Philosophy of Learning

The Rev. Bede Price, OSB, one of the school’s founders, explains the educational philosophy of the St. Austin School.

Our Motto

Evangelizare Investigabiles Divitias Christi

The motto of the school is taken from St Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians:

To preach…the unsearchable riches of Christ
(Ephesians 3:8)

There is a two-fold meaning to this text. Firstly the teachers of the school wish to bring St Paul’s inspired wisdom to their teaching. The transmission of the Christian faith consists primarily in proclaiming Jesus Christ in order to lead others to faith in him (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 425 ff).

And secondly we hope that our children when they are fully formed will likewise …burn with the desire to proclaim Christ:

We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard – (Acts 4:20, Catechism, 425 ff).

Our Mission

The St. Austin School provides a rigorous academic program which prepares our students to excel in secondary schools of the highest caliber.  In collaboration with our families, we help form students in Christian virtues and establish the practice of the Catholic Faith. 


The St. Austin School is an Independent Private Catholic School, situated in West County St. Louis. The St. Austin School Association of the Faithful is responsible for the Catholicity of the school as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The school admits boys and girls as day students in grades pre-K through 8. It offers a classical program of primary education from the intellectual and spiritual wealth of the Catholic Faith. The school day runs from 8:30 am until 3:15 pm Monday through Friday.  The school year is divided into three terms.

In addition to a pre-Kindergarten program, the children are organized into Forms:

  • Form I:    Kindergarten
  • Form II:   First Grade
  • Form III:  Second Grade
  • Form IV:  Third Grade
  • Form V:    Fourth Grade
  • Form VI:   Fifth & Sixth Grades
  • Form VII:  Seventh & Eighth Grades

We believe that education is primarily the work of helping form character in each child so that the student develops sound judgment and self-mastery. We seek to assist parents to pass on their religious and moral values by promoting a consistent message at school and in the social relationships of the extended school community.

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