Local charter school earning accolades for students' success - KMOV.com

Local charter school earning accolades for students' success

Posted: Updated:

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A St. Louis charter school is earning accolades for the number of students it's sending to high school.

But it doesn't end there.

More than 84 percent of those students who go to high school end up going to college.

Most students at La Salle Middle School are from north St. Louis city. 96 percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunch.

But school officials say they work to make sure there are no barriers to the students' success.

That's because college begins in the 5th grade. From day one students make numerous college visits, take test prep courses and tutoring.

"Many of our students come to us facing the most barriers toward success. We also recognize that but we don't allow that to be a hindrance for them achieving their goal,” said Lashonda Boon, head of La Salle Middle School’s. “We level the playing field by enduring that we provide them a quality education."

After they graduate 8th grade, students have access to the school’s "graduate support program.”

Students continue to get assistance like help with college applications and ACT prep classes.

Aaron Cannon, now a sophomore at St. Louis Community College, says the middle school kept him on a straight path.

"When I was in high school they helped me pay for ACT classes, they helped me pay for my college that I'm going to attend in two years, they've always been there to care for me and nurture me as a child," he said.

There are currently 122 students at La Salle, and and the school continues to support about 240 alumni in high school and college.

Powered by Frankly