National Volunteer Week 2018

Why City Academy is Important To Me by Megan Chaney Walker and Daphne (4th grade student)

We’re celebrating our volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018)! One long-time volunteer, Megan Chaney Walker, has been volunteering as a mentor for many years. She also serves on our Marketing Committee and is a regular attendee at Buddy Morning.

Each week, Megan mentors and tutors 4th grade student, Daphne. Megan has been tutoring Daphne since Daphne was in our Early Childhood program!

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What’s New In Early Childhood Education: Writer’s Workshop

Writer’s Workshop Implemented in All Classrooms

This school year, all City Academy students are participating in Writer’s Workshop. This is an industry standard that emphasizes the styles and ideas of writing. Writer’s Workshop was championed by teachers as a way to promote the importance of writing. Writer’s Workshop also helps students develop their reading skills.

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City Academy Trivia Night Raises Record Funds For Scholarship Program!

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Over 500 people attended City Academy’s sixth annual Trivia Night on March 3, 2018, to test their smarts and prove their knowledge! This event was held at a new location, John Burroughs School, to accommodate the growth in attendance.

All proceeds from the event go directly to our Scholarship Program, providing scholarships to 100% of our students. By the end of the night, over $64,000 was raised for our young scholars, which will provide six scholarships to our students.

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Alumni Award Recipient Najee’ Walker

Hello, I’m Najee Walker. I am a City Academy alumna from the class of 2012 and I am grateful to have the opportunity to receive the Alumni Award from Wells Fargo Advisors, as well as flattered that City Academy nominated me.

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Transforming Lives: The Thomas Family

For several families in St. Louis, quality and affordable educational opportunities are out of reach. Like all parents, Tamara and Demetrius want the best for their children. After being disappointed in their neighborhood’s school district, they were thrilled to find an innovative school near their home.

At City Academy, the Thomas family has found a supportive community for their three children: Zuri ’12 (MICDS ’18), Zion ’13 (MICDS ’19), and Zain ’22. 

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A Kid For Character

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – R.J. Palacio, Wonder

Every day, our students start the day by saying our school pledge and singing “A Kid For Character.” This semester, our first grade class created a music video to learn more about the words in the song.

While singing “A Kid For Character” with her class, our first grade teacher, Ms. Jessie Bean, realized that most of the words in the song were very abstract and did not have much meaning for her students. What better way to teach her students the meaning of responsibility, character, fairness, truth, respect, care, and citizen than by creating a music video?

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Groundbreaking Ceremony | September 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

On September 27, 2017, City Academy officially broke ground on the school’s new Early Childhood Center and publicly launched the Campaign for City Academy.

By 2020, City Academy will grow the school’s student population from 185 scholars to 250 students. In order to do so, the Campaign for City Academy will include the addition of an Early Childhood Center, serving children age three through second grade. The school will also renovate the current facility.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony | Alumna Speech

Khadijah Fortenberry ’06
Whitfield School ’12, University of Mississippi ’16

I came to City Academy in 2005, a year after the school moved from Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club and into its new home across the street. I remember how excited the community was for the new edition. Each time my mother and I would drive pass the school, I bugged her about wanting to attend this new vibrant place that lit up Kingshighway Boulevard. I became so captivated by the idea that I often declared, “I am going to go to City Academy!” Finally, my persistence paid off, and here we are 12 years later.

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Citizen Scientists

Early Childhood Students Release Tagged Monarch Butterflies

Students are learning what it means to be “Citizen Scientists” in our Early Childhood STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classroom. Citizen Scientists assist professional scientists by engaging, exploring, and observing the world around them. For our early childhood scholars, they are assisting as Citizen Scientists by helping monarch butterflies!

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Relationship Culture

Schools with a Relationship Culture say, “You are always my student. You can graduate from my school, but I stay with you. I stay with your family. I will judge my success not by your eighth-grade degree, but by your college degree.”

I see similar commitment at City Academy, where school runs through sixth grade but relationships never end. Nikki Doughty, the school’s Chief Operating Officer, can tell you the journey of just about every graduate. Many come back and work for her summers and school holidays.

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