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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!

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

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.
Once you have accepted your seat at Atlas, you can continue the enrollment process by completing Atlas’ Enrollment Form.  This online form requests information concerning emergency contacts, health information, and more.  You can fill the form out on a phone, tablet, or laptop.
The final step in the enrollment process is to schedule a time to meet with an Atlas Team Member.  This meeting can occur on the phone, through Zoom, or in person at our office in the Cortex.  We’ll take this time to answer your questions and ensure your enrollment forms are filled out completely.

Further Questions?  Contact Us!

 

Please email info@atlaspublic.org or call (314) 226-8896

2021-2022 School Year

FAQs

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.

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

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. 

Atlas is open to all families with children eligible to enter kindergarten and first grade for the 2021-2022 school year. Your child needs to be 5 years old on or before 10/1/21 if you apply to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
Our application is all you need to apply to Atlas. Once offered a seat and as part of the registration process, we will need proof of residency, birth certificate, and immunization records.
The “cut off” date for birthdays is October 1st for the year you apply. For example, your child needs to be 5 years old on or before 10/1/21 if you apply to kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

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

All eligible students who apply will receive a spot at Atlas as long as we have spots available in that grade level.  Atlas does not discriminate based on race, religion, economic status, gender identity or expression, national origin, language, special education needs, ability status, or any other identity. Again, all eligible students who apply will be accepted. However, if the number of applicants exceeds capacity, Atlas will hold a public lottery on the enrollment timeline specified.
 

Lottery

If the number of applicants exceeds capacity, Atlas will enroll students randomly, with a preference for eligible new students given in the following order:

  1. Children of faculty & staff
  2. Siblings of students currently enrolled as of the lottery date
  3. Students who reside in the 63108 or 63110 zip codes
  4. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch 
  5. Other student applicants
Families will have ten business days to accept or decline an offer.
Families who decline an offer or do not respond by the deadline permanently release their seat to the waitlist. Families can opt to join the end of the waitlist if they would like to be reconsidered for their seats.
Preference for siblings is given to those who already have an enrolled student at Atlas. Therefore, this is not applicable for the 2021-2022 school year as we will not have students already attending Atlas. However, if your child is already enrolled in Atlas for the following years, their siblings will automatically rise to the top of the waitlist, but an offer is not guaranteed. See Lottery for more information.
For those applicants not offered a seat initially due to capacity, the lottery will assign students to a waitlist in ranked order based on our lottery preferences. If a spot opens up, we will offer a spot in order of the waitlist.

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.

Our year-round model is broken up into seven academic sessions, each consisting of approximately five weeks of instruction followed by a two-week intersession. During intercessions that do not fall on traditional school breaks, students have the opportunity to participate in camp-like enrichment programs on a sliding scale led by trusted community partners. This exposes kids to unique learning opportunities such as a dance or science camp that they might not have had otherwise. With our calendar, families won’t have to worry about finding childcare when they aren’t in session. The intersession programming will be offered on a sliding scale basis so that all families can access programming. Teachers will be engaged in meaningful professional development during the first week of each intersession.
There is approximately a three-week summer break for all students.

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!

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.

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.

The day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm. We will provide before and after school care on a sliding scale fee.
We will have approximately twenty-six kids in a class, with two educators in each classroom.

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!

All students will take classes in related arts. In year one, students will take music and art class daily.

Yes! Except at Atlas, we call these “Expeditions” instead of field trips. Expeditions expose students to a wide variety of learning experiences and are an integral part of Atlas' curriculum.

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!

There are many ways that you can become involved in our school community. If you are interested in being part of Atlas’ Family Council or would like to be an Atlas Ambassador, reach out to Morgan Hill at hill@atlaspublic.org.
At Atlas, we believe that our students thrive when our team has a strong partnership with families. We know that families know their children best, and we work alongside you to ensure that each student receives the education they deserve. We believe that open and honest communication is key to a solid foundation of our relationship as we work together to provide an amazing education for your child.

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.

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!