About Our School

  • Mission: At Pershing ES, we are unapologetically committed to celebrating and empowering each student's unique identity and brilliance. We will lead and learn for liberation with a primary focus on social justice, so that every student leaves Pershing with the knowledge and skills to make a significant impact in their communities. Every day, students will engage in meaningful and joyful learning experiences that build their capacity as eco-conscious citizens and build their understanding of the arts as a means of advocacy.

    Vision Statement:  We envision a school that is the heart and soul of the community where we cultivate students who impact not only University City but also the world: Exuding excellence in every endeavor.


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    Pershing School History

    Pershing School opened in 1920 and was named for General John J. Pershing, a native Missourian and commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. In 2009, the voters in University City approved a $53 million bond issue to included construction of a new LEED-certified school building. Due to construction in 2011-12, students were temporarily relocated to the recently closed Nathaniel Hawthorne building on Hanley Road.

    In the fall of 2012, Pershing welcomed back its students to a new, state-of-the-art facilities include supportive, technology infrastructure; library media center; kiln room and flexible learning spaces.

    Pershing has earned the National Award of Excellence in Education, also known as the Blue Ribbon School award and the highest honor from the U. S. Department of Education and was named a Gold Star School by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    Pershing School 1930

    Photo courtesy of University City Public Library Archives circa 1930.