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Our Shared Values

At Pembroke Hill our educational goals help us form our beliefs and our values.

  • We believe in fostering in our students the joy of learning, the love of discovery, the confidence to grow and a sense of responsibility and respect for others.

  • We believe in creating a nurturing environment in which children are central and where they develop a sound knowledge base in core academic disciplines.

  • We believe in placing a strong emphasis on character and citizenship education and providing experiences in lifeskills, leadership and service.

  • We believe in creating and maintaining an inclusive community that welcomes, respects, values and benefits from individual differences.

  • We believe in fostering and promoting emotional, social and physical health and well-being.

  • We believe in nurturing creativity and aesthetic appreciation.

  • We believe in our students.

Who We Are

  • As we get older and continue our path down ‘the road of life,’ we start looking back as much as we look forward. Even though I live in California, my relationships from Pembroke Hill are as important now as they were 40 years ago."

    - John Gerson ’82
  • My middle school advisory is like my family. The contests are fun, and the Friday treats are delicious, but my favorite part is making friends with people from each grade I never would have known without this experience."

    - Sophie Hickok, PHS middle school student
  • One of the things that attracted me to PHS was the high level of student writing. My students write numerous essays per year that I review very closely. Students then fix any problems. Because of this writing process, our graduates find that they are at the top of their college freshman classes."

    - Dr. Jeff Loeb, Upper School English Teacher
  • When we joined Pembroke Hill, our fourth grader was nervous about going to a new school and making friends. However, the children and parents could not have been more welcoming. Now, my children feel right at home! I recommend Pembroke Hill as a great choice!"

    - Lisa Chase, Lower School Parent
  • Pembroke Hill offers a multitude of activities, and it encourages students to become involved in, and leaders of, many different organizations. I have been an officer in several clubs while also being the swim team captain - a combination that I don't think many schools offer."

    - Spencer Chu, Upper School student
  • In advisory, I have friends in sixth, seventh and eighth grade! It's fun because you always have a friend in a different grade!It really helped me come out of my shell through my middle school career."

    - Katharine Chester, Middle School student

Pembroke Hill is a community of learners - students, faculty/staff, parents and alumni.  We are dedicated to helping our students achieve educational excellence while guiding them to become individuals of character who believe that they can and do make a difference in our school community and the community beyond Pembroke Hill.

Our school enjoys the dedicated support of all members of the school community, and we are well aware that it truly takes the efforts of our entire community for our school to be the dynamic and successful school that it is.  It is often said at Pembroke Hill that when a child enrolls in our school, the entire family enrolls!

We are proud of our diverse community that includes individuals who represent all geographic, ethnic, religious and socio-economic sectors.  It is this diversity that makes us strong and provides the school with many opportunities for wonderful discussions, insights and understanding.

We are a vibrant community.  We invite you to join us!


The mission of the Pembroke Hill School is to enable all students to build character and to develop their intellectual, physical and creative abilities to the highest possible level. 

Developing Character

Helping students develop character is an integral part of each day at Pembroke Hill and is addressed in age-appropriate ways for all students.  In each of the divisions, these issues are addressed formally through well-defined programs and informally in those “teachable moments” that arise in the hallways, on the playing fields or in the dining rooms.

Developing Intellectual Abilities

Our curriculum challenges our students whether they are 2-years-old just starting out on their academic journeys or whether they are preparing for the SATs.  But, throughout that journey, our students are supported by teachers who love teaching, love their subject matter and love their students.  Teachers at Pembroke Hill know their students well.  Not only do our teachers interact with students in small classes, but also as advisers and coaches.  Our students do well in their academics, and they are often recognized regionally and nationally for their scholastic accomplishments through such programs as National Merit, National Science Olympiad and AP exams.

Developing Physical Abilities

Beginning in the lower school and continuing through sixth grade, students may begin to participate in sports.  Interscholastic sports begin in seventh grade, and the school offers 23 sports.  While student participation is the goal of our teams below the varsity level, our teams routinely do well.  Our student-athletes have earned more state titles that any other school in Missouri.

Developing Creative Abilities

Students explore their creative sides through an extensive fine and performing arts program.  Pembroke Hill students, from the time they enter PHS, have many opportunities to be in front of their peers and the school community to express their opinions and to showcase their artistic talents.  We believe this is the reason our graduates are so articulate and comfortable with public speaking.  Each year, we see an increase in the number of students who choose to continue to study art – both visual and performing - in college

Educational Goals

To fulfill our mission and our commitment to each student, we will:

• Create an environment of academic excellence to ensure that each of our graduates is thoroughly prepared for college through a challenging and globally-inspired curriculum that provides a sound knowledge base in the liberal arts, mathematics and science.

• Develop independent and articulate communicators who are critical thinkers, collaborative, innovative, analytical and able to problem solve.

• Place a strong emphasis on character and citizenship education and provide experiences in life skills, leadership and service.

• Foster and promote emotional, social and physical well-being through strong athletic and wellness programs.

• Develop student creativity through engagement in the arts with a comprehensive and vibrant arts program.

• Explore emerging technologies and opportunities that will enhance the school’s programs and expand our students’ related capabilities.