St. Louis City Schools

The Freedom School

PRIVATE Presbyterian

  • Grades Served: PK4 – 5
  • 98 Students (Coed)
  • Average Class Size: 16
  • School Day: 8am – 3pm
  • Extended Care: 7:30am – 6pm
  • Opened in 1997
  • To enroll for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by August 1
  • Tuition Range: $1,000 - $9,000 Per Year Average tuition for local Private Schools: $9,468
  • Sliding scale tuition
  • 100% of students receive Financial Aid
  • "Our current population includes students from nine nations: The USA, Costa Rica, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Korea, Mexico, Guatamala"
  • In 1847, freed slave John Berry Meachum partnered with a white pastor to create The Freedom School on a Mississippi River riverboat near Saint Louis, Missouri. It's mission was to set children free from the legal bonds that made educating slave children illegal. This school represented a beacon of light in direct opposition to the darkness of slaves being sold on the steps of the Old Courthouse. One hundred fifty years later, The Freedom School was founded by New City Fellowship Church.
  • Although it is affiliated with New City Fellowship Church, Presbyterian Church in America, the school accepts students of other denominations and proclaims the gospel to students of other religions.
  • "Reconciliation is at the core of everything we do: First reconciliation to God, second, reconciliation to self ,and finally reconciliation with people of other races, faiths, abilities and socioeconomic groups"
  • Parent Involvement: Active Parent Teacher Organization, room parents, volunteer tutors and readers, volunteers in running clubs.


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  • Highly Diverse Economically66% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially

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