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Vol. 46, No. 32
May 3, 2012

Students of Closing Imagine Charter Schools Find New Schools

Students can enroll for the 2012-2013 school year during three school fairs

Students attending the Imagine charter schools in St. Louis found new education opportunities at a recent school fair, and two more, similar events are planned in May and June. More than 800 students and their families attended the first school fair April 28, where nearly 100 schools provided information about their facilities.

Students were able to apply for and enroll in a school of their choosing for the 2012-13 school year.

More than 3,800 students are expected to transfer to new schools as a result of the State Board of Education's decision last month to close the Imagine charter schools due to poor academic performance and fiscal management. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education set up a Charter Transition Office in St. Louis last month to help families find a new school for their children.

 “Parents and students of the closing Imagine schools care deeply about their education, and they came ready to find the school that’s right for them,” said Gwen Westbrooks, Charter Transition Office coordinator. “Lines were forming before we even opened the doors for our first school fair.”

Two more school fairs are scheduled for May 12 and June 5:


Saturday, May 12, 2012

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

South City Preparatory Academy

2900 South Grand Blvd.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Imagine Academy of Environmental Science and Math

1008 South Spring Avenue

The Department and the Charter Transition Office are working to spread the word about the upcoming school fairs through radio public service announcements, newspaper advertising, and postcards mailed to Imagine school students and their families.

“We know this situation creates uncertainty for the children and families, but our transition team is working to answer questions and provide options to the students as they move to new schools,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.

The transition team continues to respond to calls from families for more information about the school closings and the details of the school fairs. Families with questions can contact the Charter Transition Office directly.  The toll-free phone number is 866-791-4715, or they can send an email to:

Participants in the April 28 school fair included:

North Side Community School
KIPP: Inspire
Confluence Academies (Old North, Walnut Park, South City, Confluence Prep High and Grand Center Arts)
Preclarus Mastery Academy
South City Preparatory Academy
St. Louis Charter School
Construction Career Center High School
Better Learning Communities Academy
St. Louis Language Immersion School
JAMAA Learning Center
Most Holy Trinity School
DeLaSalle Middle School
Loyola Academy
Bishop Dubourg High School
Gateway Science Academy
Crossroads College Preparatory

VICC Representatives

St. Joan of Arc School

River Roads Lutheran School

70 St. Louis Public Schools