Welcome to Lafayette Academy

Looking for an outstanding K-12 school near you? Check out Lafayette Academy in nearby Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Lafayette leads the state in academic achievement. Learn what makes our private school exceptional, how we bring out the best in children, and why we may be a good fit for your family. Schedule your tour today!

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Expect more from your child’s education

Exceptional education without screens

Teacher-Led, Low Tech Classrooms

Explicit Phonics and Literacy

Penmanship and Cursive Instruction

True History using primary source documents

We are an independent, classical school enrolling students for Kindergarten-12th Grades located in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. We promote superior educational results and are supported by Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. At Lafayette Academy, your child will learn from the greatest minds in western history: Shakespeare, Socrates, Euclid, Mozart, Newton, Twain, Michelangelo, and others.

Students study the traditional liberal arts — language, literature, math, history, government, geography, the sciences, music, art, and Latin. We teach cultural literacy and nurture good character. How do we do this? By having the very best teachers, the very best books, and the very best efforts of our students. We are in the business of forming minds, not programming machines. We are breaking rank with modern education and instead draw on the best of our 2500-year history of the Western experience.

Lafayette Academy is taking a conscious step away from the fads consuming our nation’s schools, and anchoring our children’s education in the “tried and true.” We’d love to have dedicated families join us!

Our Four Classical Virtues

The mission of Lafayette Academy is to develop the academic potential of each student through a rigorous, content-rich, classical liberal arts program while cultivating in them a virtuous character.


courage, optimism, perseverance, good citizenship, loyalty


respect, friendship, kindness, generosity, fairness


honesty, wisdom, integrity, gratitude, humility, care


order, courtesy, self-control, patience, obedience

Tuition and Fees for the 2024 – 2025 School Year

Grade Level

Enrollment Deposit*

2024 – 2025 Tuition


GRADE LEVEL: Kindergarten




2024-25 TUITION**: $7,995

2023-24 TUITION**: $7,995

Grades 1 – 8

GRADE LEVEL: Grades 1 - 8




2023-24 TUITION**: $10,495

Grades 9 – 12

GRADE LEVEL: Grades 9 - 12




2023-24 TUITION**: $12,915

Financial Assistance

Lafayette Academy strives to meet families’ needs by offering financial assistance options. It is the heart of Lafayette’s Governing Board to keep tuition, deposit, and fees as affordable as possible while maintaining financial responsibility.

Our hope is that no family will avoid enrollment due to our tuition and related costs. We work to provide financial assistance and scholarships for families who desire a classical education and have a true financial need.

What Parents Are Saying About Lafayette Academy

Our son comes home in a great mood every day because he is now proud of the work that he is doing. [Lafayette] has reignited his excitement to learn, and that is largely because the faculty challenges him and encourages him to be excellent. He feels rewarded because his days in the classroom are focused on education, and he isn’t given the opportunity to become distracted by student drama. He also finds the whole experience to be fun! Before he felt like a drop in the ocean, but now he is the captain of his own ship!

— Lafayette Academy Parent

[Our daughter] has grown leaps and bounds…[we] see her light just pouring out of her when she comes home each day.  We can tell she just loves and enjoys school so much. What an incredibly vibrant atmosphere you are teaching these kids in and they, in turn, radiate and respond back.

— Lafayette Academy Parent

So far this year, my kids have memorized the Gettysburg Address, done incredible artwork, improved their reading ability, and so much more. They are truly growing as scholars and as people. We are so pleased with the education they are receiving at Lafayette Academy.

— Lafayette Academy Parent

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Contact Us


20 Hawk Ridge Circle

Lake St. Louis, MO 63367


(636) 357-9634


Lafayette Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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