City Academy

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded1999
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students189 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade City Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size22 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki bottoms (skirts, shorts, pants), polo tops or dress tops (blue, light blue, white))

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 27 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$3,500
Tuition NotesCurrently, all families qualify for significant financial aid and the average tuition paid per family is $3,500 annually.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$16,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorStephanie 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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Saint Louis
    Grades: NS-12 | 230 students
    5 miles
    4257 Magnolia Ave
    Saint Louis, MO 63110
    (314) 776-6473
    5 NS-12
  • Saint Louis
    Grades: PK-6 | 323 students
    2.5 miles
    5209 Waterman Blvd
    Saint Louis, MO 63108
    (314) 361-6411
    2.5 PK-6
  • Saint Louis
    Grace Chapel Lutheran School
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    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: NS-8 | 204 students
    4.9 miles
    10015 Lance Dr
    Saint Louis, MO 63137
    (314) 867-6564
    4.9 NS-8
  • Saint Louis
    River Roads Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 86 students
    2.6 miles
    8623 Church Rd
    Saint Louis, MO 63147
    (314) 388-0300
    2.6 PK-8
  • Florissant
    Grades: PK-12 | 277 students
    7.8 miles
    845 Dunn Rd
    Florissant, MO 63031
    (314) 972-6227
    7.8 PK-12

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The average private school tuition in Saint Louis, MO is $12,735 for elementary schools and $17,053 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Saint Louis, MO is 80% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).