LPA Grows and Grows!

Lafayette Preparatory Academy is expanding! To be a part of this exciting growth, contribute here:

Read below for more information!

Lafayette Preparatory Academy strives to provide a wonderful education in a close-knit community that shares the values of our families and is reflective of the city we love. Children of all backgrounds grow and learn together, strengthening our community bonds.

In 2015-2016, LPA partnered with architect and developer Brent Crittenden and his team at Urban Improvement Construction (UIC) to build an addition to our current building.

We started with this:


In 2016, we moved into our permanent and newly renovated home in Lafayette Square, thanks to the support of our partners: Urban Improvement Construction (UIC), Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF), Midwest Regional Bank, and hundreds of individual donors who supported our technology infrastructure and other finishing touches.


Now, in our 6th year (2018-2019), Lafayette Preparatory Academy is fulfilling one of its founding goals by expanding to support a new middle school. We are building a 10,000 sq. ft. two-story classroom building and an 8,000 sq. Ft. gymnasium/auditorium, but the work has only begun and there is much more to do.

As the contractors develop the physical building, we are seeking partners and donors to provide the many needed bells and whistles.

Specifically, we are looking for donors and partners to sponsor the technology needed in our new addition: Promethean Boards, Chromebooks, security cameras and an intercom system. We are also looking to expand materials available for the maker spaces. In addition to technology, we are looking for partners to outfit our gymnasium and auditorium spaces. For the gymnasium/auditorium, we are looking for support with an electronic scoreboard, bleachers, gym curtain, gym wall pads, basketball hoops, a sound system and a mobile performance stage.

If you are interested in partnering with LPA to donate toward or provide any of these items, please contact Susan Marino @ (314) 880-4458, susan.marino@lafayetteprep.org

The work of building our 18,000 sq. ft. expansion began this summer. While the students were on break, the supports for building up from our existing one-story were put in place. The underground infrastructure was laid for the two-story addition as well. Now that the behind-the-walls and underground work is complete, we will begin to build up! Over the next few months, expect to see our school expansion become more visible.

We expect the classroom addition to be complete mid-July 2019 and the gymnasium to be complete in September 2019. The classroom expansion will provide eight new classrooms, two maker spaces, offices and an open-air courtyard. We’re also fulfilling other goals with this construction project. The gymnasium space will provide ample space for sporting events, social events, and community events. We will also reconfigure certain elements of our current space to add a second art space, a dedicated music space, and reclaim our library/media center.

Thank you to Urban Improvement Construction (UIC), Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF), Providence Bank, Capital One, and the St. Louis Development Corporation for financing the addition,