Churchill is the leading school for bright students with dyslexia and learning disabilities in St. Louis. We admit high-potential elementary and middle school students with specific, diagnosed learning disabilities.



At Churchill, we will always remember that our success is measured not by how many students we impact, but by the impact we have on any one student!

We work with children who have been diagnosed with:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Processing Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disabilities in Reading, Math, and Written Language
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorders
  • ADHD

Churchill is designed specifically for, and accepts only, high potential children whose primary diagnosis is a learning disability. Students are admitted on the basis of their potential for success in the program. Each candidate is evaluated on an individual basis. The final responsibility for all admissions decisions rests with the Head of School. Churchill offers nonsectarian education to any qualified student regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity or orientation, national origin or disability in the administration of its policies, procedures and programs.

We have a rolling admissions system and evaluate each applicant on an individual basis, looking at his or her potential for success at Churchill.


In addition to our day school curriculum, Churchill also offers summer programming. ENROLLING NOW!


This six-week remedial session helps children with specific learning disabilities develop to their full academic potential by providing individual and small group instruction. In addition to a daily 1:1 tutorial, an individualized curriculum is offered to each child, ages 6-15, in the areas of language arts, math, auditory visual training and motor skills.



This program is designed for kindergarten and first grade students who are not reading with ease. Based on current research and techniques that differ from traditional reading instruction, teaching will include phonemic awareness and listening skills. Manuscript handwriting practice will also be incorporated into each daily lesson. Students who attend this course will learn how to read and spell one-syllable words.

For further questions about our summer programs, please contact Director of Admissions Susan Howison at 314-997-4343 or


The HEART of Churchill is a community made up of so many individuals who promote our mission that truly impacts and transforms the lives of our students and their families.

Our school is built on those who walk (or who have walked) these hallways, teach in the classrooms, support school events, encourage our students’ progress and achievements big and small, and who inspire and motivate us to continue reaching new successes and set greater goals. We are on a continuous journey of discovery, outreach, evolution and celebration. At Churchill, we are proud of the community we have made together and we are wondrously excited about the community that continues to grow!

Please watch and listen to a few of the AMAZING individuals who have impacted us – even more so than we have impacted them!

A Parent’s Perspective:

At Churchill, we know firsthand that a learning disability doesn’t just affect your child – it affects your entire family. We can help you understand your LD child. We can help you understand ADHD. And we can help you recognize your child’s strengths!

Hear from a Churchill Alumna and Current Parent:

More than 2,800 students have passed through the doors of Churchill, graduating with the strategies to transition to traditional classrooms. Our alumni are thriving as middle school students, high school students, college students, professionals and parents. Make sure to visit our testimonial section to learn more!

Learn About Churchill’s History From Retired Founding Director Sandi Gilligan:

Churchill uses research-based methods to help students with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities reach their highest potential. We empower bright children to thrive, no matter how they learn!

We love our Bulldogs!:

At Churchill, we empower students by giving them the confidence and tools they need to play an active role in their own education.

Celebrating 40 Years!

In 2018, Churchill celebrated 40 years of making a difference in the lives of our students and their families!

Application Timetable

Students are accepted on a space-available basis. Applications can be submitted at any time, although early application is recommended. We use a rolling admissions process, reviewing each application as it is received.

We will contact you with your child’s application status once our Admissions Committee has reviewed these materials.

Application Requirements

All application materials must be received prior to Admissions Committee review.

1. Completed Application Packet and $75 Application Fee
To request an application by mail, submit your name and address below. Because our applications are color-coded, they are not downloadable at this time.

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2. Psycho-Educational Evaluation
Please submit an evaluation administered within the last three years. Evaluations must include the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC IV or V), the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities, or the Kaufman Test of Education Achievement. Subtest and index scores from these tests or approved compatible tests must be included. If the results of any information or testing prove inconclusive or ambiguous, the Admissions Committee may request additional information.

3. Pertinent Information from Schools, Doctors, or Clinics
To make an informed decision, we need to collect relevant information directly from the schools, doctors, and clinics that are familiar with your child. Please sign the release forms included within the application and send them directly to your selected list of schools, doctors, or clinics. These organizations will then fill out the forms and return them to Churchill.

4. Personal Interview with Parents and Applicant
This interview is required prior to admission, and can only be scheduled after the school has received all application materials.

Financial Assistance

Churchill Center & School Financial Aid Committee offers aid to qualified students on the basis of the financial need of the family and the availability of funds. There are no merit-based awards at Churchill. Financial aid decisions are made independent of the admission decisions and in no way affect the applicant’s selection.

Financial aid funds are limited, and we ask families to remember that, while we are here to help you to the extent our funds allow, we believe the responsibility for your child’s education rests with the family. A Churchill education is an investment in your child’s future. You will undoubtedly have to make some sacrifices. There are options available to help you meet school expenses, such as monthly payment plans and long-term education loans.

It is the goal of the school to provide tuition aid to families whose children have been accepted and have a need for financial aid as verified by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, an independent assessment agency in Princeton, NJ. Their recommendation, along with supplementary information submitted by the parents to Churchill Center & School, is used by the Financial Aid Committee to determine eligibility with the amount awarded being dependent upon the financial need of the family. The total amount of aid given each year is dependent upon the funds available.

Parents interested in applying for financial aid should request the application materials from Churchill Center & School Business Office. Additionally, School and Student Service for Financial Aid, including Parent’s Financial Statement, is available online at Financial aid applications are available in early November and must be submitted by April 15. Application review begins in April for the following school year and is completed by mid-May. The school requires re-application for financial aid each year. The amount of financial aid awarded may vary from year to year depending upon the funds available for financial aid and the number of families in need of aid.

For questions and to learn more, please contact Admissions Director Susan Howison at 314-997-4343 or

Email the Admissions Director

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Churchill's proven methods and well-trained faculty change the lives of children who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities.