Who We Are
Principia is unique—we’re the only school in the world educating Christian Scientists from preschool through college.
The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution (Policy 1).
Principia is a Christian Science community of practice where all members are students, teachers, and healers. Through transformative opportunities, a challenging curriculum, and character education based on the teachings of Christian Science, we examine, test, and strengthen our faith while developing the skills and understanding requisite for excellence. As global, outward-looking, inspired learners, we serve and better the world.
Principia’s values, listed below, are grounded in the teachings of Christian Science:
- Teaching and learning
- Thinking and acting from the basis of Principle, Love
- Unfoldment of character
- Individual and collective excellence
- Citizenship and service
- Innovation and continuous improvement
Our 2016 Annual Report recaps a year of growth and progress at Principia. Enjoy reading about the achievements and activities of students, faculty, and staff over the past fiscal year. Also included in the report are statistics about enrollment, academics, faculty, athletics, alumni engagement, and our finances. Read the report.
In February 1935, a few weeks before Principia College moved from St. Louis, Missouri, to Elsah, Illinois, founder Mary Kimball Morgan shared this insight: “There is a plan for the progress of Principia—God’s plan. It is ours to see and understand, so that we may be in harmony with it. . . . May we now see the further unfolding of God’s plan” (Education at The Principia, p. 108). Nearly 80 years later, our updated strategic plan springs from that same desire to “see the further unfolding of God’s plan.”
Vision 2020: Principia’s Strategic Plan provides a well-informed and progressive vision for Principia’s future, along with strategic goals, objectives, and a detailed outline for arriving at that vision. Read an overview of the plan.
Principia School is a coeducational, independent, college-preparatory school for Christian Scientists. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, it serves students from infancy through grade 12. Day students attend at all grade levels, and we welcome boarding students from around the world beginning in grade 7.
Principia College is the only college for Christian Scientists in the world. Our coeducational, liberal arts college attracts students from 30 countries to our campus in Elsah, Illinois.