"Hidden Gem in the City", La Salle Middle Transitions to Tuition-Free Charter School

This year De La Salle Middle School, a private school previously sponsored by Christian Brothers, transformed to La Salle Middle. The new tuition-free charter school uses a dual organizational model offered in only one other school in the country. “We wanted to be able to serve more kids,” assistant principal…

"Metro High School made me a city lover"

Metro Academic and Classical High School: “Then and Now” With my oldest son nearly halfway through eighth grade, we’ve recently stepped up our discussions on the next step - high school. There are many variables in making that decision. In St. Louis, your options are much greater than just…

Welcome Back!

The first full week is behind us, and we're still trying to catch our breath! Here are some of the things we've added to the site recently: Updated Information We added profiles for the 8 new Charter schools that opened their doors this Fall. We updated profiles for several schools…

Hello, Summer!

It's been a great year What a school year it's been! When we launched this resource last Fall, we really had no idea what to expect. We knew that we couldn't be the only ones struggling to navigate the process of finding schools for our kids, and we hoped to…

Buder Elementary: Another Bright Spot within the St. Louis Public Schools

Buder School is a pre-kindergarten to 5th grade school within the St. Louis Public School system. It is located at Lansdowne and Macklind Avenues in the burgeoning South Hampton (SoHa) neighborhood of St. Louis. There is a lot to like in this section of the city. Macklind Avenue south of…

The Parent Trap

There’s a fine line between being involved and being a “helicopter” parent. Here are five tips for finding the right balance. Illustration by Mike Ellis, Originally published in St. Louis Magazine 1. Take advantage of tech tools. Online gradebooks, blogs showcasing students’ work, and email reminders about upcoming field…

Chess Sees Resurgence in St. Louis City Schools

Click. Click. Click. Almost 150 children ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade gathered in the McKinley Classical Leadership Academy cafeteria for a tournament, but it sounded more like pre-school naptime. Except for the clicks—the methodical sound of chess clocks being punched as each player completed their move—the large…

Three questions, three families: St. Margaret of Scotland School

This is the first in a series of short stories we are doing called: “Three questions, three families.” In the series we will interview families to get a snapshot of what parents think about their school of choice. We are kicking it off with St. Margaret of Scotland (SMOS), a…

Stories from the Yellow School Bus

Our Yellow School Bus Experience: Reliable Transportation To and From the St. Louis Public Schools Getting kids to and from school can be a chore with all the work and other commitments that busy parents have — not to mention, many grade-school and middle-school students have variable start times, which can…

The MSIP5 Scoop for City Parents

Well, the MSIP5 results are in. There are a lot of numbers to crunch and some misinformation to wade through, but we’re here to help. Overall, the city education landscape is improving, and some of the best performing schools in the region are right here in our own backyards.…

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