About Us

ScienceLabWhat is Lift For Life Academy?

In 2000, Lift For Life Academy became the first independent charter middle school to open in the City of St. Louis. Sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University, our Academy is centrally located at 1731 South Broadway, in the historic Soulard neighborhood.

The Academy, located in what was originally the Manfacturers Bank and Trust building, then later a Mercantile Bank, was established to provide an education to middle school students. It is now serving 575 students in grades 6-12. The classrooms for our sixth grade students are located across the street from our main building.

St. Louis city families choose Lift for Life Academy for their children as a creative and motivating alternative to public schools. Our first class of seniors graduated in 2012 and are now attending either college, technical schools or the military.

Students are motivated to come to LFLA – daily attendance averages 93 percent, as compared to 83 percent in St. Louis Public Schools.

Our LFLA High School students, when compared to other area public high schools, outperform all others in Algebra I, math and communication arts. Under Missouri’s new MSIP 5 (Missouri School Improvement Program) criteria for evaluating schools, Lift For Life Academy received 15 out of 16 points for student achievement in communication arts and 12 out of 16 points in mathematics. LFLA achieved “on target” growth in communication arts and “exceeding” growth in math. In 2012, LFLA achieved a 55 percent proficiency rate in Algebra I performance, which was only one point below the state average.

Our High School students also have the opportunity to obtain college course credit through St. Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program. The chance to earn college credit while still in high school is one more way LFLA works to help students get the advantage on their road to higher education.

Our dedicated faculty and creative approach to learning is what sets Lift For Life Academy apart. Whether the subject is fashion design, public speaking or exploring prime number theory, we pride ourselves in our ability to reach and motivate our students.

We want to welcome you and your family to our Lift For Life Academy family. Here, failure is not an option.