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Principia School



We prepare students for an ever-changing future.


We prepare students for an ever-changing future.



This year, Principia celebrates 125 years of progress. Serving children from infancy through grade 12, Principia School is a student-centered, future-focused coeducational day and boarding school grounded on the teachings of Christian Science. Creativity, critical thinking, and character growth are at the core of our college preparatory program. We welcome students of diverse faiths who value scholarship and are eager to grow in character, embrace opportunity, and pursue excellence.

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Early Childhood

Principia’s Reggio Emilia-inspired Early Childhood programs help young children—and their parents—take those important first steps on the road to lifelong learning and growth.

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Lower School (K-5)

A strong and happy start paves the way for lifelong learning, developing new skills, and making discoveries.

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Middle School (6–8)

From pre-algebra to PE, from intramural sports to student-planned dances, our holistic approach helps students develop habits of critical thinking and self-government.

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Upper School (9–12)

From building a rocket car in our IDEA lab to starting a small business, upper schoolers put their understanding into practice, developing as thoughtful leaders, skilled communicators, and creative problem solvers.

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campus where woods and greenspaces abound


student-teacher ratio


square-foot performing arts center

Over 20

interscholastic sports teams


K-12 students receive school-issued MacBook or iPad


Best Christian High School
in Missouri


Best Boarding High School
in Missouri


Best High School for the Arts
in Missouri

USDE Green Ribbon Schools 2022
  • Student

“The teachers here truly want to see every student succeed, and I appreciate how they make the effort to provide as much support as possible to meet our needs.” 

  • Student

"I think it's amazing that it's a hands-on learning experience and not just sitting in a classroom all day. We get real-world experiences. Another aspect that I love is the environment. . . . I get to bond with my own class and others so that it's like one big community.”

  • Student

"I like Principia because it has big playgrounds. The teachers are very kind and loving. I love my friends. Everyone at the school is happy and kind."

  • Student

“What I love most about being at Principia is how we do not solely focus on academics. Here we focus on looking at the ‘whole man.’ We strive to show athleticism, emotional support, intelligence, social involvement, and having a spiritual mindset.”

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  • Student

“When you're at Principia, the first thing you always notice is how welcoming people are. There is not a day that goes by that I don't feel loved or supported. That's just how Principia shows its love back to you.”

Educational Travel

Through hands-on projects such as creating a business and pitching ideas to a live “shark tank” of local experts, Principia offers unique opportunities for Middle and Upper School students to stoke their entrepreneurial curiosity and build skills.


The School’s annual Impact Challenge supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including the elimination of hunger and poverty, education for all, and clean energy, through student projects, classroom work, and community service initiatives at all levels.

Bible Education

Students at all levels explore the Bible through a variety of lessons and activities. Principia Bible classes are designed to enable students to develop a knowledge and love of the Scriptures while recognizing their relevance to society today. Upper School students have opportunities to take advanced classes with corresponding curriculum- based trips to Israel, the Holy Land, and Greece.

STEM Projects in Our IDEA Labs

Officially dubbed the “IDEA Labs,” our two innovative STEM-focused SMART® Labs offer a space for exploration and experimentation for all K–12 students.

Outdoor Education

Our beautiful 360-acre campus features more than 100 acres of diverse habitats and outdoor learning spaces including fields, meadows, forest, ponds, and greenspace. Students at all levels focus on sustainability and experiential learning, bringing academic concepts to life in an outdoor environment.

Challenge Course

The Challenge Course for students from kindergarten to Upper School is designed to move participants beyond personal limitations and develop their communication, problem solving, and collaboration skills. The course offers both low- and high-ropes areas and a rock-climbing wall.

Principia Adventure

Principia Adventure is a Middle School program that focuses on developing skills in the areas of leadership, collaboration, selfless service, seeking out challenge, and self-awareness. Students develop these attributes through outdoor, experiential opportunities such as rock climbing, fire building, backpacking, canoeing, orienteering, tracking, lashing, biking, and shelter building on our expansive campus and Challenge Course.

Senior Projects

All Seniors develop and complete a Senior Project. The work culminates in a three-week capstone project in which students delve into a topic of personal interest that incorporates elements of service. Senior projects are a natural outcome of a Principia education and demand careful planning, self-discipline, and follow-through, and include a formal public presentation about the experience. Whether they decide to pursue a new interest or deepen an existing skill, these hands-on experiences provide an opportunity for students to learn through in-depth exploration.

Signature Experience

A thematic, grade-specific Signature Experience builds upon the Upper School’s core curriculum, offering additional opportunities for students to develop future-ready skills and deep connections in their learning. Throughout the academic year, each Upper School grade level is immersed in classes, projects, and activities that relate to the year-long theme. These real-world experiences allow for the transfer of skills beyond the classroom. Students tackle challenges and contribute to the betterment of humanity through Outward Bound Character Trips/Leadership Retreat, Urban Experience, and the Impact Challenge, and more.

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