Educational Philosophy


The story of now…

LPA is in its 6th year of serving students in the city of St. Louis! After working from two temporary locations in our first three years, we moved to our permanent home in Lafayette Square at 1900 Lafayette in 2016. In the 2018-2019 school year, LPA is now serving over 300 students in  grades Kindergarten through seventh grade. With fourteen homeroom teachers and nine support staff teachers, including three full-time Special Education staff members, our students experience a teacher to student ratio of approximately thirteen to one.

LPA upholds the inquiry-based learning model as fundamental for enriching student perspective and increasing student exploration of the world around them. Teachers use a balanced-literacy approach with over 90 minutes of direct literacy instruction daily. Students learn how to engage with mathematical theories and practice through the highly rigorous program, Singapore Math. Science and Social Studies are project-oriented, community-based explorations designed to encourage creativity and inquisition. In addition to a complex approach to each of the core subjects, LPA students also enjoy physical education, technology, art, and music; attending each class one to four times weekly.

While academic success is essential to reach the vision of LPA, a critical component of its philosophy is in the support and structure we provide students. LPA uses a style adapted from Responsive Classroom to ensure each child’s needs are met. Students have the opportunity to form close-knit bonds with classmates through Community Circle (morning meeting), character education, and student leadership development.