The Children's School at Stephens College is a premiere private pre-K and multi-age elementary school in Columbia, Missouri.

Children's education should not be one size fits all. We believe children should have the space to learn in an environment that encourages them to learn, dream, and do.


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Our Vision

The Children’s School at Stephens College is a constructivist, holistic-based, arts-integrated laboratory school community. It is comprised of children, families, faculty and Stephens College students. Collaboration with the college and community provides the opportunity for many educational experiences.



Plenty of schools can say they have low teacher-student ratios and things like that, but what makes CSSC so different is the overall attitude of allowing kids to be their unique selves."

About us

Founded in 1925, we believe children should be active learners who have a variety of opportunities to test ideas in real-world situations.

Our arts-infused curriculum and classroom activities are designed to promote independence, problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking.

We go beyond helping children recall information; we challenge them to actively use what they've learned in the classroom to ensure they understand what they’ve learned and why it’s important.


The Power of a Laboratory School 

  • The Children's School is built around an individualized curriculum, so children learn what they are ready to learn when they are ready to learn it.
  • As a lab school, children work alongside college students and master teachers to cultivate a community of learning.
  • We take an inquiry-based approach to content and skill development, nurturing and prioritizing student interest and curiosity.
  • Elementary-age children participate in our multiage program, where they work, wonder and play with students from ages five to 11. Students are grouped by ability and interest rather than age. 


  • Half-day and full-day preschool for ages 3-5
  • K-5 Elementary School (students are grouped by ability rather than age)
  • Before- and after-school care options are available for students enrolled in the Children's School.

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The Children's School at Stephens College

Danyelle Doak,
Administrative Assistant
(573) 876-7260 [email protected] 1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215

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