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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 will 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?

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 are applying to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.

What is required to apply?

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. 

What is the age requirement for kindergarten?

The “cut off” date for birthdays is October 1st for the year in which you are applying. For example, your child needs to be 5 years old on or before 10/1/21 if you are applying to kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. 

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 21th @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? 

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 on the basis of 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 date specified in the enrollment timeline.


If the number of applicants exceeds capacity, Atlas will enroll students randomly, with 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

What is the timeline for accepting/declining an offer?

Families will have 10 business days to accept or decline an offer. 

What happens if I decline my offer or miss the deadline?

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 seat. 

I have multiple children applying for Atlas.  Are they all guaranteed spaces?

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, for the following years, if your child is already enrolled in Atlas, their siblings will automatically rise to the top of the waitlist, but an offer is not guaranteed. See Lottery for more information.

How is the waitlist drawn?

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. 

Where does Altas plan on being located? How often will Atlas move locations?

We are currently in lease negotiations with a temporary facility located in Midtown, a few blocks away from the campus of Saint Louis University. We hope to move only one time to our final facility after a three year commitment with our first temporary facility. With that being said, we know we do not want to relocate to a different area of the city, so we will work as hard as we can to move within a two mile radius of our temporary space. 

Does Atlas offer transportation?

At this time we are unable to provide transportation to and from Atlas. We are working hard to secure transportation for families who do not have access to transportation, but we cannot promise it at this time.


When does the school day begin and end?

The day begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:30pm. 

Do students take field trips?

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


Are there opportunities for families to volunteer?

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

What kind of family involvement are you looking for?

At Atlas, we believe that our students thrive when our team has a strong partnership with families. We know that families know their child the 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. 

What services do you provide children with IEPs?

As a public school, we provide all needed services in a child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We plan on partnering with Miriam Learning Center to help deliver services. 

Is there before and after school care?

We are currently working to secure an outside provider for before and after school care. We hope to have this partnership solidified by January 2021.