St. Louis Public Schools

College Readiness
4:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

St. Louis Public Schools Foundation Looks To Bolster College Readiness

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A new effort is underway to fortify the high school to college pipeline for students in St. Louis Public Schools.  

The St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, the fundraising partner for the district, wants to raise $2 million to hire eight counselors over the next three years to focus on college readiness. These counselors would serve students at all 15 of the district’s high schools. The highly regarded Metro Academic and Classical High School already has a counselor specifically focused on college readiness.   

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Student Achievement
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

College Prep Program Expands in St. Louis Schools

AT&T awards $300,000 to St. Louis Public Schools to expand the AVID tutoring program.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

A program designed to push poor and minority students toward high school graduation and college and career readiness will expand in the St. Louis Public Schools.

Fueled by a $300,000 grant from AT&T, the Advancement Via Individual Determination  (AVID) program will go from serving around 300 students to 3,400 students at Cleveland Jr. Naval Academy, Gateway STEM High School, Roosevelt High School, Soldan International Studies High School, Sumner High School and Vashon High School. 

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High School Walkout
7:55 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Vashon Students Protest Over Substitute Teachers, Textbooks

Vashon High School freshman Rochelle Mason joined other students in a walk-out over substitute teachers and quality resources.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

About 100 students from St. Louis' Vashon High School walked out of classes Friday morning to demand more full-time teachers and better textbooks.

The students also were upset about certain school policies and the hiring of a new principal.

Vashon has been under scrutiny after it earned only 28 percent of available points on the most recent report card from the state.

Substitute teachers 

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School Choice
9:13 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

In St. Louis, Parents Go Digital To Make Sense Of School Choice

Angelee and Paul Brockmeyer work on their website, which is aimed at helping parents make sense of school choice options in St. Louis.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Angelee and Paul Brockmeyer have a soft spot for urban living and fixer-uppers.  

The couple spent five years rehabbing an old home in Chicago.  So, when they decided to pack up and come to St. Louis to be closer to family, Paul spent his weekends scouring the city's nooks and crannies for their next project. 

What they found was a sprawling Victorian in Compton Heights in need of elbow grease and updates.  

“It’s kind of easy to get sold on the whole package when you have this great neighborhood and you really love your house,” Angelee said. 

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Student Retention
10:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

St. Louis Public Schools To Hold Back 786 Kindergarten-Eighth Grade Students

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More than 780 kindergarten through eighth-grade pupils in St. Louis Public Schools who have fallen behind in reading are being held back this school year. That’s double the number of pupils retained last fall, when 372 students did not move on to the next grade.     

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Annual report card
12:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Normandy Falls, Riverview And St. Louis Rise In Newest School Report Cards

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Take a look at a statewide map showing how districts performance has changed between the past two school years, as well as five takeaways from the report cards.

While St. Louis Public Schools and Riverview Gardens have made solid gains in their push toward accreditation, Normandy finds itself in a deeper hole, earning just 7.1 percent of the possible points in Missouri’s latest list of school report cards released Friday.

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St. Louis Schools Fair
8:19 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

SLPS Gears Up For New School Year

As a single parent, Lashuna Rancher was grateful for the chance to get free school supplies. She attended the fair with her son Lawayne Rancher and his friends Marcus Morgan and Ryan Harris.
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With just over a week before the first day of classes for St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), the district partnered with the Urban League to host an annual back to school fair Saturday.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the Back to School and Community Empowerment Festival, lining up outside St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena to get free school supplies and find out about area resources.

Urban League President and CEO Michael McMillan said the purpose of the fair is to make sure students—and their families—are ready for the school year.

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Back To School
5:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.

But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.

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Quality Schools
12:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Louis Schools Make Headway, But Plenty Of Work Remains

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While plenty of work is left to be done, St. Louis Public Schools has established a foothold in its effort to raise academic performance and reverse decades of sagging enrollment. 

That's the big takeaway from a report by the Chicago based IFF, a nonprofit that released a similar study in 2009 when city leaders were considering the best locations for a wave of charter schools.

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Educational Achievement
10:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Louis Schools Extend Intensive Tutoring Program To Boost Achievement

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The Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools has approved funneling $5 million in federal money into an intense tutoring program.

The district hired three outside vendors to give the program a try with 2,174 students at 23 schools this past school year. Based on benchmark exams, students who participated in the program on average made greater academic strides when compared to those who did not get the extra help.

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