Admissions During COVID

Applying to private schools can seem overwhelming at times during typical circumstances, nonetheless during a pandemic. Our desire at Central is to walk with you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have about our school and culture.  While we have begun On-Campus Learning, we are continuing to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year.  Applications for the 2021-22 school year may be submitted beginning October 1, 2020.

The purpose of our admissions process is to ensure applicants will thrive at Central -- academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually -- within our learning environment. The process allows space for applying families to become more familiar with our school, as well as an opportunity for us to get to know families and their children better.  Our mission is to partner with Christian families to instill within children a passion for God, love of truth, and zeal to serve.  We believe that to do this well, we must place a high value on the relationship between our school and parents. The admissions process helps lay the foundation for this partnership. 

As a Christian school, our hope is that our students come to know and love Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  We believe God has created each of our students as image-bearers of Him, and consequently has a purpose and plan for how they live out their gifts and talents, not just as adults, but even today as children. Through the lens of strong academics, we believe God draws children to himself through knowledge and learning. This belief, coupled with a faculty and staff that deeply value both the spiritual and academic growth of children, gives us great hope that our students will come to have a deep love of learning and appreciation for God’s working in all aspects of the world.

As a ministry of Central Presbyterian Church, we are committed to this statement of historic, Christian faith.  Additionally, we adhere to the Biblical view of gender, sexuality, and marriage as held by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) of which Central Presbyterian Church is associated.  To learn more about the EPC’s faith statements, please visit the EPC website

If you’d like to learn more about Central, we invite you to start with an in-person meeting with our Director of Admissions. Please contact us at admissions@centralschoolstl.org or 314.727.4535 to schedule a visit.

Please note, we serve grades 3K through 6th. Our 3K program is for children who turn 3 by July 31, Junior Kindergarten is for those who turn 4 by July 31, and Senior Kindergarten is for those who turn 5 by July 31. Children should be potty-trained by the first day of school.

STEP 1: Visit with the Director of Admissions

Our Director of Admissions, Sarah Holley, would love to meet with you in-person to hear about what's important to you for your child's education and introduce you to Central Christian School. Because the health of our students is one of our top priorities, we are, unfortunately, unable to offer tours since our students have returned to campus. For a pictorial look into what is happening in our classrooms, please visit us on Facebook or Instagram.

STEP 2: Application, School Records Request & Faith Story

Application
The online application is an opportunity for you to tell us about your family, your child, and the values that inform your life. If you already have an online account, navigate to your child's checklist and complete the online application found there. If you do not have an online account, you may begin your application here. When you're all finished, you'll submit the application along with an application fee of $75 per child.

Request for School Records
Also available via your child's checklist is a link to request School Records from your child's current school. If your child does not currently attend school, or if you have questions about requesting records through the link, please contact Lindsey Hunsicker by email or by calling 314-727-4535. Please note: you must first have an online account and completed an Application in order to request school records through the site. Click here to get started.

Faith Story
As a Christian school, we value unity among our families as Christ followers, and we value partnership between our families and the school.  Though we come from over 75 different churches, Central employees and parents are united in our agreement with this Christian Statement of Faith and, most of all, our love for Jesus and our commitment to raise our children to know Him.  After submitting an application, our Admissions Associate, Lindsey Hunsicker, will reach out to collect a written Faith Story from each parent.  In this part of the application process, we invite you to share about your personal faith in Jesus Christ and how it has impacted your life and your family.

STEP 3: Academic Screening

Part of us learning about your child is learning about his or her previous academic experience, as well as their learning style.  Each applicant will visit campus for an academic screening with a Central staff member.  The purpose of the screening is to 1) inform us of what your child has been taught at their current school, and 2) help us identify if your child may benefit from additional academic enrichment or support at Central.  If the admissions screening, coupled with your child’s school records, indicates he or she may benefit from academic support, you will be notified when a decision regarding acceptance is extended.

STEP 4: Parent Interview

Our Director of Admissions will meet with you to conversationally learn more about you and why you're interested in Christian education, understand what drew your family specifically to Central Christian School, and hear about your faith in Christ and your values. At Central, one parent must be a Christ-follower and align with our Christian Statement of Faith in order for us to fulfill our mission to partner with families. Parent interviews typically last an hour, and Lindsey Hunsicker will reach out to schedule this for you.

STEP 5: Admissions Decisions

Admissions Decisions for the 2020-21 School Year
Applications submitted for the current school year will be considered on a rolling basis as there is space available.  To learn if there is space available in your child's grade, please reach out to Sarah Holley.

Admissions Decisions for the 2021-22 School Year
Applications submitted for next school year (2021-22) will be accepted after October 1, 2020 and are due February 1, 2021.  Once all steps of the application process listed above are complete, our Admissions Committee will thoughtfully and prayerfully make an enrollment decision based on the information in your student’s admissions file, his or her fit in relation to our current student body, and Central’s available resources to serve the academic needs of your family. 

Thank you again for your interest in Central during this pandemic season. We will guide you from step to step in our process as you consider educational options for your children, and we look forward to dialoguing with you soon.