Scholarship for every student

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We believe that every child should have access to high quality education, regardless of a family’s income or geographic location. All students at City Academy receive tuition support through generous donations from local foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Tuition is based on income and varies by family. Tuition includes before and after school programs, as well as our summer program. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are also included with tuition.

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A Year of Transformation- Reflection from the Principal

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As I sat on the edge of my seat, hanging on to each word of the beautifully-written and presented speeches of our graduating sixth graders, I was unexpectedly overcome by a wave of feelings and reflections. Just a year and a half before, I was being interviewing by these very students as candidate to be their principal. At the time, I couldn’t help but be captivated by their thoughtful questions, the seriousness in which they took their learning, their understanding of the world, and most notably, the way they interacted with each other and the adults who surrounded them. My time with them convinced me that City Academy was unlike any place I had ever explored.

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President and Co-Founder, Don Danforth III, Honored by the NCCJ St. Louis

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For 72 years, NCCJ St. Louis has honored those leaders who, in their own lives, embrace the tenets of NCCJ’s work to make St. Louis a community where all people are valued and respected.

Don Danforth III, President and Co-Founder of City Academy was honored with a Brotherhood Sisterhood Award on June 6. The award honors individuals whose work demonstrates the power of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Friends and family in the City Academy community came out to celebrate Don’s deserving recognition
(Jerris Kirkwood ’10 (CBC ’16, Saint Louis University ’20) and his family are pictured above with Don at the ceremony).

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City Academy Alumna, Sydni Hall ’09 (MICDS ’17) Encourages Graduates to Find Their Passions

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Each year, we are fortunate to have City Academy alumni speak at our graduation ceremony. This year, Sydni Hall ‘11(MICDS ’17, Loyola University Chicago ’21), sister of this year’s Milton L. Mitchell award, Steven Hall, had the special honor of addressing her brother’s class.

Good evening, I am Sydni Hall, and I am so very honored to have been chosen as the alumni speaker for City Academy’s Class of 2017 graduation ceremony.  This class is very special to me, as my brother, Steven Hall, is among the graduates tonight.  As he completes his elementary school journey and transitions into secondary school at my alma mater, MICDS, it feels incredibly special to share this moment with you.

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Choosing City Academy – A Parent Perspective

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Choosing City Academy for our two children is one of the best decisions we’ve made for their future. When you don’t attend a neighborhood school everyone asks, “Where do your kids go?”  Craig and I find ourselves singing the praises of City Academy’s teachers, administrators and the overall vision to raise future community leaders.

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Presenting the 2017 Oliver M. Langenberg Award Recipients

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In honor of City Academy’s earliest and most generous supporters,  Oliver M. Langenberg, City Academy recognized two St. Louis leaders, Holly James and Alicia McDonnell for this year’s award. These community leaders, who are also sisters, are staunch believers in the importance of education and passionate about City Academy.

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City ‘Mathcademy’ Fun on a Friday

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Without planning, three of the four math teachers wore their City Academy tees on the same day. Of course when we saw this, we knew there was plenty of math involved. How many of the following math questions can you answer:

1) What fraction of the math team is not wearing a CA tee?

2) What is the ratio of team members wearing a CA tee to total math team members?

3) If a fifth team member showed up and was not wearing a CA tee, what would be the probability of a CA tee being selected at random?

4) Bonus: Can you make out what word the math team is miming?

Answers:  1) 1/4   2)  3:4   3)  3/5  4) MATH

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Am I Smarter than a Second Grader?

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This year I got a promotion, of sorts, with my volunteer work at City Academy. I went from reading to Kindergartners to tutoring second graders.

It turns out that second grade at City Academy is serious work. The homework is significant. They learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division all in one year. From time to time, there are word problems that look like they belong on a Mensa quiz. The kids are reading chapter books and writing reflections on their books every week

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Celebrating Literacy

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April is Literacy Month at City Academy. We’re celebrating with our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers!

This week, several individual City Academy supporters and community partners, such as Bring Me A Book St. Louis, participated in story-time. These volunteers read books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein in upper grade classrooms and Flight School by Lita Judge to early childhood students.

After the stories were read, scholars brought the books to life though novel engineering projects. Novel engineering allows our students to integrate literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). This unique approach to literacy affords our students the chance to problem-solve. Scholars must identify a problem in the story, determine a solution, and then create a prototype.

Second grade students completed novel engineering projects based on the book Flight School. In the story, a spirited penguin is determined to fly. Since his body was not built to soar, the penguin must find the tools he needs to soar.

Second graders created prototypes for the penguin’s problem. Students created wings, propellers, and jet packs that the penguin could use to fly through the sky.

Second graders completing Flight School novel engineering projects with Friends Committee Member, Tyler Krueger

We are grateful for volunteers and community partners who inspire our students to celebrate literacy every day. Community support allows our students to flourish and succeed at City Academy, secondary school, college, and beyond.

Learn more about how you can support our scholars

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New Literacy Program: Accelerated Reader

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City Academy students are immersed in a culture of reading and writing in order for them to become life-long learners. Literacy is at the foundation of our curriculum, even as students enter junior kindergarten. As partners, parents and faculty work together to build this culture of literacy by modeling the behaviors of lifelong readers.

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