For years, a common perception has been that getting a good education isn’t possible in the City of St. Louis. Young couples buy a home in the city with a vision for the future, and within a few years, they start having children and start focusing on the move that will bring them into a good school district so that their beloved children don’t end up looking like the above.
There has always been the parochial school exception, if you’re willing to pay.
That’s about as much as most people know when they weigh in about St. Louis City. There’s just an understanding, it seems.
For some folks that are more “in the know” there’s the City Schools gifted programs. Interestingly, out of all the negative hype we hear about city schools, the fact that 2 of the top 10 secondary schools in the State of Missouri are SLPS schools didn’t seem to make a dent in the cynical majority. This information has been available for months, yet most are unaware, and still shocked to hear it.
Also in the news is the success of many of the charter schools. Both City government and local residents have been highly supportive of the movement to improve local schools, and Charter schools have been the vehicle by which local government and residents can participate. We always ask parents for feedback when we hear their child attends a city school, and seem to hear the truth. These are the same parents that provide feedback on stlcityschools.org; a site specifically designed to help parents understand the many options and how they rank in the eyes of current parents.
So the moral of the story, if you or someone you know is spreading false information about the ability to get a great education in the City of St. Louis, take the time to do your homework.