North Side Community School opened in August 2009 as a public charter school on the former campus of Emergency Children’s Home (ECHO). We opened because our founders saw a pressing, unmet need for quality, accessible education for children living in St. Louis City, an area heavily challenged by poverty and violence.
In our first year, North Side served 51 kindergarten and first-grade students. The school has continued to grow, adding a new grade each year. In 2011, we launched a pre-kindergarten program that now serves 45 children each year. In 2018, we opened our middle school in Grand Center. We now serve nearly 500 students.
The mission of North Side Community School — a charter public school serving urban neighborhoods — is to improve each student’s opportunities in education and in life by developing the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities necessary for success.