A new charter school is in the works in the former Holy Cross Lutheran School building in the city’s Gravois Park neighborhood while an art education nonprofit is planning to more than double its capacity.
Both are part of a $6.1 million reinvestment into two old church buildings near Jefferson Avenue and Miami Street.
JEFFERSON CITY • A new charter school will open in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis to serve K-5 students this fall.
The Arch Community School will primarily be a neighborhood school and have a simple focus on getting students to master foundational learning. The new school’s vision is similar to that of North Side Community School, one of St. Louis’ highest-performing charter schools.
“Nothing stands out as exceptionally innovative or glitzy,” said Bill Mendelsohn, director of charter schools for University of Missouri-St. Louis. UMSL is sponsoring the new school.
One of St. Louis' worst-performing charter schools is expected to close permanently in June.
Preclarus Mastery Academy, which enrolls about 150 students from fourth to eighth grade, has scored as poorly as an unaccredited school district for the past three years, according to standards set by the state. The school received just 46 percent of points possible on the state's annual report card of schools last year.