Regents Approve Adding Grades 9-12 at Lift for Life Academy

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 18, 2008 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today amended the original charter for the Lift for Life Academy, a St. Louis charter school, adding grades 9 through 12 to its present grades 6 to 8 over the next four years.

Under the amended charter, which is still subject to approval by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education before being implemented, Lift for Life would add one class of students over each of the next four academic years, making the Lift for Life Academy a grades 6 through 12 program in 2012.

Dr. Jane Stephens, University provost, said the oversight committee of Southeast’s College of Education reviewed the charter and recommended it be amended.

Expanding the number of grades is a response to concerns among Academy staff members who have documented the progress of their students after they leave the Academy and are placed in a variety of high schools in the St. Louis area. While students have made documented progress in the three years they attend Lift for Life, many do not maintain that academic growth when they move on to high school, Stephens said.

Southeast has been a sponsor for the Lift for Life Academy since it began operating as a Charter middle school in St. Louis in 2000. The first sixth grade class from the 2000 class graduated from high school in 2007.