Our Values

Two Pembroke Hill students exchange a high five in a parking lot


Our Mission
Together, cultivating the best in each, for the benefit of all

Our Values

Our Motto
Freedom With Responsibility

Our Promise
Pembroke Hill is a place where:
  • Every child is known, cared for and valued
  • Teaching and learning is at its highest level
  • A growth-oriented culture of excellence thrives
  • Positive supportive relationships exist

Our Shared Beliefs
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 life skills, 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.

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.

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 the second most state titles than any other school in Missouri.

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. Our upper school students have the option of declaring themselves as art focused students. Each year, we see an increase in the number of students who choose to continue to study art – both visual and performing - in college.

Our students enjoy wonderful facilities for the arts including three theaters, spacious visual arts studios and Centennial Hall, a building dedicated to the arts on the Ward Parkway campus.


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.

Our school motto, Freedom With Responsibility, and our four core values: Respect, Compassion, Scholarship and Integrity, direct us each day. The values are visually present on our campuses and serve as a guide for our entire community as we go about teaching, learning and interacting with each other.

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.