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Guidepost Montessori School at Central West End

The ultimate goal of child-centered learning is for each child to gain a strong sense of independence—at school and in life. At our Guidepost Montessori school in the Central West End, MO, we offer authentic Montessori education from infancy through elementary school.

Our school is located on Laclede Avenue, between Sarah and Boyle Streets, in the Midtown neighborhood of St. Louis. We welcome you to join the Guidepost community. Discover more about our accredited, authentic Montessori school in the Central West End with a tour today.

About Guidepost Montessori School at Central West End

Guidepost Central West End is part of an international network of Montessori schools dedicated to helping children grow through joyful learning. Our school in the Central West End offers a nurturing and educational environment for infants (12 weeks to 16 months), toddlers (18 to 30 months), young children (2½ to 6 years old), and elementary-aged children (6 to 12 years old, grades 1 to 6).

Early childhood years are the most critical time in your child's development. These years are foundational in shaping your child's future health, well-being, and happiness at school and home. Montessori education provides your child with the tools to navigate lifelong learning.

Are you searching for a day care, preschool, or kindergarten in St. Louis, MO? You may want to consider Guidepost Montessori. The day care years correspond to our 'Nido' program, the preschool years correspond to our ‘Toddler’ program, and the kindergarten years correspond to our 'Children's House' program. With Montessori's emphasis on helping children grow through joyful learning, Guidepost at Central West End can provide a nurturing environment for your child and prepare them for success at elementary school.

Our school

We are a Montessori school in St. Louis, MO serving children from 10 weeks old to age 12. We offer year-round programming and rolling admissions into our programs to meet the needs of your family. Please contact us if you are looking to waitlist or register to start immediately.

Our programs

  • Offering Nido, Toddler, Children's House and Elementary programs
  • Available as 5-day or 3-day per week options
  • Full-day or half-day options available
  • Monthly tuition rates vary based on program and start date


Contact us

  • Guidepost Montessori at Central West End
  • Address: 4150 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108 US
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00 am - 6:00pm
  • Admissions: (636) 445-5360
  • School: 314-328-4972
  • Email: centralwestend@guidepostmontessori.com
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Explore our programs

We are currently accepting registrations for all our programs. Your child can start right away or join the waitlist for classes which are full. We are pleased to offer affiliated at-home programming while you wait to join us on campus.

Guidepost Summer Camp

Guidepost Montessori is offering fun and educational summer camp experiences for students 6-12 at our Central West End campus. Each week is designed around a specific theme for students to discover and investigate. Students will take part in creative projects, singing and playing, outdoor games, field trips and more, all wrapped up in that week’s theme.

  • Pricing: $335/week
  • Camp Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Address: 4150 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108

Why you should choose Guidepost Montessori Central West End

Children are born with a natural curiosity and love of learning. When nurtured and properly guided, this curiosity can unlock the door to lifelong learning. Our team of educators at Guidepost Central West End is committed to developing lifelong learners. We partner with you to help foster your child's natural love of learning.

Guidepost Montessori Central West End believes that joyful learning results in children that love to learn. The Montessori Method's foundations of individually directed learning, real-world experiences, and focus on responsibility for themselves and their surroundings can help your child become an independent learner with a love of learning and exploration.

We create an environment of support through a scientifically designed curriculum that allows children to develop their own ideas, explore their own interests, express their feelings, take risks, and make choices. Our educators guide your child through a world of discovery and responsibilities as they take their first steps towards independence and grow to be strong, thinking individuals.

Guidepost Montessori education takes a holistic approach: enabling social, emotional, and physical development alongside academic success

The Guidepost Approach

Educating the whole child

Teachers choose their moments of instruction wisely, offering lessons and presentations at suitable junctures in each child's development

The Guidepost Approach

A teacher whose job is to guide, not lead

Our teachers follow each child's natural schedule, which encourages them to trust their own bodies

The Guidepost Approach

Respecting the young child's rhythm of life

Children are given the tools and uninterrupted time to work on activities and materials they value

The Guidepost Approach

More study, not less

Children are given the freedom to follow their academic interests, which reduces the need for external motivation

The Guidepost Approach

No need for rewards or punishments

The teacher connects the child with their environment, showing them how to use the learning materials and evaluate their own work

The Guidepost Approach

Independent learning by the child

With the freedom to move and choose their own work, children develop internal discipline and social awareness

The Guidepost Approach

Empowered by choice

Lessons are designed to appeal to each child's level of development and interests

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Individually tailored lessons

A place where every student feels a sense of belonging, building confidence in the knowledge that their social identity is an asset and not a barrier

The Guidepost Approach

Identity safe classrooms

Ready to get started?

Just Learning

If you are newer to Montessori, we invite you to attend a virtual overview to learn more about our programs and approach. This info session will be alongside other prospective families and will not cover campus-specific details.

Doing Your Research

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Join Guidepost

You have decided to join our community, welcome! If space is available for your desired program and start date, we will send an offer letter and process your registration right away. If a program is full, join our waitlist to hold your child's spot when space becomes available.

Set Start Date

We offer rolling admissions for families who are looking to get started right away. Once you receive an offer and register, we will confirm your start date and await your first day with us!

A peek inside our school

Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.

Meet the Central West End school team

We offer regular events to foster a vibrant school community: coffee chats with the school staff, seasonal events to bring our parents, families and staff together and open houses to share the school community with new families. We look forward to meeting you!

Head of School

Celeste Ocaña

Assistant Head of School

Katie Keller

Lead Guide Children's House Community

Kathleen (Katie) Cancila

Why Guidepost?

The Montessori approach to human development is based on the belief in the potential of the child, and on the belief that it is only the child who can realize this potential. To grow up well is to grow up to be increasingly independent, capable, confident, happy and secure. At Guidepost, we are the village that supports you in raising your child.

The Montessori Approach

The Montessori method of education offers a knowledge-rich environment, through a child-led model. Children learn joyfully, through working with carefully sequenced, hands-on materials. Your child’s enthusiastic exploration naturally leads to a solid foundation and advanced academics.

A Close-Knit Community

Guidepost families tend to be friendly and welcoming folks, eager to make connections and form strong bonds. We think the education of our students is stronger when we can serve as a hub for such relationships, and we do all we can to foster a strong community in our area, with plenty of fun events and opportunities to meet and mingle.

A Global Network to Support You

Guidepost Montessori offers access to high-quality Montessori education in schools, at-home, or from anywhere around the world. Move seamlessly through our network as the needs of your family change to ensure continuity and consistency in your child's education, wherever you are located.

Your child's education starts at Guidepost Montessori School Central West End

Guidepost Montessori School Central West End is one of the most trusted Montessori schools in Missouri. We make learning fun with the happy balance of real academics, intellectual curiosity, and a supportive environment for students. Children learn through working with carefully curated, hands-on materials and activities that engage each child's freedom to explore and learn within a prepared, orderly environment.

Come visit our school for a personal tour and to learn more about our programs, facilities, and affiliated at-home programming. Or call us at +1 773-938-6002.

Giving children the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori enables children to understand the world and choose their place within it.

With over 80 campuses across the US and Asia, and at-home and virtual learning programs serving more than 7,000 families worldwide, Guidepost is the world’s largest Montessori network.

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