Charter schools were started to offer parents more high-performing public school options. State laws impact how charter schools are sponsored and funded, but all charter schools are, by design, public and meant to serve the public equally. Académie Lafayette’s charter is sponsored by the University of Central Missouri, who holds us accountable for student achievement and fiscal responsibility. AL has been recognized at the state and national level for very strong academic achievement, and our students’ standardized test scores bear this out.
Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Read more about the function of charter schools.
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.
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 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.