Every student receives a scholarship.

City Academy was founded upon the belief that every child should have access to 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 $2.5 million annually, through community support from individuals, corporations, foundations and investment income from endowment.

We use a specialist model approach to teaching, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1.

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
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.

46% of our families live in St. Louis City
54% of our families live in St. Louis County and surrounding counties in MO and IL

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The extras aren’t extra.

Tuition at City Academy includes breakfast, lunch, and snack. It also includes our Early and Extended Day program which allows parents/guardians to drop off their student as early as 7:00 a.m. and pick them up as late 6:00 p.m.