Whitfield at a Glance

Student working on laptop

Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12, located on a 26–acre campus in suburban St. Louis.

Aerial view of campus during the construction of the new building in the early 1990's
History
Whitfield School was founded in 1952 by John Barnes and Allen Cole. During the mid-1980s, the school experienced a period of growth, both in physical space and student population. Under the leadership of then Head of School Mary Leyhe Burke, Whitfield became a nationally-recognized leader in the progressive education movement. It was during this time that many of the important tenets that impact the school’s culture today were formed, including depth over breadth, demonstrations of mastery, and teacher as coach. In 2012, John Delautre became head of school. During his tenure, the school has updated its mission statement and has continued to focus on character, scholarship and global citizenship.

FACTS & FIGURES

Overview
Founded in 1952
26 acre campus
448 students enrolled (2020-21)
Diversity
38% students of color
5% international students
Students from 157 feeder schools
Student Life
21 student-led clubs
5 affinity groups
100% of students bleed green
Faculty
57 full-time faculty
43 faculty with advanced degrees
9% faculty of color
College Choices
100% of students accepted to college
86% attend college outside of MO
54% attend college outside midwest
Tuition & Affordability
$28,850 tuition (2020-21)
$17,450 average financial aid award
$6,100 average merit scholarship award
Classroom
Student to teacher ratio of 8:1
Average class size of 9 (2020-21)
Student to laptop ratio of 1:1
Athletics
80% of students participate
35 athletics teams
34 state championships
Giving
100% of faculty, staff give
$1M annual fund goal (2020-21)
$11.2M endowment (as of 6/30/20)