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City district to open special schools

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis – The St. Louis Public Schools will open three new schools that emphasize a more hands-on approach to learning.

The program is called Big Picture Schools, and will serve over 200 elementary, middle and high school students.

The new schools will be located in the old Des Peres, Turner-Branch and Kottmeyer buildings.

Tom Stephens is the Executive Director of the program.

"It's not a school for disruptive students, that's not the core of it, but more for students who don't learn in a traditional way."

High school students will attend internships two days per week in addition to traditional math and science coursework.

Over the next several days the district will host a series of community forums for interested parents.

Dates, Times, and Locations for Big Picture Community Forums:

Tuesday, July 10: Mullanphy Elementary Cafeteria - 5:30 to 6:30 PM 4221 Shaw Lane ( 63110)

Wednesday, July 11: Carpenter Branch Library - 5:30 to 6:30 PM 3309 S. Grand Street (63118)

Thursday, July 12: Clyde C. Miller High School - 5:30 to 6:30 PM 1000 N. Grand (63106)

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