One-of-a-Kind Campus. NO KIDDING.
Forsyth fifth graders run from the library to the patio behind Next House for science class outside
Remarkable location. Unforgettable experience. You have never seen a campus like this. It’s a game changer. Run to class. Lunch in the backyard. Science on the patio. Art at the Kemper Museum. That’s Forsyth.
Forest Park is our backyard. Washington University is our next-door-neighbor. The City’s cultural institutions are walk-to resources. Science classes track biodiversity, study birds, and more in Forest Park; art classes convene
at the St. Louis Art Museum; Forsyth teams run in the park; classes walk to the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri History Museum. Across the street, the Kemper Museum, Edison Theatre, and Francis Field at Washington University are all resources for Forsyth kids.
Adaptive reuse since 1965. Before the term “adaptive reuse” was coined, Forsyth was acquiring historic homes to use for classroom space. Forsyth’s 6 houses, acquired one-by-one over five decades since 1965, were built in the 1920s. Before they were repurposed for school use, they were home to families. No wonder Forsyth kids call their school “a second home.” Of course, these homes didn’t come with gymnasiums and science labs, so we have built a Visual & Performing Arts Center, the Forsyth Adventure Center, The Rand Center for Performing Arts & Athletics, a FieldTurf field with surrounding track, 3 full science labs, and campus-wide infrastructure updates to support teaching and learning.
A campus to support challenge. In the Forsyth Adventure Center, the high ropes course, the high beam, and a climbing wall challenge kids to set their own goals and stretch beyond their comfort zone. The high beam is reserved for Forsyth School sixth graders–a capstone experience before graduating from Forsyth. Although the facility itself is unique, what you don’t see is the challenge curriculum that goes with the equipment.
We’re bucking the trend of sedentary kids. Forsyth’s campus is part of the fitness equation. Kids are outside a lot. With seven buildings, kids have to cross campus to get to classes. It’s not the inside center hall, so the natural inclination is to run. Our backyards form the playgrounds, and you’ll find us outside more often than not. We eat lunch outside a lot. We hang out together. Kids play on Falcon Field, the Sport Court, and in the Big Backyard.
Sustainability from the ground up. Begin with repurposed houses. Add environmental sustainability curriculum. The 105 solar panels on the roof of the gym were a class gift from graduating sixth graders. Forsyth School has been implementing a native landscape plan across campus in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society since 2014. Kids of all ages have planted many of the native plants along with vegetable gardens, some in raised beds they built. Forsyth claims 3 Green Schools Quest awards for sustainability education as well as an award from the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home program. To date, Forsyth is the only school in St. Louis to attempt large-scale native plant landscaping.