Habits of Mind & Heart
At the center of Whitfield's mission is our commitment to character education through the Habits of Mind & Heart curriculum. The Habits address six areas of human potential: ethics, scholarship, citizenship, leadership, mindfulness, and cultural competence.
We believe in a personal commitment to mindful action. Today's high-tech students are connected and empowered in ways previously undreamed of, and it matters deeply that they uphold their ethical obligations to self, family, and community.
We challenge our students to seek a deeper understanding, to make connections and draw conclusions, to learn the discipline of a scholar. Teachers serve as facilitators of the learning process, while students engage in the pursuit, application, and creation of knowledge.
Through the practice of dialogue, equity, and justice, we help students become engaged members of our school community as well as the other communities to which they belong.
We create opportunities for all students to develop as leaders, allowing them to make a difference, take a stand, and become role models for others.
We practice a willingness to see things as they are, not as we want them to be, as well as a willingness to be curious and accepting.
Our student body represents all of St. Louis and much of the world. This rich diversity deepens the learning experience of every student and the preparation of each for college and beyond.
Excellent and individualized preparation for college and life.
Whitfield by the Numbers
Since its founding in 1952, Whitfield continues to cultivate ethical, confident, successful students.
Student to teacher ratio
(Middle & Upper School)
in Merit Scholarships
(Class of 2021 for their first year of college)
Zip codes represented by current students
Graduating seniors are accepted to college
Faculty with advanced degrees
School dog, a golden retriever named Sunshine
News & Events
Whitfield is more than a school. We are a community of innovation, collaboration, and trust.
Whitfield seeks to maintain a student body diverse in geographic, economic, racial, and religious backgrounds. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, or color in administering its academic policies, admission policies, athletic policies, financial aid program, or other school activities.
Emma Casado '23
Michael Koman '22
"Throughout my time at Whitfield I have been a part of many leadership teams and programs and looking back, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be in those leadership roles. I have met and worked with so many amazing people over the years. Being on the Student Council has allowed me to branch out and get to know my classmates even better. What makes being a leader so fulfilling is getting other people involved and working together to achieve our goals."
Emma Casado '23
"As a middle schooler, I always looked up to older students as leaders. Whitfield's emphasis on developing cross-grade relationships and experiences helped me strengthen my leadership skills, which has guided me in all aspects of my life. Now, being Student Council President, I am able to work with representatives from every grade at Whitfield. I love being able to gain different perspectives on things we all experience, and work towards common goals. I feel as though my leadership reflects the love I have for the Whitfield community, and everyone I have looked up to throughout my seven years here. "
Jason Chien '26
"Whitfield gave me the opportunity to be a part of many great athletic communities. The athletic communities I'm involved in are cross country, eSports, and track and field. These communities have great coaches and great athletes who strive for further improvement. Along with athletic communities, clubs are another great way to get to know people in the Whitfield community. I currently participate in three clubs: ping pong club, the International Student Union, and the Asian Student Union. Whitfield's clubs have a ton of variety, and I guarantee that that there is a club for everybody!"
Parent of Jake '19 and Zach '24
"There are many factors that contributed to the decision to send our kids to Whitfield, including the student-to-teacher ratio, overall school size, and class size. While Whitfield maintains a high expectation for academic achievement, there are lessons learned that go far beyond the textbooks. Kind, caring, accepting. These are life qualities that are a tremendous part of the educational experience at Whitfield."
Akberet Boykin Farr
Parent of Grace '20
"When I initially enrolled my daughter I felt like the school would accept her for who she was and would help her determine who she wanted to become. Since then, my daughter has found her voice. She is able to share her own values, opinions, beliefs, and perspectives with conviction, and appreciate the perspectives of others."
Parent of Fallon '27 and Taryn '24
"A quality education and diverse community were crucial “must haves” for our family. While there are great choices in the region, we feel no other institution exemplifies the environment in which we want our children to succeed more than Whitfield. "
Social Studies and Fine Arts Faculty
"I love our school community. Whitfield is truly a special place with the most caring and dedicated faculty, parents and students. Our students see the example of our faculty and staff who are lifelong learners and who share their enthusiasm for scholarship every day."
English Faculty / Upper School
"I love teaching at Whitfield and the importance placed on ""community"". From the all-school assemblies to the Socratic seminars to the graduation ceremony—attended by the entire student body—the sense of togetherness is palpable and contagious."
Social Studies Faculty / Upper School
"Our school community cultivates trust, professionalism, empathy, collaboration, compassion, and multiculturalism. I especially value working at a school that respects and embraces everyone, and a school that engages in open and civil conversations about human rights, social justice and inclusion, global citizenship, and the need to understand one's role in an increasingly pluralistic and multicultural world."
Jay Gard '08
Jay Gard '08
Producer / Los Angeles
"Whitfield's focus on constructive classroom communication helped foster my strong participation skills in college — something I saw other students struggle with. Having the confidence and skillset to engage with a professor in class helped bring topics to life and furthered my understanding. Whitfield taught me to bring an analytical eye to college material rather than simply memorizing lessons letter-for-letter."
Morgan Bosman '11
Musician / Nashville
"The small, structured class size fostered an environment for my growth. Throughout high school, I felt the most comfortable and accepted in the arts programs and really enjoyed the opportunity of being involved in band, choir and theater. All of those experiences made an impact on my life."
Seth Williams '05
Veterinarian, Kirkwood Animal Hospital / St. Louis
"Whitfield instilled a strong work ethic in me, both in and out of the classroom. Whitfield allowed me the opportunity to be successful academically while also taking part in athletics and extracurricular activities. Any high school will provide an education. What makes Whitfield unique is how other values are also instilled in students—communication, relationships, respect, trust, and reward for hard work."
Head Of School
Dr. Chris Cunningham
"At Whitfield, we equip our students with the foundational understandings and critical skills they need to thrive in college. But just as important, we teach our students how to learn, fostering the 21st-century skills—creativity and collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication—they will need in the century ahead. We prepare our students to confront unforeseen challenges, to explore fields of study that are only now in their infancy, to thrive and succeed in careers that don’t yet exist."