Private Schools

While public schools have plenty of advocates and success stories, some families prefer the atmosphere and philosophy of a private school education. Proponents say private schools with smaller enrollment numbers are better prepared to offer smaller class sizes and more individualized instruction. Another advantage, some say, is that private schools are designed to draw people together over shared values.

The St. Charles County area has a number of private education options. One such learning institution is Duchesne High School. Here, administrators and staff are committed to providing an exceptional education experience by helping each student grow in mind, body and spirit. Duchesne is a coeducational school where academic excellence is second to none. Its intimate student body size of 330 provides a warm, familial atmosphere where students have opportunities and success in athletics, the arts and STEM competitions.

Duchesne promotes a lifelong devotion to service to others, Catholic faith, Christian living and continual learning so that students may make informed choices and positive differences in the world. It’s located at 2550 Elm St. in St. Charles. Contact them at (636) 946-6767 or visit

Other highly-regarded private schools in the area are in the Christian School District (previously known as Living Word Christian Schools). Students come here from across five counties and 40 ZIP codes. The school prides itself on delivering a Christ-centered education while empowering students through more than 80 different classes, including foreign languages, computer courses, food sciences, biology, chemistry, physics and in-house college credit courses.

It has two sites in St. Peters: a preschool, and an elementary campus that serves K-5. The middle school and the high school are at the same convenient location at 1145 Tom Ginnever Ave. in O’Fallon.

Contact the school at (636) 978-1680 or visit