St. Louis City Schools

The Biome

PUBLIC Charter

  • Grades Served: KG – 3 (Adding 4 next year)
  • Operated By: The Youth Learning Center (YLC)
  • 140 Students
  • Average Class Size: 20
  • Theme: STEAM, Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • School Day: 8am – 3pm
  • Extended Care: 6:30am – 6am
  • Opened in 2015
  • Uniform Required
  • Will grow by one grade each year, eventually operating as a K-5 school by the 2019-2020 school year.
  • "We create builders of the future by focusing on the core components of educational success. Our students, who we call learners, engage in a Rigorous, Experiential, and Holistic education."
  • See their Missouri Charter School Application:
  • "Each school day, learners spend more than fifty percent of their time in reading, writing, and mathematics. This foundational learning is extended through The Biome's Big Question STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), which are aligned to Missouri Learning Standards."
  • "The Biome is a school without walls. We create micro schools that utilize existing community assets, like the Saint Louis Zoo, to support authentic educational experiences for all of our learners. Through our micro schools, learners delve deep into topics of interest and learn from experts in the field."
  • Gifted Education: "We offer a customized approach that allows us to tailor our program to each leaner's unique gifts and needs."
  • Special Education: "We offer a full program for special education. Services are currently provided through a relationship with Miriam."
  • Parent Involvement: "We have numerous opportunities for parents to be involved including an active Parent Association"


Reviews (6)

  • Fantastic SchoolParent 12/15/2017
    Our daughter was very hesitant about beginning school this year (Kindergarten). The Biome has been an outstanding environment for her. The teachers engage her body, mind and heart, and she always comes home excited about something new. I highly recommend this school.
  • Building "Thinkers"Parent 10/31/2017
    This is our second year at The Biome. Our son is in 1st grade this year. We continue to be impressed with the innovative ways in which the children are exposed to new ideas and concepts. This school operates with a growth mindset-you can work to expand your knowledge and your intelligence it is not pre-defined... More
  • The Biome is a GREAT PlaceParent 10/26/2017
    This is our 2nd year at The Biome. My daughter is in 1st grade. It is a fantastic, diverse, and nurturing environment. The teaching staff are innovative and think outside of the box about experiential STEAM learning!
  • Educating the thinkers of tomorrowParent 10/16/2017
    The Biome is a new STEAM charter school in the Central West End. They are presently a K-3 school, adding a new grade every year up to the 5th grade. I am so fortunate that I was able to find this school when I was searching for a strong Kindergarten program for my child. The Biome's approach to educating... More
  • Innovative and CreativeParent 03/30/2016
    We were very impressed with the school as we are near completing our first year at The Biome. Not only we were impressed with the philosophy of teaching but how the kids are adapting to what they are learning and how it affects us. The location of the school is central to the city so this attracts families... More
  • A great place for our learners Parent 03/14/2016
    This school is a wonderful place for children to attend. The curriculum taught by the school engages the children and infuses culture as well. The school is well diverse. I am happy with the education my daughter is receiving at the Biome.
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  • Highly Diverse Economically67.3% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Lacks Racial Diversity

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