While our local public school systems have an amazing student success record, Springfield’s private schools provide options for a different learning environment ideal for some students. Currently, our community offers 16 private school options ranging from preparatory and faith-based models to a unique, classical curriculum that spans elementary school through high school.


Based on the world-renown teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, the Discovery Garden emphasizes independent learning, mixed-age classrooms and mutual teaching in an effort to cultivate each child’s natural love of learning. The Discovery Garden offers hands-on learning programs for children ages 16 months to 5th grade, as well as after-school and summer enrichment programs. Discovery Garden Montessori School

Greenwood is a comprehensive K–12 school affiliated with Missouri State University and located on the main campus Springfield. Noted for exceptional academic excellence, student ACT scores are typically four to six points above the national average, and 100% of students go on to pursue higher education. Greenwood Laboratory School

Accepting students from pre-K through 12th grade, this unique facility fosters the joy of learning through small class sizes, individualized attention and integrated learning experiences. The Summit Preparatory School of Southwest Missouri


An academically challenging experience incorporating traditional values and Bible-based teachings for students age three through grade 12. Christian Schools of Springfield

A K-12 school focused on delivering a Christian classical education, Gloria Deo is a full member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. GDA teachers partner with parents to educate students in a historic biblical worldview. Gloria Deo Academy

This faith-based school aims to help children strive for excellence in knowledge, wisdom and service through a classical approach to education that recognizes three phases of learning: grammar, logic and rhetoric. Grace Classical Academy

Representing more than 90 area churches, this Christian college preparatory school integrates faith and learning at every grade level from preschool to high school. New Covenant Academy

The oldest and largest private school system in town, Springfield Catholic has four elementary schools and one high school. Students are exposed to a challenging curriculum and must log a minimum of 60 hours of community service throughout high school. Springfield Catholic Schools

Providing a rigorous academic curriculum, as well as childcare services, this ministry of Redeemer Lutheran Church accepts students from both Lutheran and non-Lutheran area churches. Springfield Lutheran School

Affiliated with the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist school network, this school incorporates faith, service to others and learning as daily components of a Christ-centered curriculum. Springfield Seventh-Day Adventist Junior Academy

St. Joseph Catholic Academy is a small, faith-filled school that offers a challenging curriculum and encourages students ages preschool through 8th grade to reach their full potential and become problem solvers. Online learning focuses on higher-level thinking, small group interaction and student engagement. St. Joseph Catholic Academy