About Us

What is Lift For Life Academy?

In 2000, Lift For Life Academy (LFLA) 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 580 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 graduating and beginning to work or further pursuing their education. LFLA maintains a graduation rate of 94+%. This May, 73 of 74 seniors graduated. More than four out of five of these graduates were accepted into college, technical school and/or the military, earning over $1.5 million in scholarships!

Students are motivated to come to LFLA – daily attendance averages 92%.

Our high school students also have the opportunity to obtain college course credit through Southeast Missouri State University and 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. Over 33% of graduating seniors have already earned college credits in History, English and/or Math.

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 through compassionate leadership embedded in innovative programming.

We want to welcome you and your family to the Lift For Life Academy family. Here, we accept that failure is not an option. We are dedicated to educating, empowering and uplifting the next generation of St. Louis citizens.

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