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.
What is the cost of tuition?
North Side is a public school open to any age-appropriate resident of the City of St. Louis in Missouri. 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 packets at any time.
How does a family enroll a student in North Side?
Click here or you can stop by the school office on any of our three campuses to pick up an enrollment packet. There are several supporting documents that must be submitted with your enrollment packet for it to be complete. Examples are immunization records, proof of residency, and prior school records, if applicable.
Is there an after-school program?
Extended Day Enrichment
North Side is an extended-day school. This means that our students in 2nd through 8th grade stay an extra hour in the afternoon on Monday-Wednesday. Extended day programs rotate by trimester and vary by class and grade level with some opportunities more broadly accessible. Enrichment programming includes robotics, chess, soccer, basketball, songwriting, video production, and more.
After School Care
Pre-K (must be at least 5 years old)-1st grade
For students age 5 through 1st grade, we offer our own aftercare program on the main campus. Two staffers provide set periods for supervised homework, snack, structured learning activities, and active play. The program ends at 6 p.m. Older children are allowed to attend after the extended day enrichment ends. There is a small cost for enrollment in this program which does fill.
Are teachers at a charter school required to have the same credentials as other public school teachers in the City of St. Louis and all of Missouri?
In Missouri, charter schools are required to have 80% of teachers certified.
How does North Side handle Special Ed needs?
North Side formally assesses each student when they enroll. If we determine that there are special needs, a student is referred to our Special Education team who, in conjunction with the child's classroom teacher, works out a schedule for individual and small group instruction apart from the core classroom lessons.
When necessary, our special educators, the grade-level classroom teacher and principal, and our Executive Director work together to do a formal psychological evaluation of the student. This process can result in the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to better meet the academic needs of the child.