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
Whitfield School was founded in 1952 by John Barnes and Allan 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 updated its mission statement and continued to focus on character, scholarship and global citizenship. On July 1, 2022, upon Mr. Delautre's retirement, Chris Cunningham joined Whitfield as Head of School.


Founded in 1952
26 acre campus
433 students enrolled (2021-22)
38% students of color
2% international students
Students from 141 feeder schools
Student Life
23 student-led clubs
6 affinity groups
100% of students bleed green
57 full-time faculty
43 faculty with advanced degrees
11% faculty of color
College Choices
100% of students accepted to college
75% attend college outside of MO
51% attend college outside midwest
Tuition & Affordability
$29,875 tuition (2021-22)
$18,811 average financial aid award
$5,800 average merit scholarship award
Student to teacher ratio of 8:1
Average class size of 14
Student to laptop ratio of 1:1
80% of students participate
33 athletics teams
33 state championships
100% of faculty, staff give
$1M annual fund goal (2020-21)
$15.4M endowment (as of 6/30/21)