frequently asked questions

What is a charter public school?

Charter schools are independently operated public schools. There is no charge to parents because funding comes from state and local taxes. Charter schools must meet the same academic requirements as traditional public schools but are also directly accountable to parents.

Separating Fact from Fiction:

Charter Schools are Public Schools
MYTH: Charter schools are not public schools.
FACT: As defined in federal and state law, charter schools are public schools. They must meet the same academic standards that all public schools are required to meet:
1) tuition-free and open to all students
2) non-sectarian, and do not discriminate on any basis
3) publicly funded by local, state, and federal tax dollars based on enrollment, like other public schools; and
4) held accountable to state and federal academic standards

Charters Serve All Students
MYTH: Charter schools skim or cherry-pick the best students from traditional public schools.
FACT: Public charter schools are generally required to take all students who want to attend.
If there are more interested students than available seats, the schools are generally required to hold lotteries, which randomly determine which students will be enrolled.
Unlike magnet schools overseen by school districts, public charter schools cannot selectively admit students. According to federal law, they must accept all students, including students with disabilities and English Learners (ELs), regardless of previous academic performance.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education revised its long-standing policy requiring charter schools to use a “blind” lottery when they are oversubscribed. Where it is permitted by state law, charters can now use “weighted” lotteries to preference “educationally disadvantaged” students. This change will likely result in charter schools serving an even greater share of disadvantaged children than they already do. 

What is the cost of tuition?

North Side is a public school in the State of Missouri open to any age appropriate resident of the City of St. Louis. There is no charge to attend the School for residents of the City of St. Louis.

When does enrollment occur?

North Side accepts enrollment application at any time.

How does a family enroll a student in North Side?

Families interested in enrolling their child can click here or you can stop by the school office to pick up an enrollment form. There are several requirements that must be completed before an application is accepted. Examples are immunization records, proof of City residency, and prior school records, if applicable.

 Is there an After-School Program?

North Side is an extended day school.  Meaning, our students in 2nd through 5th grade are in school until 4:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 3:30 p.m. on Friday.  There are also special programs for Dance, Art, Music, Cheerleading, Basketball, Robotics and Student Council.  North Side has an on-site After-School program for students in Pre-K through 1st grade, which is facilitated by a Stray Dog Theatre.  In this program, there are set periods for supervised homework, snack and active play. The program ends at 6:00PM. 

Is the faculty of a charter school required to have the same credentials as other public school teachers throughout the City of St. Louis and State of Missouri?

Yes. In the State of Missouri charter schools are required to have 80% of its teachers certified.

How does North Side handle Special Ed students?

North Side formally assesses every student when they enroll. If we determine that there are weaknesses that need to be addressed, a student is referred to our Resource teacher who, in conjunction with the child's classroom teacher, works out a schedule for both individual and small group instruction. When necessary, our Resource Resource teacher, the home room teacher, our principal, and our Executive Director work together to begin the formal psychological evaluation of the student. This process could ultimately result in the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to meet the academic needs of the child.