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NOVEMBER 6TH 5pm-7pm ... or ... NOVEMBER 9TH 11am-2pm

We are enrolling now! Come learn about our approach to quality education in the city of St. Louis; see the facility; and meet families and staff!


August 10, 2013 10 am - 12 pm

Come one, come all ... LPA is ready to open and wants to share with you all of the hard work put in by the many volunteers and families committed to bringing an excellent elementary school to support the growth in Downtown St. Louis. We invite you to come see what all the hype is about. At Open House, you will see the changes made in our facility and learn more about our college prep program.

Thanks to Jeff Lea, LPA's most recent addition to the Board for filming, editing, and publishing our latest approach to spreading the word about LPA! Check out our videos at LPA's YouTube Channel.

Lafayette Prep adds a SECOND GRADE class!

In mid-May, Lafayette Preparatory Academy responded to the requests of families in the community and opened a classroom for second grade students. UMSL, our sponsor, very quickly recognized the need for this classroom and endorsed the decision. We welcome all families interested in a high quality education for second graders to enroll before all spaces are taken.

As our families enroll, and we make final preparations for the opening, we are planning on some fun to "Get the Ball Rolling." Join us at Flamingo Bowl for food, fun, and bowling from 6 pm - 9 pm on June 14th. We will have bowling on a first-come, first-served basis, and enough food and drinks for all. A raffle, silent auction, and wine pull will add to the fun! Most importantly, we want our supporters and families to get to know each other. Come join the fun! Tickets can be purchased at brown paper tickets.

We will also be having a book drive. Bring a new or gently used book and receive a raffle ticket to be entered for a chance to win a bowling party for 10!

1210 Locust Street!!!

March 21, 2013

We are so pleased to announe that it is official! We will be at 1210 Locust Street next year. All the i's are dotted and T's are crossed. Thank you to Christ Church Cathedral for inviting us to use the space in the Bishop Tuttle Memorial Building as our temporary home.

Second Enrollment Period Ends

March 8, 2013

Welcome to all of our new families! We are so excited to get to know your student and family. You are our inspiration and the power behind the movement to create a quality school in the Downtown/Near Southside area. We invite you to get to know other families and get involved. If you want to know how, let me know:

Second Enrollment Period Begins on January 28th, 2013!

January 28, 2013 - March 8, 2013

Congratulations to the students who are enrolled in LPA for the 2013-2014 school year! We look to learning and exploring with you. As we move closer to the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, we still have openings for enrollment. Those openings will become available on January 28, 2013. All applications received by 3:00 pm on March 8, 2013 will be reviewed to ensure they are complete. Be sure to submit your applications in time for the March 8th deadline. We wouldn't want you to miss out on this opportunity!

Family Play Date

January 26, 2013

Join us at Lafayette Preparatory Academy, 1210 Locust Street, for a Family Play Date! Take this opportunity to meet other families enrolled at LPA, families considering enrolling at LPA, or people who just want to see what we are all about. We will have a science experiment and art project for the kids. Come join the fun!

First Enrollment Period Coming to a Close

December 31, 2012

As our first enrollment period nears the end (December 31, 2012), we invite all to come visit us. We will be located at 1210 Locust Street in the Bishop Tuttle Memorial Building (on the East side of Christ Curch Cathedral). If you are just curious about what we are doing or a family interested in LPA for your Kindergartener of First Grader, we welcome you to schedule a Family Tour. Come learn more about us!

LPA Awarded the Federal CSP Grant!

December 12, 2012

At LPA, we know that in order to fulfill our mission, we must secure funding that supplements our program. To that end, we submitted and received the Federal CSP Grant. Very specifically, this money will support our purchase of Smartboards and tablets for students. We will also have ample money to build an excellent library to support our intense focus on literacy. Additionally, we will also be able to purchase supplies for a violin program and a physical fitness program. Thank you to those at DESE who decided to support LPA and our vision of quality education in the heart of St. Louis.

LPA Awarded the Walton Family Foundation Grant!

December 1, 2012

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded a generous grant to Lafayette Preparatory Academy! These start-up funds will ensure that we have the supports in place for our teachers and students. Thanks to the Walton Family Foundation for being so supportive of our mission to provide a superior education right here in the heart of St. Louis.

LPA Enrollment Has Begun!

October 16, 2012

Having received authorization from DESE, LPA is now able to enroll students! Our first enrollment period is open from October 16, 2012 to December 31, 2012. In order to receive an enrollment application, please contact Susan Marino to arrange for a Family Tour. See the enrollment page for details. At the tour, you will be able to see our likely location, receive enrollment materials, and have your questions answered. After revieing the enrollment materials, you will schedule a Home Visit with a school leader. Here, we will answer any additional questions and accept your enrollment application. If we are not at capacity at the end of this enrollment period, you will be enrolled. If we are at capacity, we will hold a lottery to determine which students will be enrolled in LPA. We look forward to hearing from you!

Get you holiday shopping done, support a local business, and support LPA all in one trip! When you mention our name while making purchases at the Downtown Left Bank Books from November 9th through November 11th, we will receive a portion of the proceeds. For the kids, we will have a story hour at 10:30 on Saturday and a craft activity at 3:00 pm on Saturday.

If you are unable to come to the store, consider shopping online, clicking our logo and supporting us in that way. This option is available from November 4th - November 11th.

LPA Officially Authorized by DESE

October 16, 2012

During the State Board of Education's regularly scheduled session on October 16, 2012, the Lafayette Preparatory Academy Charter School application was presented. The State Board of Education authorized LPA to open as a charter school in 2013! This is the final step in our being officially authorized to open our doors in service of St. Louis students. As soon as we were officially authorized, we were able to begin enrolling students. Enrollment has now officially begun!

UMSL Announces Sponsorship of LPA

August 6, 2012

After careful consideration, the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) has reviewed and approved Lafayette Preparatory Academy's Charter Application. As our sponsor, UMSL will work to ensure that we fulfill our mission and vision. We are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with UMSL and benefit from their many resources and guidance.

Mayor Slay is "enthusiastically endorsing (our) application for the Lafayette Preparatory Academy Charter School to open in the 2013-2014 school year." He acknowledges the need for a quality public school in our target neighborhoods and commends our efforts towards fulfilling that need. Stay tuned as we continue to progress towards bringing quality education to the city of St. Louis

Susan Marino Chosen as Head of School

July 25, 2012

We're excited to announce that we officially have a Head of School. Susan Marino is a Soulard resident dedicated to the continued revitalization of St. Louis by way of educational reform. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Arts Teaching from Lindenwood University. For five years, Susan worked with at-risk students in a small alternative school designed for expulsions and drop-outs from SLPS, Jennings, Hazelwood, and more. Susan was deeply involved in the development and implementation of the program as a teacher, Director, and Area Supervisor who oversaw the operation of 7 small schools. For the last seven years, Susan has taught High School Language Arts and served as a leader in a traditional public school. Susan has been the PLC Facilitator of her Professional Learning Community (PLC), which focuses on collaboration, data analysis, and data-driven instruction. She also serves as a member of the "High Schools That Work" (HSTW) Leadership Team that focuses on increasing the rigor and relevance in school curriculum. She specifically led the development and implementation of a program called "Failure is Not an Option," which requires all students to master all objectives. Collaboratively, she developed a support system both during and after school to meet this end. Her past and present leadership roles exemplify her commitment to collaboration, data analysis, data-driven instruction, rigor and relevance in school curriculum, and providing the support and intervention necessary to guide all students to success. In addition to her career, Susan volunteers with young people in St. Louis in several capacities. For three years, she has been a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She has also developed and led an after-school Fitness Club for Pre-School students at an independent school in St. Louis. She believes that each child can and will be successful given the appropriate guidance and support.

Lafayette Preparatory Academy Premier Fund Raiser

SqWires Annex - March 15, 2012 (5:30 - 8:00)

Please join Lafayette Preparatory Academy for its premier fund raiser in celebration of being awarded a Walton Family Foundation Charter Start Up Grant. Enjoy free drinks and appetizers and talk with neighbors about this important community endeavor. A Suggested donation of $25.00 per person would be greatly appreciated.