St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral requires that all students in grades 6 – 8 participate in a rigorous, Academy Program which will prepare them for success in college-preparatory high schools. The program includes:
- College Prep Curriculum
Students pursue an academically challenging and highly structured academic program with the expectation that they will be accepted to college preparatory high schools.
- Extended School Day
All middle school students participated in an extended school day that runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm.
The extended day includes High School Prep, Drama, Study Skills, Yoga, Girl Talk, Man-Up, Sweet Success, Guided Study Hall, and Youth Futures.
- Summer Session
An mandatory three and a half-week summer session, focusing on language arts, math, reading and other activities, is a part of the Academy program.
- Students in the middle school grades take these courses:
- English/Language Arts
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
- Graduate Support/High School Scholarships
Students who complete the Academy program successfully are assisted with admission to college-preparatory high schools (faith-based, private and public).
Once accepted, Academy graduates are monitored and assisted by a Graduate Support Director, a St. Louis the King staff member who visits the students at their high schools, monitors their progress, arranges for such assistance as tutoring/counseling/etc., and works with their families to ensure high school completion and college admission.
For those graduates attending tuition-charging high schools, scholarships to defray the cost of high school are provided. These are awarded based on financial need, assistance provided by the student’s high school, and other factors.
The benefits of the Academy Program include:
Portfolio: Students leave Academy with documents needed to excel throughout high school and college.
High School Acceptance: Students are more likely to be accepted into their first choice high schools.
Grades: There is greater success in the classroom pertaining to academic performance.
Standardized Testing: There is an increase in standardized test scores.
ACT Prep Test: Students are able to participate in an opportunity introducing them to the ACT prior to high school.
Implementation and Completion of Projects: Students are able to implement their time management skills to complete assignments in the regular school classroom adding to their success.
St. Louis the King School students are accepted into college-prep high schools including:
- Bishop DuBourg High School
- Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School
- Christian Brothers High School (CBC)
- DeSmet Jesuit High School
- Incarnate Word Academy
- Nerinx Hall
- Rosati-Kain High School
- St. Louis University High School (SLUH)
- St. Mary’s High School
- Trinity High School