“City Academy students begin their violin studies playing from memory. As they move towards the end of elementary school, they begin learning to read music notation.” – Laura Reycraft, Violin Instructor

Every student receives a scholarship.

City Academy was founded upon the belief that every child should have access to a quality education. Scholars receive tuition support through generous donations by both individual donors and foundations. Tuition is based on the family’s income and varies by family.

While most private independent schools depend upon tuition to fund nearly 80% of their annual operating budget, City Academy turns the traditional private school funding model upside down. All families pay tuition; however, tuition income generates only 20% of the school’s annual budget. As a result, City Academy must fund up to 80% of its annual operating costs, over $2 million annually, through community support from individuals, corporations, foundations and investment income from endowment.

We use a specialist model approach to teaching.

This model reflects an international approach to teaching, allowing our teachers to focus on instructing the one subject about which they are most knowledgeable. This means that our students receive instruction in every subject from teachers who are experts in their content area. View our curriculum by subject area to learn more.

We prepare students for rigorous secondary school academic programs.

Most of our graduates have matriculated into private, independent secondary schools in St. Louis including:

Chaminade College Preparatory School
Christian Brothers College High School
Crossroads College Preparatory School
The Fulton School at St. Albans
John Burroughs School
Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School
Missouri Military Academy
Saint Louis Priory School
Thomas Jefferson School
Villa Duchesne
Visitation Academy
Westminster Christian Academy
Whitfield School

We aim to provide families in underperforming school districts with an opportunity for exceptional education.

42% of our families live in St. Louis City
58% of our families live in St. Louis County and surrounding counties in MO and IL

Students attend from the following zip codes:


St. Charles County 63301, 63303
St. Clair County 62269
St. Peters 63376

St. Louis County

Affton 63123
Berkeley 63134
Concord 63128
Creve Coeur 63146
Ferguson 63135
Florissant 63031, 63033, 63034
Jennings 63136
Normandy 63121
Olivette 63132
Overland 63114
Richmond Heights 63117
Spanish Lake 63138
St. Ann 63074
Riverview/Bellefontaine Neighbors 63137
University City
Webster Groves 63119

St. Louis City

Benton Park 63118
Bevo Mill/Tower Grove South 63116
Carondelet 63111
Central West End 63108
Clifton Heights 63139
College Hill 63107
Downtown 63103
Forest Park Southeast 63110
Jeff Vander Lou 63106
McKinley Heights 63104
North Riverfront 63147
Penrose 63115
Skinker DeBaliviere 63112
The Ville 63113


Alton 62002
O’Fallon 62207

Inspired to invest in our students’ success? Donate to our scholarship fund.

Interested in a City Academy education for your child? Submit an application.

We would love to make you a member of the City Academy family.