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Lift For Life Academy

Website: http://liftforlifeacademy.org

Phone: 314-231-2337

Fax: 314-231-1299

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Mailing address:

1731 South Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63104


Marshall Cohen

Executive Director & Co-Founder



Funding affiliates:

Geographic areas served
Greater St. Louis metro area
Date they started providing services
What they do

Mission: Lift for Life Academy (LFLA) is a challenging learning environment where all students are empowered to maximize their full potential as students and citizens.

The Academy believes "Every child has the potential to succeed, given the right environment and the right encouragement. Failure is not an option.”

LFLA operates 11 month school year; our teacher-to-student ratio averages 1:12. Teachers & staff offer a multicultural perspective to education. Since LFLA owns and operates its own buses, students do not have to miss school until transportation is arranged. State-of-the-art equipment and trained instructors prepare underprivileged students for a technologically-driven society. A full-time social worker, special education instructors, guidance counselors & skilled teachers know how to reach/meet needs of seriously disadvantaged children. Afterschool tutoring helps students understand classroom concepts. Students may earn college credits while still in high school.

Who they serve

Lift For LIfe Academy serves 585 students anually in grades 6-12. Students come from St. Louis' poorest neighborhoods, where the number of adults who have not graduated High School is very high. Over 90% of LFLA students live in households with incomes below national poverty level. These households are predominately single parent and female-headed. Most students enroll with reading and math skills one-three years below their grade level. Academy students are primarily African-American (92+%). Nearly 90% of students qualify for free/reduced lunches. 90% of students will re-enroll from one year to the next.

6th graders enter the Academy performing 1-3 years below grade and by graduation have achieved academic proficiency. LFLA students typically raise their comprehension by more than one grade level for every year they attend the Academy.

LFLA is a Title I school.

How they serve

The needs of urban students such LFLA students are unique. Students enter the Academy from more than 50 inner-city public schools where they did not receive the attention or encouragement that would allow them to flourish.

Lift For Life Academy, with grades 6 to 12, offers over 580 students from the city of St. Louis an alternative to local public schools through an enriching, educational environment where students can thrive and succeed academically & socially. LFLA's success revolves around lifting incoming students from severe underachievement to grade level proficiencies through intensive tutoring and classroom engagement. Academics are focused on students developing skills to succeed in post-secondary experiences & for meaningful employment. We recognize that students from all backgrounds can be academically successful if they have access to high quality, evidence-based teaching and learning opportunities featuring hands-on, inquiry-based, applied & career-relevant experienc


• For the 2016-17 school year, the Academy will demonstrate a minimum of 8% growth of students scoring Proficient or Advanced on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).

• Lift For Life Academy will maintain 90+% High School graduation rate.

Success story

Written by Rakeem G., Student

The principal at my high school, Mrs. Noble, helped me change my life completely. She was strong & caring. Her determination led me & many others to overcome the hardest situations & keep going no matter what.

The years leading up to high school were not the best for me. I wanted someone to care about me. I was so tough & stubborn. My life at home was horribly upsetting. My sister & I moved in with my grandmother because of problems with my mother.

The real change came when I entered Lift For Life, after I got suspended from my previous school. When I got into it with teachers and students, Mrs. Noble put everything on me. It was her way of letting me know that I am in control of every situation & problem. She said, "YOU have to make the change." She is a voice of hope and made school a place of healing for me.

Rakeem has been accepted into several colleges and plans to return to the Academy as a teacher after graduation.

They collaborate with:

ALive and Well STL

Annnie's Hope

Bridge Program (UMSL)


John Burroughs High School

College Bound

Computer Village

Eye Care Charity- Mid-America

Gateway Greening

Jazz St. Louis

Kids Under Twenty-one (KUTO)

Metro Leadership League

Ritz Carlton, St. Louis

ServiceWorks, St. Louis

Southeast Missouri State University

St. Louis ArtWorks

St. Louis Internship Program

St. Louis Science Center

St.Vincent DePaul Parish

Saint Louis University

Salvation Army


Washington University Campus Y

Washington UNiversity Medical School

YMCA of Greater St. Louis

Youth Exploring Puropse

Additional Information:

• LFLA students must earn at least 26 credits to graduate.(Missouri requires a minimum of 24 credits.)

• Since the first graduating class, average 95% of seniors graduate.

• LFLA graduates attending 4- or 2-year colleges/universities exceeds the state average by 7%.

• Through partnerships with Saint Louis University, nearly 25% of seniors graduate with college credits in English, Math and/or History.

• Certified as a Missouri A+ School, which provides scholarships to eligible students to attend Community College.

• 93 cents of every dollar is spent on educational programs/services.

• Teacher/student ratio of 1:14. 89% of teachers are certified as highly-qualified by the state of Missouri.

• School social worker, counselors and special education teachers provide character, mental, social, and behavioral supports to children.

• Partnerships with dental, medical, vision and hearing specialists provide on-site services for students.

Additional Information:

• Curriculum aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards based upon the Common Core Standards.

• Computer-based assessments provide student performance data to target instruction and improve student learning "before it's too late".

• Eleven-month school year provides extended learning.

• Focus on integrating technology into teaching and learning prepares students to move beyond basics and towards 21st century skills.

• Student interventions such as individual tutoring ensure true student comprehension of subject matter.

• Nutritious breakfasts and lunches prepared on-site daily by the chef.

• College preparation begins in the 6th grade with college tours starting in 10th grade and counselors to assist with entrance and financial aid applications.

• Free Drivers’ Education

• National Honor Societies, student-interest clubs & school sports teams.

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Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation

319 N. 4th Street, Suite 300, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1906
tel 314-588-8200, fax 314-588-8088