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The Rossman School Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce its unanimous selection of Elizabeth Zurlinden as the next head of school following Pat Shipley’s retirement at the conclusion of the current school year.

Embodying Rossman’s culture and core values, Elizabeth is extraordinarily well prepared to lead our school into its second century. Currently serving as Rossman’s Lower School director, Elizabeth is set to take on the challenge of balancing our strong traditions with the need for continuous innovation in our educational program. With a foundation of strong...Read more

blog_spangleruganda-14.jpgOver spring break last year, my husband (John), daughter (Ellie) and I went to Kawete, Uganda. There we worked at CCLS-U, an elementary school that is supported and funded by their sister school here in Kirkwood, MO, where my husband is a seventh grade teacher. That trip was life-changing for the three of us in many ways. It impacted my husband...Read more

For over a decade, a special person smiled in the second row at Rossman’s annual Grandparents’ Day concert. She was not the grandparent of a student but of a teacher! How many people get to bring Grandma to school for thirty-five years?

This Friday will mark the first time my grandmother doesn’t accompany me to Grandparents’ Day at Rossman. After losing her two weeks ago at the age of 97, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on our relationship and time together. What stands out to me are not the extravagant events like family trips, graduations or weddings but small, seemingly...Read more

Throughout my life and career, I have experienced a variety of independent schools in a number of capacities from student to parent, and teacher to administrator. Every independent school has its assets, and its quirks, but there are several distinct qualities that I believe set Rossman apart from other schools and make it a truly special place to be a student, family or faculty member.

Commitment to Each Student

When a child becomes a Rossman student, no matter at what point that journey begins, every effort is made to ensure their success across all...Read more

Did you know that all independent schools have an Annual Fund – elementary schools, secondary schools and even colleges? While public schools rely on support from the government and taxes, private schools rely solely on tuition, income from their endowment and Annual Fund gifts.

Parent support of Rossman’s Annual Fund is vital to the success of the school. You might ask, “How does my Annual Fund gift affect my child, his classmates, the faculty and staff, or the school?” A few of our faculty and staff reflected on some of the ways the Annual Fund enhances learning in and out of the...Read more

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” —Aristotle

What ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle believed in 350 B.C. is precisely what we aspire to impart every day at Rossman School — a balanced education of heart and mind. Academically, students discuss great literature and history, as well as participate in scientific investigation and collaborative group projects, all which offer rich opportunities to integrate lessons of a parallel priority: the development of strong character. As a complementary social component of character...Read more

twp_2013-2017.pngRossman School has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the fifth consecutive year. In the June “Top Places to Work” issue, the newspaper ranked Rossman among the top 50 small companies in St. Louis.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered earlier this year by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm

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A glistening four-foot ice sculpture, exquisite floral arrangements, compelling archive displays, trays of sparkling champagne — Every detail adorning the The Ritz-Carlton reception area and ballroom on March 11 exuded splendor and school spirit. However, it was the nearly 350 men and women gathered that evening that made Rossman School’s Centennial Gala truly enchanting.

As guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, they mingled among friends, old and new, including alumni and past and present parents, trustees, faculty and staff. The varied group presented the perfect picture of...Read more

Rossman School in Creve Coeur has received a $1 million grant from the William R. Orthwein Jr and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation. The gift, which comes as the independent preparatory elementary school celebrates its 100th year, will establish an endowment fund to support faculty and staff professional development in perpetuity.

“For a century, Rossman has prided itself on recruiting, retaining and supporting the finest educators,” said Head of School Pat Shipley. “This transformational gift will enable us to continue that legacy by providing a permanent fund to support our educators...Read more

As we look out across the sea of faces in sixth grade these days, something seems a little different. Everyone is smiling, swaying and moving gently up and down to his or her own rhythm, like blades of sea grass, bobbing gently in a warm blue sea. Then, the topic of discussion changes and the students’ excitement becomes palpable. The once quiet, gentle movements shift and bodies begin to bounce a little higher, introducing more randomness into the group rhythm. The quiet sea turns more turbulent.

“Ok guys, turn it down a notch. You’re making us seasick up here!” we say with a smile...Read more

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