MAP St. Louis aims to redefine secondary education through a Montessori lens by cultivating an adolescent microcosm rooted within the heart of a vibrant St. Louis neighborhood. We prioritize the holistic development of each student, guiding them on their individualized journey to achieve their full potential as actively engaged local and global citizens.
Our vision is rooted in the conviction that adolescents—in the context of a stimulating, rigorous, and supportive environment—can learn, work, and contribute in significant ways. With an emphasis on student agency and partnership with adults, we strive to maintain a community constituted of creative, critically-thinking, and socially-conscious individuals who will enter adulthood prepared to create lives of purpose, value, and joy.
MAP has been a life-changing educational experience for our daughter. At MAP she has found a home where her ideas can flourish and her individuality is not only accepted, but encouraged. The openness of the faculty, the caring and kind behavior of the students, and the approach to learning at MAP have allowed her to to grow and thrive.
Leslie, MAP Parent
Coming from a much larger school, I didn't know if I'd like being in a small school. But I was surprised that it was actually more social than my old school—and my friendships at MAP remain more meaningful.
Lucas, Alumnus, Class of '22
MAP is an empowering learning environment. The students feel comfortable taking on leadership roles and implementing tasks; in fact they happily take on big projects, work them out together, take up regular consensus with the student body, and make decisions on their own.
Jewel, MAP Parent
Just because school is fun, doesn't mean learning isn't happening. It's the opposite. We want to be here and that makes us want to learn. There is no difference at MAP between learning and having fun.
Cali, Class of '27