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PK-6
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St. Louis, MO
 

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5209 Waterman Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108

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(314) 361-6411
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January 28, 2015
New City is light-years ahead of other schools. They were looking at the whole child and character education before everyone. Academic rigor is a huge focus and multiple intelligences. The idea that all children learn differently has been the core value of NCS from the start when Tom Hoerr joined the school. Top notch teachers that truly care about your child, and they want to know how your child best learns and wants your child to be the best they can be. When I ask one of my child's teachers a simple question, I get a detailed account of where they are, why/data and where they will be. Another thing I love about New City is that they emphasize public speaking and expression. I have talked to secondary school admissions folks and they comment that they can tell which kids went to NCS because they are so prepared and confident in themselves because they know their strengths and weakness. They are the organizers of doing good! I love NCS and wish I could have gone there!

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2015
Serious issues. My daughter was afraid of her kindergarten teacher for an entire year and nothing substantial was done about it. We asked several times to switch teachers and were told, "Not gonna happen." My daughter really withered, and changed into a withdrawn and unhappy child, and toward the end of the year, ran out of the school one day and down the street without anyone noticing it. Her teacher didn't contact me about this for a week, though I sent repeated requests to meet. Switching to a different school quickly revived my kid, though, and she's a strong, happy, confident learner now. Amazing what the right school can do.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2014
I have three kids at New City and they are all thriving. The entire administrative staff, including the head of school, is always accessible, always ready and willing to listen, and genuinely interested in every child and their progress. No school is an art gallery; every school rather is a workshop. The questions to ask therefore include: are the kids happy working in this workship; do they look forward to go to school; are they challenged and pushed to go outside their comfort zones; is the school willing and able to individualize teaching; are the teachers responsive and accessible; do they care about your child's education. In the case of all my three kids, the answer to those questions has been and remains a resounding yes. There's a zero-tolerance policy on bullying; everyone is treated with respect. There's a palpable buzz as you enter the school and you understand that energy when you look closely at the smiling kids, the eager faculty, and the able administration. The school has great leadership, and the curriculum is rich and varied. Education is valued at New City, and if you do, too, then you should seriously consider this school for your child.

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2013
This is our second year at New City and so far we are very happy. Our child's experience has been great. The teachers we have had have both been amazing, engaging, personable, insightful. In pre-K she was one of 9, and in K she is one of 12. You can't beat the ratios. We truly apppreciate the commitment to diversity, of all kinds. 40% of the students receive financial need-based scholarships which I believe is the highest of any private school in the area (barring one that is 100% scholarship). Sure there are a number of kids from upper-middle class families, that's how they fund the rest. At least so far, the kids seem truly unaware of who is on scholarship and who is not. As am I, as a parent. I am constantly impressed by the quality of the students there. They are confident, well-spoken, and well-mannered.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2013
New City has done a reasonable job educating my child, but I do think there is some merit to some of the negative reviews here. On one hand, the academics are strong, and they seem to do a pretty good job challenging kids of abilities ranging from average to above. Their efforts to support kids with learning disabilities aren't very obvious, and it may not be the best pick for a child with these issues. The workload is mostly appropriate, although the coordination between teachers of different subjects could be better. The foreign language (Spanish) is an awkward stepchild and very poorly integrated with the rest of the curriculum. The school prides itself on diversity, but it feels a little bit contrived: kids of doctors, kids of lawyers, and underrepresented minorities. Better than not reaching out to minorities, I suppose, but not really organic. And there really is a cloying self-satisfaction about the place. I generally feel like my concerns about my child's experience are managed, rather than considered. Despite these reservations, no school is ideal, and NCS has performed reasonably for the 8 years we've been there.

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2013
The school is filled with supportive students, parents and teachers. Walk in the red doors and decide for yourself if it's the right place for you and your children. We have four children who have attended at New City and we could not do it without the wonderful financial scholarships that are offered.

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2013
I have been a parent at New City School for 15 years now. I have had three kids go through NCS and it has been wonderful for all three of them. My oldest is now in college and the skills he gained at NCS have helped him along his whole journey. Not only have all three of my children learned the basic academic skills necessary to excel, but even more they have learned the intangible skills of appreciating others, reaching out to others who might be different from themselves, and being caring people. I have been so proud of them on numerous occasions when they have stood up against something that is wrong whether that is name calling or the mocking of another. If I had to do it all again, I would, without reservation, send me kids to New City School. It has exceed my high expectations and I am grateful for all that NCS has given my family.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2013
New City School is a unique learning environment that fosters creativity, appreciation for those of different race, religion, socio-economic background and really Instills in the children a deep ability in critical thinking. My children have made close friendships with a wide variety of children - through these diverse friendships, they have experienced a very special childhood that I imagine is hard to come by outside New City. The teachers and staff have always been supportive and encouraging of my children but also push them academically. When my older son was in kindergarten, I was awestruck one day during the daily morning sing-a-long. Despite the real world out there, MLK's dream is alive and well at New City and sometimes seeing such diverse kindergartners holding hands without any judgment of color or religion gives me hope for the future. The world would be a better place if more children had the opportunity to experience a grade school education comparable to New City. I will dearly miss the school - the children, parents and teachers have become an integral part of the fabric of our family and the relationships have brought us much joy over the years.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2013
Please believe the concerns raised in the reviews here --they are really true! My child has been scarred by rampant, but subtle bullying that the administration does not ever address! There is definitely a culture of snobbism that is communicated to the kids and that contributes to the bullying, as described nicely in a review a few entries below this one. The school also does not do a great job with kids at the extremes, failing to identify or provide resources or direction for the extremely gifted or for those with learning issues.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2013
NCS is a wonderful place for children and their families! As a mom of color, I found the school to be an excellent fit for my family. My daughters, both alums who are now attending a selective secondary school, had a joyful experience! They were challenged to think creatively, work hard and to achieve "genuine knowledge and understanding" in all subject areas. As a result, students are performing way beyond grade-level! The "special difference" is the broad focus on diversity and values, a combination that you don't find anywhere else. Children learn to respect and appreciate the broad spectrum of diversity that they will experience in life. For example, history is taught from multiple perspectives where the voices of women and other diverse people are prominent. Teachers are some of the most engaged and knowledgeable in the U.S., and they too are encouraged to learn, grow and share! Most importantly, children are allowed to learn and grow side-by-side with children that are similar as well as dramatically different from themselves. Progressive? Yes, but we just call it that magic that happens behind the red doors!

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2013
I am an alum of New City. At New City School, the teachers make learning fun. Not only did this fantastic institution foster a love of learning that I cherish to this day, but the teachers and faculty at New City infused me with a confidence and a drive that made me feel like I was capable of absolutely anything. They encouraged us to be brave, ask questions, and tap into our multiple intelligences. They empowered us to not just be seats in a classroom, but to be citizens of the world. The lessons I learned at New City School far exceed that of a traditional elementary school education, for I know I would not be half the woman I am today without the amazing individuals whom instilled in me the core values of Academics, Ambiance, and Diversity."

- submitted by a community member

July 26, 2013
We could not wish for a better, more supportive school/community for both my boys. My second grader showed signs of struggle, (within the 1st mo of school) the teacher and a math specialist asked to step-in. In 45 days, he went from being a kid who would not raise his hand in math to LOVING math classes. They taught the math skills to succeed and the confidence to be involved. When students excel in an area, the schools approach seems to be unique. One of my boys is a voracious reader. He wanted to read books well beyond his age-appropriate level. They challenged my son to be a better reader vs. a faster reader. They taught him how to better understand the content, how to 'read between the lines', how to analysis the authors intent and so on. His ability to grasp what he reads now is truly remarkable. NCS has grown in our 6 years there. The newest initiative is to teach the children more "grit". Failure is a step to success. Hard work is the way to succeed. Ask the admissions people at the areas top school. They ll tell you that NCS students are very well academically prepared to learn and compassionate community leaders. Exactly what I want my children to have accomplished.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2013
My child went to this school for several years. All they care about are so-called gifted kids. The rest of the kids get nothing from this place. They do nothing to provide any additional academic help to any struggling students and in fact all they want there are students who do well, so they can keep up their fake image of being great. They have no idea how to teach regular kids. This place is useless for ordinary kids or kids who lack self-confidence. All anyone does there is pat themselves and each other on the back constantly in some sort of mutual admiration society. It's only for wealthy people who think their kids are brilliant. I found it to be an annoying and frustrating snob fest. Avoid this place and don't buy into all their propaganda. Sending my child there was the worst decision I ever made and things have been so much better academically and in all aspects of education since leaving this school. Believe the bad reviews below. The good ones are just self-congratulating propaganda by parents with an overblown sense of their own importance. Whatever you do don't send your child to this place unless you're a rich snob who wants your child to grow up to be the same.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2013
To the parent with bullying issues, no worries, there will be absolutely none of that at NCS. We spent eight years there and those are of some of the coolest, nicest, most interesting kids you will ever meet! The teachers are fantastic and go out of there way to help! I was always amazed at how much an adult can learn, know and understand about all the kids in their class!! The only downside is to check your tuition bill. I will give the benefit of the doubt and blame it on the software they use?? Just be sure to spend a few minutes and check it.There is no reason to be charged multiple late fees when one has paid early and/or over paid for the previous month, now is there?! (Just remember the finance guys aren't the ones in the classroom!) They used to have a lot of parent clubs, up to and including a LGBT, however, it ticked me off that they refused to have any LD groups. My son had ADD and dyslexia, and was gifted in math. For the 8 years we were there, he had a fantastic lady he adored who helped him with all of it.

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2013
Thursday of this week marks the 100th day of our third year at New City School. As a child, I was fortunate to have experienced a wonderful private grade school education in St. Louis, and as a parent, I wanted nothing but the same for my children. NCS has not only met, but has exceeded our expectations. It is an exceptional and engaging environment which encourages children to enjoy learning, while instilling in them the passion to want to learn more. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best, show compassion, display creativity, utilize critical thinking and develop leadership skills. NCS is also committed not only to the community of its students, families and faculty but to the community at large. As a result, they help mold and shape the kind of people and leaders we want for our children's future. We feel confident that we chose the best school for our child and family, but more importantly it chose us. We could not be happier with our experience at New City School and cannot wait to send our next child soon.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2013
We are relatively new to NCS after having some serious bullying issues at another school. My child can finally breathe. He is a gifted child, but needs to be engaged and the school is doing just that. More importantly, the focus on the social/emotional growth of the child is where my child is benefitting most. NCS offers a safe environment where kids can celebrate others as well as themselves.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2012
We are in our third year at New City School. I couldn't ask for a better learning environment for my children There is just something about New City kids that sets them apart. They are articulate, conscientious, and confident without coming off as entitled. Students begin practicing oral presentation in pre-k and they are so comfortable in their own skin. Each student has a chance to thrive in the areas they naturally excel at and they are pushed in the areas they are not naturally good at. As a result the students are remarkably well rounded. The school's commitment to diversity creates an extraordinary student body that reflects the great economic and cultural diversity of our city and beyond. As a parent concerned with the public school options in St. Louis, I was afraid we would have to send our kids to a private school that wouldn't reflect the demographics of the real world. New City achieves what I never thought possible in private school education...making a world class education possible for all.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2012
The school really seems to have slipped, both academically and administratively, during the seven years we've been here. We are seriously thinking of leaving and regret having begun here to begin with.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2012
We pulled our children out of New City School and it was the best thing we ever did. The school did not provide a challenging environment for our gifted children. Our eldest was bored. Plus, the school didn't respond when our eldest was bullied. Also, one of the teachers spoke of our child to me in a derogatory way. It was also of concern to us that there is no school nurse if there is an emergency.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2012
This is a great school, with committed teachers and is genuinely diverse. I highly recommend it to anyone living in the City of St Louis.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2012
The school stressed diversity, however the choose to leave out learning disabilities as a piece of diversity, which is huge in the real world. They bragged about their learning specialist who apparently is reserved for parents who pay full tuition. My partner and I were told that they could not help our typical ADHD child, however there were students with more in depth needs that were allowed to stay because their parents paid full tuition and because they donated money to the school each year. When I talked to some of the other parents who had children like mine, I was told that I should, " kick in" some money to the annual giving and that they would take care of my child's needs. This parent was also a board member. What a waste of $$, especially since I did not get any of the tuition, I paid in advance, back after they asked my child to leave.

- submitted by a community member

October 26, 2010
I love and value environments where everything is not spoon fed to folks-- environments that encourage people to think an act on their own. New City School meets that standard more than any educational institutuion I've ever been involved in with the possible exception of law school! The school is grounded in excellent academics, of course but it goes so much further than that. At this school kindergardners give presentations and are taught public speaking skills! At this school Kindergardners are taught about Van Goh and Monet! My seven year old son knows about stuff that most folks who graduate from high school don't know about! Wow, this is a wonderful place. If intellectual exploration is important to you send your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2010
From the top down, New City School is a powerhouse. Both my brother and I attended from preschool through 6th grade, continued to thrive at Burroughs, and made it into top colleges & grad schools. What's more, NCS nourished my non-academic talents and fostered a love for social justice and service that has followed me into my career, first as a Teach For America corps member, and now in the non-profit world. I have read some commenters discussing "bullying," and failing to teach children to be nice to one another. I was actually quite stunned--I certainly didn't fit the "mold" of a private school kid, and always felt respected. Whenever I had a concern, I could take it to my teacher or to Tom, and it would be addressed. Great emphasis is placed on diversity and appreciation, so I would encourage you to judge for yourself!

- submitted by a community member

August 05, 2010
I attended NCS for only kindergarten and first grade, back in 1992-94. I transferred to a public school in the second grade for financial reasons, and up until the 7th grade I had not learned any science I did not already learn at NCS. New City School was honestly the most important educational experience of my life, where intelligence and creativity was promoted and cherished - a value that has stuck with me for nearly 20 years now. I am currently doing a PhD at MIT, and I still drink coffee out of my New City School mug. Cannot recommend highly enough.

- submitted by a community member

January 13, 2010
Looking back on all of my child's time spent in school, now that he is in high school, I can truly say that New City School was the low point in his education in all ways. We should have realized this when his teachers did not even know he could read in preschool. We pulled him out of New City School in third grade and he is now thriving at Burroughs. We would caution against falling for the hype about this school. If we could go back in time, we would have followed our instincts and left the school earlier when there was no follow through with our concerns about his boredom academically.

- submitted by a parent
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November 06, 2009
Everything about New City School is awesome. From the moment we step in the building in the morning to the amount of time it takes me to get my daughter out of the building at night. People truly love to be there and it shows by the smiles on their faces and the skip in their step. Amazing experience.

- submitted by a parent
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October 04, 2009
New City School is a place that encourages true learning--its what school should be everywhere. Kids tell me that they enjoy going to school there & the love of learning is evident. People smile there--you just can't help it! The school encourages creativity and brings out the type of intelligence each student possesses. Diversity is celebrated there. I like the themes that each grade devote themselves to exploring. I have seen assemblies/performances there that touched my heart enough to bring tears to my eyes.

- submitted by a community member
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September 22, 2009
It provides excellent education in a congenial and diverse environment. Moreover its emphasis on multiple intelligences pulls out the best in every child.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
My son has been at NCS from first through fourth grades and absolutely loves going every day. His teachers have been great inspirations to his learning and have fostered even greater enthusiasm for his natural inquisitive nature. While not every experience we have in life is immediately positive, it often takes maturation to see the reason(s) for a difficult situation we encounter. This school is exceptional when parents involve themselves in the program beyond just paying tuition as some people seem to think is the boundary of their responsibility of raising kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
It should be recognized that ANY education requires parental involvement to garner the greatest benefit for the student. It's not enough to just pay tuition, parents need to be engaged. Children with behavioral issues need to take the responsibility for their children... it is not the school's responsibility, but they can be of help. Also, young gifted students' contentment is often related to their self-worth around other gifted students so where competition is lower, they will be happier, but growth is not going to be promoted.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
As an educator and life-long learner, I respect highly what Tom Hoerr and his teachers are doing for students at New City. The Multiple Intelligence approach to education is not an easy way to 'grow' a person since besides focusing on an individual's natural and preferred strengths, balance is sought by gently but persistently working in the intellegence(s) that are less-well developed and not preferred by the student. Having my son in NCS since first grade, I have watched him flourish in nearly every aspect of his growth. Despite what some reviewers say, I have found the administration and staff, as well as teachers (naturally!!) to be enthusiastic, encouraging, supportive, and dedicated to the success of every student. If I could do my nearly 20 years of 'student-ship' over again, I'd love to spend it in this environment since it encourages individual exploration and expression in a safe environment. Two thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2009
Sadly, we were very disillusioned. The focus on multiple intelligences is more of a marketing ploy, than a reality. As school got underway, we realized there were kids in her class that were in some instances two years older than she was. It seemed to be the norm for parents to hold their children back. I understand the school survives on contributions, but we were hounded every month to give more! It was not enough to pay a year s worth of tuition upfront and give at a fundraiser. Our kid was definitely NOT getting a superior education. If anything, my child was discouraged from exploring her artistic ability because the teacher was on a tight schedule and needed to rush from one MI station to another. Finally, after meeting with the teacher and the Family/School Liaison about the teacher and her lack of communication and follow-through there was NO follow-through.

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2008
After several years of trying to work things out at NCS, we put our gifted daughter in a public school and she thrived there. Our daughter was not happy at NCS and did not perform well there. She also had and has a lot friends outside of NCS, but found it challenging to make friends there. She is now nearing the end of middle school and continues to thrive, both in school and in her social life. We are very sorry that we could not make headway with the administration at NCS to improve matters there.

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2008
I did not like New City that much and did not look forward to going to school. It wasn't terrible all the time but it was alot of the time. Noone acted liked they cared.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2008
It is a wonderful school for kids three through thirteen to flourish and develop book smarts and street smarts.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2008
I loved this school with all my heart, and all of the teachers there are absolutely wonderful. It is also aesthetically pleasing with large windows and a fairy-tale library.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2008
The preschool is fabulous. The teachers are warm and purposeful. It is not simply a day care service, as other schools for this age might be.

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March 15, 2008
I got a great education there and I believe the school helps students see the differences in people, which is not often stressed at such a young age.

- submitted by a student

December 23, 2007
We weren't happy with the way the school was run or with the curriculum. When we pulled our gifted child out of the school, he flourished in a public school, but was one year behind! We also felt that school did a relatively poor job in teaching the children how to be nice to one another.

- submitted by a parent

December 23, 2007
Maybe the school is good for some, but not for our child. We tried many times to address these issues with the administration, but there was never any improvement over the years.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2007
There is no other school like New City. The entire adult community -- teachers, administrators, parents -- has a tireless commitment to teaching kids to think about what it means to be an ethical person living in a complex world. Diversity is not given lip service, but is and always has been an essential part of daily life at New City. Your child may be standing on her head learning multiplication facts, but there's a reason for that -!- and she's learning them. The curriculum is rigorous, broad and deep. My 3 children have gone on to excel at one of the top private secondary schools in St. Louis. New City's values continue to inform the way our family thinks and how we live in the world. We wouldn't have missed a minute of our 13 years at the school.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2007
NCS has proven themselves to be one of the most influential schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area. I find it to be a one-stop shop in that everything I want for my child is being provided for. This includes academics, extracurricular, social or whatever. Contrary to the Quick Facts on this home page, NCS has a state of the art library and an excellent librarian who inspires the children and instills a great desire to read. As with any institution, be it corporate or academic, NCS does have normal issues that are handled appropriately by a very attentive and qualified staff. I highly recommend New City for all children. My only regret is that I don't have more children to enroll there.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2007
I was very disappointed that the school seems to ignore widespread bullying, given that socioemotional intelligence is one of its main goals of education. I also found that the curriculum was not very challenging. Finally, I found the administration to be very unsupportive in addressing our concerns.

- submitted by a parent
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December 06, 2007
All schools have weeknesses. But as a parent of students at NCS, I have found it to offer a wonderful experience and great education for my family. No school is perfect for everyone. Find the right match like our family did and you too will be happy with your choice.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2007
We love this school. I love the focus on diversity in a city where that is hard to find. The teachers and other staff consistently great and keep the families very involved. The school values every child's individual skills and talents based on the Multiple Intelligences approach to learning.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2005
Excellent academic program, using Multiple Intelligence as its foundation. Strong social skills development, promoting diversity, responsibility and personal best. All employees are part of the lives of the students, and are highly qualified, diverse and very caring. Parent, grandparent and 'friend' involvement is extensive. Family focused environment, with childcare for many parent programs; before and after-school activities(general and 'talent' based programs); and a high-quality summer program.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
New City School provides a wonderful environment, unlike that of any other school experience. The children, our's for sure, love going to school and enjoy learning. The rich diversity of the students, wonderful teachers and multiple intelligences approach to teaching is a winning combination for our family -- and one we see shared by the other New City School families.

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New City embraces all sides of a child’s intelligence, cultivates a deep understanding of subject matter, empathy and appreciation for diversity of all types, and awareness and celebration of self. New City graduates excel academically, and are leaders in their communities in the finest secondary schools in St. Louis. Our approach centers not only on facts and skills, but also on fostering a love for learning. New City students love to come to school!

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New City School
5209 Waterman Boulevard, St. Louis, MO  63108
(314) 361-6411
Last modified New City School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
New City School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top