Character education has been an integral component of Whitfield’s college preparatory curriculum throughout our history. The Habits of Mind & Heart is the phrase we use to encompass our approach to character development.
At the core of our school are people of integrity, vision, humor and generosity. Our common goal is the growth of every member of the community, beginning with students, but also including teachers, parents and alumni. We have pulled this goal into the center of the curriculum, because we see it as essential both to the academic success of our students and to their happiness and productivity as citizens of our school community, St. Louis, and the world.
The Habits of Mind & Heart curriculum encourages critical reflection for academic and personal growth, deepens social and emotional intelligence, and shapes the personal strengths of our students so that they have the resilience and moral awareness to be effective citizens and leaders. The Habits address six areas of human potential: ethics, citizenship, leadership, mindfulness, scholarship and cultural competence (see diagram above right).
In the course of their middle and high school experiences, we want to challenge every Whitfield student to discover their personal mission in the journey of life, to empower them to achieve it, and to see this journey as one that unfolds in the company of others.


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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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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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