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Highlighting Charter School Success

Charter schools in Kansas City and St. Louis have earned recognition from both regional and national publications, as 36 programs are currently in operation within 74 buildings throughout the two metro areas.     

In 2016, the Missouri Legislature revised the state charter school laws and created high-quality charter schools. High-quality charter schools are provided expedited opportunities to replicate and expand In addition, these schools are eligible for a renewal of their charter with a term up to 10 years. There are six charter LEAs that have earned the distinction of high-quality. The statutory requirements for this designation are as follows:

  • Receives 85% or greater on the annual performance report (APR) for three out of the last four school years
  • Maintains a graduation rate of at least 80% for three of the last four school years, if the charter school provides a high school program
  • Is in material compliance with its legally binding performance contract and sections 160.400 to 160.425 and section 167.349 RSMo
  • Is organizationally and fiscally viable as described in statute

Results and recognition of the six high-quality charter schools in Missouri:

 ​Academie Lafayette

City Garden Montessori

Ewing Marion Kauffman

North Side Community College

Scuola Vita Nuova

University Academy