Apply to Atlas
Do you want your child to receive a well-rounded education in a fun and joyful learning environment? Become an Atlas Founding Family! If your child will be entering kindergarten or first grade at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, fill out an application now! If you have any questions about our application and enrollment process, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!
STEP 1: Apply
Atlas is a public charter school, free and open to all students living in the City of St. Louis.
Apply Now: https://atlaspublic.schoolmint.net/signin
STEP 2: Lottery
If Atlas receives more applications than there are seats available for any given grade level, we will hold a lottery as required by law. If we do not receive enough applications for a lottery, then applicants will automatically be offered a seat at Atlas on the date the lottery was scheduled to take place. Applicants will be notified of their status via text and email.
Click HERE for more information on Atlas’ Enrollment and Lottery Policy.
STEP 3: Registration Packet
STEP 4: Meet With an Atlas Team Member
Further Questions? Contact Us!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (314) 226-8896
2021-2022 School Year
Atlas is a new tuition-free public charter school opening in the fall of 2021 for curious, creative, and compassionate kids. We instill a love of learning while empowering our kids to build a healthy future for themselves, our community, and the world. Atlas is growing smart! We will initially serve only kindergarten and first grade students and add a grade each year until we are a K-5 elementary school.
What is a charter school?
Atlas is an open-enrollment charter school in St. Louis. Charter schools are:
- Tuition-free and part of the free public school system
- Held to state and federal academic standards
- Open to all students, including those with disabilities
- Funded primarily through a combination of federal, state, and local tax dollars
When will Atlas be a K-5 school?
Atlas will start with kindergarten and first grade for the 2021-2022 school year and add a grade each year thereafter. Therefore, Atlas will be fully grown as a K-5 school for the 2025-2026 school year.
Where do I apply?
Who can apply?
What is required to apply?
What is the age requirement for kindergarten?
What is the enrollment timeline?
First Enrollment Period: October 20th - November 19th @8pm
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 19th @8pm
First lottery: Monday, November 23rd @5pm
Families will be notified within 2 business days of the lottery (Wednesday, Nov. 25th)
Families have 10 business days to accept or decline- December 10th
Second Enrollment Period: November 20th - January 21st @8pm
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 21st @8pm
Second lottery: Monday, January 25th @5pm
Families will be notified within 2 business days of the lottery (Wednesday, January 27th)
Families have 10 business days to accept or decline - February 10th
Third Enrollment Period: January 22nd - March 11 @8pm
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 11 @8pm
Third lottery: Monday, March 15 @5pm
Families will be notified within 2 business days of the lottery (March 17th)
Families have 10 business days to accept or decline - March 31st
How does the lottery work?
If the number of applicants exceeds capacity, Atlas will enroll students randomly, with a preference for eligible new students given in the following order:
- Children of faculty & staff
- Siblings of students currently enrolled as of the lottery date
- Students who reside in the 63108 or 63110 zip codes
- Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch
- Other student applicants
What is the timeline for accepting/declining an offer?
What happens if I decline my offer or miss the deadline?
I have multiple children applying for Atlas. Are they all guaranteed spaces?
How is the waitlist drawn?
How is Atlas funded?
Atlas is funded primarily through a combination of federal, state, and local tax dollars. We also have received generous grants from a local and national incubator.
Can you go over the school calendar? What happens during intersessions?
Do kids get the summer off?
When will you finalize your facility?
From the beginning, it has been essential to us to be as centrally located as possible because of our place-based education approach as well as being an intentionally diverse school. We are currently in lease negotiations with a building a few blocks away from Saint Louis University’s campus for a temporary facility. We also have a backup option about six minutes away. Our permanent facility will be located in the Midtown/Grand Center area. We can’t wait to share more details with you soon!
Will you be in person when you open?
Right now, the plan is to be in person! We will be keeping an eye on recommendations from the CDC and act per their guidelines. We feel that we can open safely with such a small student body in year one, and we know that young children learn best in a classroom environment rather than behind a computer screen.
Will you provide transportation?
At this time, we do not have plans to provide transportation to and from Atlas. We know we cannot be a truly equitable school if we do not offer transportation, so we are working hard to secure transportation for families who need it the most. That said, we cannot currently promise transportation.
When does the school day begin and end?
How large are class sizes?
Have you hired all your teachers?
We are currently accepting applications for new hires and have started interviewing our first applicants. We are excited that such a fantastic talent pool has already applied!
What specials/related arts will be offered?
All students will take classes in related arts. In year one, students will take music and art class daily.
Do students take field trips?
Will you require uniforms?
We want Atlas to be a joyful school community where all students and families feel welcome and safe. It’s important to us that our students recognize their inner greatness and that no one ever feels “less than” anyone else. Therefore, we think uniforms level the playing field, and there won’t be as many issues with kids feeling left out. However, we want our Founding Families to help decide the specifics of what the uniforms should look like!
Are there opportunities for families to volunteer?
What kind of family involvement are you looking for?
How will students with disabilities/gifted students be supported?
As a public school, we accept and welcome students with all different educational needs. We will have a special education teacher, and we plan on partnering with Miriam Learning Center to help deliver services such as occupational and speech therapy.
What’s up with the graphics of kids in your logo?
At Atlas, we call our students “explorers” because we want them to explore the community and world around them. Our graphics are kids having fun while exploring!