Forsyth School_School Profile

Forsyth School is a leading independent, co-educational elementary school for children age 3 through Grade 6. Located next door to Washington University and across the street from Forest Park in the Wydown-Forsyth Historic District, Forsyth provides an unforgettable experience on a one-of-a-kind campus with classrooms in six re-purposed, historic homes. The challenging and engaging curriculum fosters independence and prepares students to thrive in secondary school and beyond.

Forsyth Mission:
To provide children with a supportive atmosphere and opportunities for success in order that they may develop self-confidence and a love of learning


Age 2 through Grade 6, coed


Lower School: Age 2 through Grade 2
Upper School: Grades 3–6



Students of Color:


Zip Codes Represented:

41 from Missouri and Illinois


6235 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105
Wydown-Forsyth Historic District


Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)


National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL)
Educational Records Bureau (ERB)

Current Publications:

2017/18 Annual Report
2019/20 Forsyth Facts Brochure
2020 Forsyth Summer Discovery Camp Guide

School Hours:

Before Care: 7:00–8:00am
Morning Arrival: 8:00–8:15am
School Day: 8:15am–3:30pm
Afternoon Dismissal: 3:30–3:45pm
Early Dismissal (every Thursday): 3:00–3:15pm
After Care: 3:30–6:00pm (3:00–6:00pm on Thursdays)

Founding Year:


Size of Campus:

4.5 Acres

Notable Buildings:

Fillmore House: Built 1925, Acquired 1965, Renovated 2015
Dunbar House: Built 1930, Acquired 1977
New House & Arts Center: Built 1927, Acquired 1989
Gerdine House: Built 1926, Acquired 1995
Last House: Built 1928, Acquired 1996, Renovated 2013
Rand Center for Performing Arts & Athletics: Built 1997
Next House: Built 1929, Acquired 2012, Renovated 2013

Forsyth’s six historic homes are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Wydown-Forsyth Historic District by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Head of School:

Daniel Hildebrand

School Mascot:

Freddy Falcon

School Colors:

Green & White

Forsyth Honor Code:
As a member of the Forsyth community, I will always be honest, kind, respectful, responsible, fair, and practice good sportsmanship. I will do my part to make Forsyth a special place.


45 (34 classroom teachers, 11 specialist teachers)

  • 78% female, 22% male
  • 78% with 10+ years of experience
  • 64% hold advanced degrees

Special classes in each of the following areas:

  • Movement & Music | Pre-K/Junior-K 
  • Yoga | Pre-K/Junior-K/Senior-K
  • Library | Pre-K through Grade 6
  • Science | Pre-K through Grade 6
  • Spanish | Pre-K through Grade 6
  • Physical Education | Junior-K through Grade 6
  • Art | Senior-K through Grade 6
  • Drama | Senior-K through Grade 6
  • Music | Senior-K through Grade 6
  • Latin | Grades 4–6
Student-Faculty Ratio:


Average Class Size:


Tuition (2019/20):

Grades 1–6: $21,337
Pre-K/Junior-K/Senior-K: $20,816
Pre-K 1:00pm Dismissal: $14,220 [limited space availability]

Students Receive Need-Based Financial Aid:


Campus Sustainability:

105 species of native plants on campus
105 solar panels on the roof of the Rand Center
Faculty-led Go Green Forsyth Committee
Grade 6 Green Schools Quest

Extracurricular Activities:

After-School Classes, Clayton Recreation League Sports
Forsyth Summer Discovery Camp Program (June–August)