Living Museum) that our students are still talking about years after the fact.

Our use of multiple intelligences theory as a basis for curriculum enhances the strength of our academic program. It allows children to develop in many different ways and to use their range of strengths and talents for learning and growing. Our students learn how to solve problems while appreciating the fun and excitement of the process!  

New City School helps students find the pathways to learning that best fit their talents. At the same time, children learn to appreciate the strengths of others, a big step toward understanding differences and building bridges of cooperation towards common goals.

Our students graduate with confidence about their futures. Our students’ success as achievers and group leaders is often noted by their secondary school teachers. We are proud to send our graduating students to respected St. Louis area schools such as Chaminade, Crossroads, John Burroughs, Mary Institute Country Day, St. Louis Priory, Villa Duchesne, Visitation Academy, and Whitfield as well as local parochial and public schools.