We welcome you to Académie Lafayette, where learning and language go hand-in-hand. At this public charter school, more than 900 children in grades K–8 enjoy the gift of a second language, the joy of diverse friendships, and the reward of an excellent education from one of the region’s top-ranked schools. Here at Académie Lafayette, our focus is on helping each student become a critical thinker, engaged learner, and global citizen.
BONJOUR students, families, and community members. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Académie Lafayette, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school. Our relentless focus is to provide a world-class education for our students in order to better prepare them to be change agents and global leaders.
Take a look at the story of Académie Lafayette: when we started, how we’ve grown, and where we’re going. As the first charter public school in Missouri, our history is long and storied, and we’re far from finished. From the school’s official inauguration in 1999 to now, we’ve never stopped learning, growing, and striving to be and do the best we can for our students and their families.
Cherry Street Campus (K–3)
Oak Street Campus (4–8)
Académie Lafayette’s student performance is measured using the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), a test administered statewide to all public school students in grades 3 and above. In 2015, AL’s test scores exceeded those for the State of Missouri by 21.8 percentage points in English language arts and 23.8 percentage points in math. In fact, in 2015, Académie Lafayette ranked higher than 94.5% of all public elementary schools and 96.5% of middle schools in Missouri.
The success of Académie Lafayette students is even more significant when one considers they are taught each subject matter in French but are tested using the English MAP test. Not only are students receiving a stellar education using a unique curriculum, they are receiving the gift of a second language while they learn.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) was recently added to Académie Lafayette’s robust academic offerings. IBMYP serves students ages 11–16, focusing on eight core disciplines.
Académie Lafayette is governed by an independent Board of Directors that oversees the operations of the school. Get to know our Directors here.
The school’s strategic plan provides a roadmap of goals and action items to ensure Académie Lafayette continues on its course of excellence.