ST. LOUIS ( – A new charter school will open in St. Louis’ Dutchtown neighborhood next fall.

Kairos Academies plans to bring their Summit Learning Program model to the neighborhood in Fall 2019.

“This is the cutting edge in Missouri,” said Dr. John Wright, a member of the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which voted last night to sponsor the new charter public school. “Children need high performing schools with dedicated teachers and the innovative use of technology that create a classroom experience unique to them. Kairos will meet students where they are and prepare them for college and career. But, what sets this innovative school apart is the students will also learn how to teach themselves and develop a love for learning. A great education and the skills to be a life-long learners will serve them well beyond high school.”

Kairos will focus on personalized learning based on a student’s ability and interest.

“For example, there might be a student in the sixth grade who reads at a fifth grade level but does math at a seventh grade level. That will be her starting point. Our students will also have the chance to put their problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills to use in intense team projects. For instance, they might make a movie about how the combustion engine works, if that’s what interests them,” Gavis Schieffres, one of the founders of Kairos, said.

Kairos will be free and open to students who live in within the City of St. Louis. Students who live in the Dutchtown area will receive priority enrollment.

The founders of Kairos, Schieffres and Jack Krewson, submitted a 682-page application to the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which they recently unanimously voted to sponsor. The final step in the approval process is consideration of the application by the Missouri State Board of Education.

Parents with a child who will be entering 6th grade in Fall 2019 are encouraged to click here for more information.

Click here for more information regarding the Missouri Charter Public School Commission.

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