Mayor Francis G. Slay announced last month that three new charter schools will open this August. The three schools bring to 12 the number of charters that have opened since the mayor began a vigorous screening process four years ago. Charter schools are public schools free from tuition, open to all, and free from the bureaucracy of the St. Louis Public Schools.
"Providing quality educational choices is the number one challenge facing the City of St. Louis," said Mayor Slay. "Too many of our children are in substandard schools, and too many of our families are forced to leave neighborhoods they love to find good schools for their children."
The new charter schools opening in 2011 include:
- Jamaa Learning Center, which will open at 2900 N. Prairie for grades K-8.
- Preclarus Mastery Academy, which will open at 625 N. Euclid Avenue for grades 5-12
- South City Prep, which will open at 2900 S. Grand Blvd. for grades 5-12.