St. Louis City Schools

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy


  • Grades Served: 9 – 12
  • Blue Ribbon School (2004,2008)
  • 250 Students
  • Languages Offered: French, Spanish
  • School Day: 7:10am – 2:07pm
  • McKinley CLA provides a challenging educational experience for gifted and talented students that is accelerated and enriched beyond the normal mandated curriculum.
  • Admission requirements:
  • Excellent music and dance programs, and an award winning Jazz band
  • McKinley opened in 1904 as the first comprehensive public high school in south St. Louis, then closed in 1988 and operated as a magnet middle school in 1994. In 2007, it reopened as a high school for gifted and talented students
  • Extracurriculars: Chess Club, Debate, Mathematics Club, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Scoccer, Track and Field, Volleyball, Media Club, Robotics, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Art Club
  • Special Education: Provides 2 classes for autistic students
  • Advanced application is required and spots are allocated by lottery. For details including elligibility information, application requirements, lottery schedule and placement procedures, download the SLPS Magnet Guide
  • Offers 7 AP Classes



  • Highly Diverse Racially


This School SLPS Avg
100% 74.6% 1.5%
In 2016, earned 100% of possible APR/MSIP points
For more details, download the Raw Scores

Test Scores

This School SLPS Avg State Avg
85.2% 31.4% 55.8%
In 2016, 85.2% of students tested Proficient or Above
For more details, see MODESE's School Report Card

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Reviews (4)

  • Good HSParent 10/09/2017
    McKinley is consistently in the top 12 hush schools in MO it often gets over looked, but is worth checking out. We have been happy.My son in in 10th grade. My 7th grader is considering staying for HS too. Lots to do!
  • Needs an overhaulParent 01/15/2015
    Desperately needs new leadership!
  • Creative kids are thriving!Parent 07/30/2014
    The middle school was a struggle but great preparation. My student fought to stay at the high school and he is thriving. They will be needing more college placement support but that is my only complaint - an excellent school!
  • Great SchoolParent 07/29/2014
    Our children came here in middle school and we have now decided to stay for high school. We love they are learning and that they are thriving here. We had thought about private schools and we had even entertained the idea of moving to the county, but we absolutely can't imagine sending our kids elsewhere... More
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