As the only private, independent school in north St. Louis city, we are committed to providing exceptional education that transforms the community. One of the best examples we have of our community impact is our alumni. For many students, once they graduate from elementary school, they no longer have much contact with the school or with their teachers. However, for City Academy alumni, these graduates not only keep in touch with the school and the faculty, they are provided with academic assistance, programs, and internships at City Academy.

This summer, twenty alumni returned to City Academy to teach, intern, and volunteer during our Summer at City program. One of these interns, Marshall Strawbridge ’11 (The Fulton School ’17), remains dedicated to the school and giving back to the north St. Louis community. As a senior in high school, Marshall is planning for the future and has ambitious goals.

“Because of City Academy’s focus on STEAM, I was able to participate in a robotics program at a young age. My City Academy science teacher, Mr. Taylor, has inspired me to major in computer engineering once I enter college,” explains Marshall. “The robotics club helped spark my interest in engineering and helped me to find something I was good at even at a young age. However, I want to do more than just computer engineering. I live in north St. Louis and want to give back to my community. When I look around my neighborhood, I see so much beautiful architecture deteriorating. I hope to go into real estate development to assist with urban renewal in this area. I also hope to remain in north St. Louis and be an alderman one day. Plus, I want to continue volunteering and giving back to City Academy. They gave me so much, and it’s so cool seeing the school continue to grow.”

Even with so many dreams, we know Marshall will more than succeed at accomplishing each and every one of his goals. Marshall and all of our graduates and students to continue providing high quality education. Because of these students, transformation is occurring in our community.

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    Monte Faulkner on July 29, 2016

    Awesome testimony Marshall, let me know if you need anything to pursue your aspirations!!!

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