The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

An Inner City School in St Louis that Works

I am writing about St. Louis City Acadamy, a school that serves mostly black lower income elementary school children quite successfully. The students thrive at this private school funded by the Danforth family and other local donors. Our Optimist Club has also played a part in the funding. The students, are happy, respectful, kind, and learn. Most go on to the best private middle and high schools in the area and successful college careers. What are the secrets. Engaged parents and motivated students. Parents are required to volunteer a certain amount of time at the school. It shows that poorer children can be well educated. It simply takes adequate funding, dedicated teachers and staff, and committed parents and students. Written by Paul Dribin

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