“I’m grateful to City Academy and for all of the other parents whom I’ve had the pleasure of adding to my extended family as we truly were ‘all in this together,’ because when one of our children had success, we all cheered!” – Benita Robinson, City Academy parent


City Academy partners with families to provide children with the knowledge, skills and character needed to succeed in top quality secondary schools, colleges and the competitive world beyond. These parent resources are meant to guide your City Academy experience, and parents are encouraged to continually communicate with teachers and staff.


The City Academy school day, Monday through Friday, is 7:55 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students are expected to arrive before 7:55 a.m. and must be signed in and out as they enter and exit school.

  • Students may arrive at school as early as 7:00 a.m.
  • Extended Day begins at 3:30 p.m. After Care activities end at 5:30 p.m. each day; however, students may be picked up as late as 6:00 p.m.
  • Parents/guardians will be charged $20 every 15 minutes if a student is not picked up by 6 p.m. These fees, which begin being assessed at 6:01 p.m. (according to the clock in the Administrative Office), may be used to cover overtime expenses incurred as a result of the late pick-up.


Once a month, all classrooms celebrate birthdays. On this designated day, all students in the class hold a celebration during their lunchtime. Parents of the birthday students supply the lunch and a special treat to celebrate their child’s birthday with his/her classmates. Children having summer birthdays may celebrate their half-year birthdayTo limit interruptions to the school day and to minimize parental financial burdens, individual birthday parties and passing out of treats are not allowed during the school day.

Dress Code

Students must come to school well groomed and prepared to exercise their minds and bodies. Therefore, clothing must be comfortable, yet neat in appearance. We encourage families to order school attire through French Toast at www.frenchtoast.com and enter code QS5NJIC for City Academy’s dress code.

City Academy’s dress code, outlined below, is clear and unambiguous. Any student inappropriately dressed will be sent to the front office and will remain until appropriate attire is received.

Shirts: Polo style or collared shirt in white, light blue, navy blue, red or yellow or City Academy logo in preferred colors available via French Toast

Slacks/Walking Shorts: navy blue or khaki

Jumper/Skirt: navy blue or khaki, knee length to two fingers above knee

Socks/Tights: solid color white, navy blue, gray or light blue (Socks must come above the ankle.)

Belts: solid color navy blue, brown, or black with no ornamental designs, names, logos, etc.

Shoes: Tennis shoes (no sparkles) must be worn on a daily basis. Boot-style or heeled tennis shoes are not acceptable. If dress shoes are worn, tennis shoes must also be brought to school. If boots are worn to school, students must change into tennis shoes prior to first period.

Sweater: V-neck or pull-over sweater – solid navy blue, grey or white or with City Academy logo in preferred colors available via French Toast

Sweatshirt: City Academy logo print hoodless sweatshirt available via French Toast

Outerwear: Heavy coats, hoodies or other garments designed for outerwear should not be worn in the classroom during school hours. A uniform sweater or sweatshirt may be worn on cooler days.

Jewelry: Girls may wear stud-size earrings only. Boys may not wear any jewelry.  Body piercings are not acceptable.

Students may not wear letters or designs in hair, tattoos or body art, or painted nails. All clothing items should be labeled with the child’s name and grade.


City Academy is committed to creating a nurturing environment and safe haven where all students feel comfortable and can focus on learning. Our school strives to cultivate positive values in its students, including honesty, self-discipline, self-respect, respect of others, trustworthiness, fairness, and personal responsibility. Our motto is City Academy C.A.R.E.S! (C=Cooperation, A=Assertion, R=Responsibility, E=Empathy, S=Self-Control).

Classroom Approaches & Strategies

  • PROACTIVE STRATEGIES – Recognizing positive behaviors and addressing negative behaviors
    •    Reinforcing – Noticing and encouraging
    •    Reminding – Helping to remember expectations
    •    Redirecting – Focusing on rules and expectations
  • LOGICAL CONSEQUENCES – Natural response to inappropriate behaviors
    •    Reparation
    •    Loss of a privilege
    •    Timeout
  • TIMEOUT – Reflecting on behavior and regaining self-control
    •    Minor disturbance or offense
    •    Time out from activity

Monday Folder

A Monday Folder is sent to parents each week via email. This email will contain forms and information that should be read by parents at the beginning of the weekend. If weekly emails are not received from City Academy, please call (314) 382-0085 or email info@cityacademyschool.org to verify the email address.


Teachers assign homework that is meaningful to the child, relevant to the curriculum and of a reasonable amount. Homework varies from grade to grade and from teacher to teacher. Following is the approximate amount of time that should be allotted for homework each week.

  • Junior Kindergarten – Grade 1 → 100 minutes (weekly), 20 minutes (daily)
  • Grade 2 → 300 minutes (weekly), 60 minutes (daily)
  • Grades 3 – 4 → 455 minutes (weekly), 90 minutes (daily)
  • Grades 5 – 6 → 625 minutes (weekly), 120 minutes (daily)

Included in the regularly assigned homework, all students are expected to read or be read to for 20-30 minutes per night. In order to ensure that City Academy students develop and maintain strong study habits, students entering the fifth and sixth grades are required to attend Homework Club (Monday – Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m.) at least three days per week.

Parent Education Seminars

Parent Education Seminars are mandatory for all parents new to City Academy. The classes are designed to address the interests of our City Academy parent community. Parents share knowledge that is intended to help them raise children to become healthy, proud, and capable people, focusing on effective family communication, healthy cultural identity, family values, child growth and development, positive self esteem and educational progress.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Held two times a year, parent teacher conferences are a time for teachers to share their observations and impressions of a student’s progress. Parents are expected to attend all conferences (including the intake conference). If an emergency arises, it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the teacher to reschedule the conference for a time and date convenient for the teacher. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the Family Contract.


Parking is available on the north and west sides of the school building (accessible from Penrose Avenue). On the street, parking is not allowed on the north side of Penrose Avenue, nor on the south side of Penrose from the corner of Kingshighway Boulevard to the exit from the parking lot.

Positive Behavior Traits/Discipline

City Academy strives to cultivate in its students positive values, including honesty, self-discipline, self-respect, respect of others, trustworthiness, fairness, and personal responsibility. Our Responsive Classroom motto is City Academy C.A.R.E.S! (C=Cooperation, A= Assertion, R=Responsibility, E= Empathy, S=Self-Control.) Students who are capable, but repeatedly are unwilling to demonstrate academic, social, and emotional behaviors necessary to meet the demands of a challenging and rigorous program will be placed on probation. Students on probation may forfeit their enrollment or re-enrollment if significant improvement is not made within a reasonable amount of time.

Possible infractions include, but are not limited to:

  • failing to turn in homework
  • turning in assignments late
  • not prepared for class
  • not completing assignments to the best of one’s ability
  • not participating productively in class activities and lessons
  • not demonstrating the C.A.R.E.S. behaviors

Report Cards

Report cards are completed two times a year (last day of each semester) and provide a detailed assessment of a child’s social and academic development. Teachers provide both quantitative and narrative comments. Report cards become part of the student’s permanent record.

School Closing

If City Academy elects to cancel school, parents will receive a school text and/or phone message from School Reach and an announcement of the closing will also be made on local radio and television stations. If City Academy elects to dismiss early, the Administrative Office will notify the emergency contact identified for each student via text and voice mail.


City Academy’s philosophy of education emphasizes that technology is a tool for teaching and learning. A long-term goal is to ensure that students have mastered the technological skills necessary for continued academic success at competitive secondary schools.

Students in grades 4-6 are entrusted with a school iPad to enhance academic learning. City Academy retains sole right of possession of the iPad and related equipment. The classroom teacher, school administrator or IT representative retains the right to collect and/or inspect the iPad at anytime and to alter, add or delete installed software or hardware. Usage is a privilege and not a right. Students receive the iPad for use after the parents sign the Acceptable Use Policy for iPad.