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

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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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Extended Day: Families Benefit from After School Programs

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Academics do not just occur during the school day at City Academy. All 185 students participate in after school activities such as theater, mentorship programs, and robotics club. Our Extended Day programs afford students the opportunity to continue learning after the school day.

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Alumni Award Recipient Najee’ Walker

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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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Donating Your Holiday

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NO GIFTS FOR ME!

With the holidays approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about how blessed I am. And how I really don’t need a thing. (Especially since I have a December birthday, so I’ve just received gifts.)

So I’ve decided to “donate my holiday” to City Academy.

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Transforming Lives: The Thomas Family

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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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I Will Rise Up

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2017 Graduation Speech by Camille Smith ’17 (John Burroughs ’23)

Good evening, my name is Camille Smith.

Everyone has at least one super power, one power that is stronger than the rest. This is the power to “rise up”. By rise up I mean to become a better and a more powerful you than the day before. Throughout my 8 years as a City Academy scholar, I have been encouraged to use this power to discover my true self. Though it took some time to discover all the mysteries that lie within me, my journey has been nothing less than pleasurable. Through the years, I’ve discovered my self-worth and my purpose.

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