This is not a contrarian article except that it is the first in a series of tributes to little known leaders and programs in St. Louis.
St. Louis City Academy is a k-6 private school located on north Kingshighway. It was founded by Don Danforth who is still CEO. The students are from the city of St. Louis, almost totally African-American. 70% qualify for free lunches.
The results of this school have been incredible. The curriculum is very vigorous and the students are also taught to be respectful and kind. Almost all of them receive scholarships and end up going to high quality private middle schools and high school. The great majority start and complete college and are becoming leaders in our country.
What is the secret? I think great leadership at the school, great teachers, an innovative curriculum and most important parents or significant adult who care dearly about their child’s education. I have the privilege of volunteering there on occasion and it is an uplifting experience.