general information

Below are the general items discussed in the NSCS handbook. Click on the links below to jump to a specific section. Or download the entire handbook here.


NSCS is owned and operated by a non-profit corporation that has all legal authority and responsibility for the school. The corporation has a Board of Directors that governs the school. The board hires the Executive Director as the chief administrative and operational officer of the school. The Executive Director hires all additional staff members. The Principal is the chief academic officer of the school, responsible for school operations, leadership of the teaching staff, curriculum and instruction, and relationships with parents and families.


North Side Community School (NSCS) admits students in the City of St. Louis regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, English language proficiency, gender, or income. As a neighborhood charter school, we serve students from our specific neighborhood. Preference in admission is given to children with siblings enrolled at NSCS and to children of employees who live in the City of St. Louis.  Places remaining after enrollment from our neighborhood will be open to students from across the City. Admission is on a first come basis and by lottery.


All academic programs meet the standards set by the State of Missouri and by the United States No Child Left Behind Law. Students must take the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test, which is aligned with state standards and our curriculum. All teachers at NSCS are certified.