100 Percent Again!
North Side received a perfect rating from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education three of the last four years on our Annual Performance Report. It is important to note that not a single other charter school in St. Louis received a perfect score for even one year during the same time-frame of 2014-17. We will continue to strive for excellence in all of our operations.
2016-2017 MAP Results
North Side students improved again! Our English Language Arts proficiency on the MAP test is at the 83rd percentile. Math is at the 65th percentile. This shows that 82 percent of test-takers didn't score as well as our students in English and 64 percent of test-takers didn't score as well as North Side students in Math.
The year prior, North Side achieved 73% proficiency in English Language Arts and 59% proficiency in Math. North Side students continue to far out-perform St. Louis Public Schools students and the vast majority of area charter school students. Our students, teachers, staff, and families can be proud of the learning happening here.
Since North Side opened in 2009, we have focused on cultivating strong academic skills and behaviors within our students with a goal of preparing them to be successful throughout their educational years. Our MAP results are proof that our students are succeeding at North Side. Of course, this is not the only tool we use to measure a student's learning. We always look at a variety of indicators to improve students' educational experiences here.
North Side is proud to have received prestigious awards and recognition for our work to close the education gap and provide quality education to children living in challenging circumstances in St. Louis City.
"What's Right with the Region" Honoree: The regional leadership nonprofit FOCUS St. Louis awarded North Side Community School for our work improving racial equality and social justice in the region in 2017.
CEAM Champion of Education: We were recognized by the Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) in 2016 as one of two schools in the state that have closed the achievement gap for low-income students.
Missouri Charter School of the Year: This recognition was bestowed in 2016 by the Missouri Public Charter School Association.
Cultural Leadership Award: Our school was honored in 2017 for providing Transformational Leadership
Public Charter School Students are Excelling Academically
MYTH: Public charter school students do no better than traditional public school students.
FACT: Between 2010 and 2013, 15 of 16 independent studies found that students attending public charter schools do better academically than their traditional public school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low-income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college, and have higher earnings in early adulthood.