Our Montessori classroom is a warm, encouraging place which fosters independence and self-worth,

Inspires curiosity and a lifelong love of learning,

Develops strong academic skills,

Instills respect for others,

Is truly child centered, and

Enjoys a strong sense of community and a high level of parent involvement.



Our self-contained classroom offers materials neatly arranged on open shelves that inspire the child to explore concepts in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Science, Art,  Geography and Cultural Studies. The children also enjoy music & movement classes as well as an introduction to Spanish.

Our outdoor space features a fenced area with space for gross motor activities and a play structure. We also take walks in the neighborhood or visit the nearby park.  During inclement weather play activities are set up in the school gym.

Since 1975, A Growing Place has been located at Cure of Ars Church in Shrewsbury, at Fontbonne University, later at Clayton United Methodist Church, and now at our present location at 7001 Forsyth Boulevard. Our school is located in the former Bethel Lutheran School building on the NW corner of Forsyth Boulevard at Big Bend.