City Academy is the only private, independent elementary school in Missouri providing scholarship support to all students.
Located in St. Louis City`s Penrose neighborhood, City Academy serves children, families and the community through exceptional education and bold expectations that empower children to overcome barriers. We believe a family`s geographic location and income should never be a barrier to accessing high quality education.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked MO School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-6
  • Enrollment: 189 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $3,500
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 27 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

City Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Missouri for:

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded
1999
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
189 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
100%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
City Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
55%
Average Class Size
22 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Khaki bottoms (skirts, shorts, pants), polo tops or dress tops (blue, light blue, white)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 27 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Currently, all families qualify for significant financial aid and the average tuition paid per family is $3,500 annually.
% on Financial Aid
100%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$16,500
Acceptance Rate
28%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Stephanie Dooley

School Notes

  • In most elementary schools in the U.S., the homeroom teacher is expected to be a generalist. City Academy has embraced the specialist model, which is more of an international approach to teaching. Through the specialist model, City Academy teachers instruct the one subject about which they are most knowledgeable. This means experts in their chosen content area teach their subjects to all students. The specialist model also allows for greater depth in a subject area that supports the level of academic rigor expected of City Academy students.
  • City Academy believes that both the social-emotional and academic growth of each student is equal and necessary to address the healthy development of the whole child. Academic programs include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math), violin instruction for all students 1st-6th grade, Spanish instruction for all scholars, and extended day programs and summer programs.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does City Academy cost?

City Academy's tuition is approximately $3,500 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of City Academy?

The acceptance rate of City Academy is 28%, which is lower than the national average of 88%. City Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Missouri with low acceptance rates.

What is City Academy's ranking?

City Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Missouri for: Least expensive tuition, Lowest average acceptance rates and Highest percentage of students of color.

When is the application deadline for City Academy?

The application deadline for City Academy is Jan. 27 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 27 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked MO School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-6
  • Enrollment: 189 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $3,500
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 27 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Saint Louis, MO is $15,203 for elementary schools and $16,950 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Saint Louis, MO is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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