The first steps of a child’s education are an exciting time for families, and our Primary Program is where life-long learning begins.

The Biome School Primary Program supports learners on their journey toward building a strong academic foundation and independence.  Our aim is to develop capable, confident, & eager learners.  Learners are promoted based on successfully meeting the expectations at each grade level.  The Biome students flourish as the individuals they are within a safe and encouraging environment.

We encourage you to book a tour of our school to meet the exceptional educators who will assist you in developing your child’s potential.


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More than a school, The Biome is an ecosystem where classroom leaders, parents, and community members work together to empower students with the tools they need to reach their fullest potential.  Using researched and evidence-based practices, The Biome offers a model for integrating individualized learning and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education.  We understand the importance of the early school-aged years in laying the foundation for ongoing well-being and academic achievement.  Our model’s three elements create a unique educational experience for each learner.


The Biome offers a safe environment, encouraging children to take academic risks.  At The Biome, inquiry-based learning is not applied to science alone but to every subject within our STEAM school.  Classroom leaders guide learners through problem-based and student-centered learning activities designed to help them deepen their knowledge and bring personal ideas and concepts to their educational experience.  Through the repetitive process of inquiry, children learn what to ask, conduct investigations and think critically.


At The Biome, we believe learning should not be confined to the classroom.  In our Primary Program, learners are offered a range of thoughtfully planned experiential learning opportunities that ensure meaningful learning in safe, immersive, and engaging environments.  Framed within an inquiry-based model, our learners explore some of what our city has to offer.  All experiences are connected to our Big Question STEAM inquiry units.


At The Biome, we aim to help children learn, build healthy habits, and develop positive relationships.  Well-being in our Primary Program is founded on these principles as learners are supported in their journey toward perseverance, self-care, and self-regulation. As our learners grow and graduate from our Primary Program, they are prepared to develop their leadership skills in our Intermediate Program.

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Each Learner is part of a rigorous academic program with three core subjects.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • The Big Question: Cross-Curricular Studies (including Science, Social Studies, Literacy, and Math)


Extra Curricular Programs provide Primary Learners with a well-rounded educational experience.

  • Mind and Movement: Physical Health and Mindfulness
  • Adaptive Thinking (art, technology, and engineering)
  • Music


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High-quality academic programming begins with an excellent and caring instructional staff.  Positive and secure relationships between educators, families, and children are central to our learners’ development.  Each Primary Program Classroom Leader holds an appropriate certification with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Our administrators and teaching staff work closely with families to develop a rich picture of each student’s strengths, interests, and potential. Knowing and understanding our students enables us to provide optimum opportunities for individual children and ensures a successful transition to the Intermediate Program.

Beth Hendrix
Beth HendrixKindergarten Classroom Leader
Rikki Rich
Rikki RichKindergarten Classroom Leader
Rylie O'Hara
Rylie O'HaraFirst Grade Classroom Leader
Elisabeth Ward
Elisabeth WardFirst Grade Classroom Leader
Katie Pummill
Katie PummillSecond Grade Classroom Leader
Ellie Prost
Ellie ProstSecond Grade Classroom Leader