About us

We welcome you to Académie Lafayette, where learning and language go hand-in-hand. At this public charter school, more than 1,100 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.

Letter from Head of School

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.

Our Story

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 Campus


Oak Street Campus


Armour Campus

Who We Are

Our Vision, Mission, and Values reveal who we are and where we’re going. See how our core beliefs stack up.


From academic performance to athletic dominance, AL boasts a highly decorated student body and staff.

What We’ve Been Up To

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Test Scores

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.

Foreign Language Immersion

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.

International Baccalaureate MYP

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.



Our two-campus system allows for dedicated administrative staff for different grade levels and needs. View a list of our staff members.


Our charter school sponsor is Central Missouri University. Find out how governance works at a public charter school.

Board of Directors

Académie Lafayette is governed by an independent Board of Directors that oversees the operations of the school. Get to know our Directors here.

Strategic Plan

The school’s strategic plan provides a roadmap of goals and action items to ensure Académie Lafayette continues on its course of excellence.

Conseil d’Ecole

School leaders meet regularly with parent and faculty representatives to get feedback, share decision-making, and build community.


Académie Lafayette is looking for stellar staff members.

AL By the Numbers

Students currently attending Académie Lafayette
Countries of origin for teachers (North America, Europe, Africa, & Asia)
Overall attendance rate for AL students, 2019
Académie Lafayette was Missouri’s first charter school, established in 1999
Kansas City zip codes from which our students come
Eighth graders who scored Advanced or Proficient on end-of-course exams
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