March 2018


Letter from School Leadership

Walking the hallways of Whitfield as class is in session is an amazing experience. The walk provides an opportunity to see faculty passionate about working with students, students engaged in the academic process and staff working to support the community as it continues to evolve. The walk also provides an opportunity to feel, and while walking the hallways I feel the warmth of the community; I feel the culture.

Whitfield’s culture isn’t re-created annually when the academic year begins, but remains constant as the seasons change and years go by. Whitfield’s culture grew out of the small academic setting, the way we educate our students and the relationships that exist in our building.

Small class size coupled with an engaging and passionate faculty allow for an academic experience that supports differentiation and appropriate academic challenge. Small classes provide flexibility for faculty to support each student’s academic growth, but also create opportunities for students to collaborate and problem solve in small groups.

The small school size allows us to be nimble. Every voice in this community has opportunities to speak and to be heard; the faculty and administration listen and can be responsive in real-time to the needs of our community. Hearing one another allows for deeper connection and genuine relationships buoyed by empathy.

Whitfield’s small setting also allows for students to be known—really known— in our community. Positive, enriching relationships between students and adults in the Whitfield community is a hallmark of the academic experience at Whitfield. At Whitfield every student seems to have organically found, “Their Person”. “Their Person,” is an adult in the community that the student seeks out for guidance, reassurance, and inspiration. “Their Person” supports them as they develop as a scholar and as a confident, productive and caring citizen of the world. Students have opportunities to forge many formal student-teacher relationships, but in this small school, students have a unique opportunity to forge relationships that go beyond grade level and can center on academic and/or personal interests, which provides greater opportunity for depth in those relationships. At Whitfield, all adults—teachers, advisors, play directors, coaches, tutors, administrators, support staff—answer to the call of, “mentor.”

After working in several academic institutions, it is a gift to have the opportunity support the continuation and enhancement of Whitfield culture while working to provide a nurturing, challenging, and safe environment.


Jarrett Young
Middle School Director

Vision for the Future
Funds raised through Achieving the Vision: The Campaign for Whitfield will support faculty salaries and benefits, provide need-based tuition assistance, and eliminate capital debt allowing us to invest in all corners of our school. Success in these areas will ensure Whitfield's long-term fiscal health. Today, this campaign,is closing in on its goal of $10,000,000!

Africa Infographic Project
At Whitfield, we are committed to cultivating a community of innovation and by extension, we are committed to weaving STEAM concepts and skill development throughout our curriculum. We teach our students to be innovative thinkers and creative problem-solvers—not just in our science and math courses but across every academic discipline.

The Seventh Art: Cinema and Its Language
During the second trimester, some Whitfield juniors and seniors had the unique opportunity to take The Seventh Art: Cinema and Its Language, a film studies class offered through the English department this year.

Catch Some Air
Scholarship: the pursuit, creation and application of knowledge and understanding. At Whitfield, we teach students to be curious, to understand, to draw connections and conclusions. In eighth grade science, this Habit of Mind and Heart was put into action as students engaged in an activity-based unit on speed and acceleration.

Come Play at Whitfield This Summer
At Whitfield's camps your kids will have so much fun they won't realize how much they are learning! All of the activities are planned and implemented by Whitfield's talented teachers and coaches using our state-of-the-art facilities and technology. Enthusiastic student volunteers and alumni counselors interact with campers each day.

Alumni Profile
Whitfield's alumni community is accomplished and diverse. We are proud to celebrate their successes and share their stories through our Alumni Profile feature in Whitfield eNews. Katie Harris '14 is a senior at Vanderbilt University and will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development. She has accepted a job offer from Google and will join the company in September as a Human Resources Associate


Middle School Spring Play Opens March 13

Whitfield Girls Basketball Finishes Third at State

Torrence Watson '18 Named Gatorade Missouri Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Varsity Girls Basketball Team Returns to the Final Four

Warriors Advance to State Basketball Quarterfinals

Dance Team Finishes Third at State

Whitfield Basketball Teams Win District Championships

Ice Hockey Wins Founders Cup!

Whitfield Students' Work Accepted to St. Louis Artists' Guild Showcase

Warriors Win Wrestling State Championship!



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