Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis' North Side Charter School to Expand with a Middle School

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis' North Side Charter School to Expand with a Middle School

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ST. LOUIS - North Side Community School, one of the city's highest-performing charter schools, will expand to a middle school that will launch in the fall.

North Side currently enrolls students in preschool through fifth grade and operates in the Kingsway East neighborhood. The new middle school will take over space at the Third Baptist Church that housed Preclarus Mastery Academy in Grand Center. Preclarus, which had struggled with low performance, closed last month.

North Side Principal Stella Erondu said parents had been asking her to expand to middle school grades. Parents and school leaders say they see a need for more quality public middle schools for students who finish fifth grade at North Side.

"We have just been concerned that there were not enough options for them," North Side Executive Director John Grote said. …

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