Mission Statement


Why lead with “ethical”?

Whitfield’s mission statement functions as a real-life guide to our everyday practice. We start with “ethical” because good character is the cornerstone of everything we teach—in the classroom, on the playing field, in our halls. Today’s high-tech students are connected and empowered in ways previously undreamed of, and it matters deeply that they understand their moral obligations to self, family and community.

What is Whitfield’s definition of success?

Our job is to prepare students to reach their highest personal and academic goals and pave the way for future growth. For one student that may mean an in-depth grounding in the sciences, for another fluency in a foreign language, for yet another early admission to a premier college program. Ultimately, success is the product of the right academic skills and personal qualities, like perseverance and compassion. This kind of preparation is only possible in a close-knit academic environment where each child’s strengths are known and cultivated.

What is the role of innovation?

To prepare students for a world that is undergoing enormous change, we must both honor the legacy of traditional education and recognize the importance of innovative thinking. Every course at Whitfield is designed to address essential questions that reflect the needs and realities of the 21st century while also building excellent academic skills. To strengthen the learning process we employ project-based instruction wherever appropriate and a variety of assessment strategies. Whitfield’s commitment to instructional technology also serves as a powerful catalyst to innovation and has received national acclaim along the way.

Why is collaboration important?

A collaborative school environment enhances academic achievement. We gain essential insight from the perspectives of others and do our best work in a supportive atmosphere where risk taking is encouraged. Collaboration—among students and between students and faculty—is also the practical expression of Whitfield’s commitment to community. If trust is the glue that holds us together, then working together, in the classroom or art studio, on an athletic team, or in a myriad of student activities, is how we express that ideal.
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About Us

Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12.

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Whitfield’s demanding academic program coupled with the support of a dedicated, world class faculty prepares graduates for both the college experience and life beyond.

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Students who choose to engage in the arts at Whitfield, whether performing or visual, discover the nearly limitless possibilities for self-expression.

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The Warriors have claimed 33 state championships, earning multiple coach and player of the year awards, and sending numerous alumni to play at the collegiate level.

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Student Life

Whitfield students are happy, healthy and engaged in their community. Working diligently both in and out of the classroom, they learn both the academic and the interpersonal skills that lead them to success in college and beyond.

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Find out what makes Whitfield unique among St. Louis schools.

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The culture of philanthropy has always been an essential part of the Whitfield experience. Whitfield is fortunate to have parents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff, trustees, grandparents and special friends who consistently support our school.

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