In announcing the new schools, Slay said that charter schools are necessary as the St. Louis Public School District continues to re-earn its accreditation with the state.
"Nothing frustrates me more than to hear of young couples moving out of the city because of a lack of quality education options," said Slay. "Charter schools are providing city families with an option to stay -- and they are giving others a reason to hope that all children in St. Louis can get a great, affordable education."
The three new schools opening in time for the fall semester are:
Jamaa Learning Center
at 2900 N. Prairie for grades K-8. The school eventually plans to add a new building at 4400 St. Louis Avenue and will open this year for grades kindergarten and grades three through six.
Preclarus Mastery Academy
at 625 North Euclid Avenue for grades 5-12. The school's mission will be to ensure that all its students both enter and graduate from a nationally-ranked four-year university. Preclarus is currently enrolling for 5th and 6th grades and plans to add a grade each year.
South City Prep
at 2900 S. Grand Boulevard for grades 5-12, with a similar mission to prepare students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college. South City Prep is currently enrolling for 5th and 6th grades and will add a grade each year.
Mayor Francis Slay yesterday announced the addition of three more charter school options for St. Louis families, just in time for the coming school year.