Award Year: 2015

Kennard Classical Junior Academy

5031 Potomac Street
St. Louis, MO, 63139-1316

(314) 353-8875

Dr. Wanda P. LeFlore, Principal at time of Nomination

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Saint Louis Public Schools

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Meeting the academic and affective needs of gifted students so that they are able to apply complex, creative, and innovative thinking to real world problems.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 31%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Kennard students practice problem solving in the algebra game, Equations.

Kennard students practice problem solving in the algebra game, Equations.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Programs recognizes schools based on their academic excellence. State MAP test scores show Kennard Classical Junior Academy consistently scores at the top of Missouri schools. This year Kennard scored first among the stateís elementary schools. Over 98% of its students scored proficient or advanced in English Language Arts, 90.6% in Mathematics, and 92.2% in Science.

Kennard is a full-time, tuition-free Gifted and Talented Magnet School in the St. Louis Public School District. Its diverse student population consists of a wide range of cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and socio-economic groups. Its teaching staff has 85% gifted certification, 60% advanced degrees, and 16% National Board Certification.

The schoolís vision is to provide a unique, safe, and nurturing school fostering academic achievement and serving the diverse population of gifted and talented students. It provides a student-centered, inquiry-based gifted curriculum designed to develop creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Kennardís professional learning community is devoted to supporting the needs of gifted students by implementing the policies and practices defined by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and components of the Characterplus process that foster a positive school culture. The Schoolís Motto, ďIíll strive for excellence in all that I do; Iíll be the best me, and you be the best you!Ē reflects Kennardís high expectations regarding student achievement, and coupled with a dedicated character building initiative provides a united effort among school, home, and community.