Are You School Shopping? A List of Private Schools in St. Joseph, MO



We’re right around the corner from starting a new school year. Whether you’re moving to the St. Joseph area or are currently displeased with the school your child attends, it might be time to shop for a new school. Although the St. Joseph area has the St. Joseph, Savannah, East Buchanan, and Mid-Buchanan public school districts; some people might prefer a private school. Here are all of the private schools in St. Joseph, Missouri to serve your Kindergarten-aged thru high school-aged child’s needs.

Early Education

Somewhat recently, the first Montessori school opened in St. Joseph. Independent Child Montessori School offers education for children aged 18 months-6 years old. This means your child would be able to have several years of preschool and then Kindergarten following the Montessori curriculum.


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Another bonus to Independent Child Montessori is that it’s open for full-day education. This is noteworthy because many private preschools only offer half days. Some of the other private preschools listed in the following two sections also offer full-day preschool. 

From Preschool Through 6th Grade

Children First School offers private, non-religious education for children aged preschool-6th grade. As a very small school with approximately 44 students total, they offer a great student to teacher ratio. To contact them for more information, call (816) 232-0553.

From Preschool Through 8th Grade

If you’re looking for a private school that will be able to educate your child from preschool through 8th grade, you have three main options:

  1. St. Paul Lutheran School
  2. St. Joseph Cathedral School 
  3. St. Francis Xavier School 


As you can probably guess from the name, St. Paul Lutheran School offers children a private school education infused with the Lutheran religion. In addition to offering education for preschoolers through middle schoolers, St. Paul also offers all-day childcare for children 5 and under. 


Although the preschool day at St. Paul is a half-day, their childcare program runs the entire day. Before and after school childcare is also offered for children in Kindergarten-6th grade.

St. Joseph Cathedral School and St. Francis Xavier School have many similarities–both are private Catholic schools that offer education from preschool through 8th grade, and both have early education centers. This means your child can go to either of these schools from the time he or she is 6 weeks old through 8th grade graduation.


From Preschool Through 12th Grade

South Park Christian Academy offers private education for students from preschool through 12th grade. With a student to teacher ratio of 5:1, your child will be sure to get the attention and help he or she needs. For more information, call (816) 232-6424.

From Kindergarten Through 8th Grade

Two other K-8 religion-based private schools are St. James School and Prescott Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School. As you might guess, St. James is a Catholic school, and Prescott is Seventh-day Adventist. (For those who don’t know, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination.)

From Kindergarten Through 12th Grade

If you’re looking for a private school that offers education for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade all at the same school, St. Joseph Christian School is the right choice for you. As one of the only non-Catholic (but still Christian) private schools in St. Joseph, St. Joe Christian offers a religious school experience for non-Catholics.

From 9th Grade Through 12th Grade

Once children graduate 8th grade from their private Catholic school, they have a big choice to make. Some choose to attend public high school, but many decide to continue their private education at Bishop LeBlond High School. As you might guess from its name, Bishop LeBlond is a Catholic school. In fact, it’s the only Catholic high school in St. Joseph.

Do You Need to Change Locations to Be Closer to Your Favorite School?

Whether you are already a St. Joseph resident or are moving to the area, Ramseier Realty Group is ready to help you find the home that’s right for you! We know that sending your child to a good school is important to you, and we can help you choose a perfect home that’s conveniently located to the school of your choice. Call us today at 816.262.8077 to speak with one of our experienced realtors or contact us through our website to schedule an appointment.