"I am really glad that my son goes to Better Learning Communities Academy because he gets the attention he needs. The staff is really warm and understanding, which makes it easier for me to talk to them so I can know what is going on with my child and his school."
- Ashley Butler, BLCA parent
The BLCA Story
Founded in 2011, Better Learning Communities Academy (BLCA), is a tuition-free charter school in St. Louis, Missouri. Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the city’s north side, our school serves students by employing a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes academic excellence and character development.
BLCA currently serves more than 140 students from kindergarten through 4th grade. In 2014-2015 school year a 5th grade class will be added. In the coming years we will expand our programming to serve students through the 8th grade.
As a publicly funded charter school, BLCA is open to students throughout the City of St Louis, and students from unaccredited school districts. Our primary focus is to serve students and families in and around the Hyde Park community. Better Learning Communities Academy’s classrooms are housed in the neighborhood’s historic Bethlehem Lutheran School in north St. Louis 2153 Salisbury Street.
BLCA was formed as an extension of the urban renewal development work done by Better Living Communities, a nonprofit group that has built and renovated over to 240 homes in the Hyde Park neighborhood for low- and moderate-income families. Just as the leadership at Better Living Communities believes that all families deserve access to quality housing, the School Board, the educators and staff at Better Learning Communities Academy believes everyone should have access to a quality community based education.
Educators at BLCA recognize and celebrate the unique needs and learning styles of every student. In order to better meet those needs, we develop Individual Learning Plans (ILP) for every child. Our educators employ differentiated instruction to better serve students of every achievement level. BLCA sets high expectations for all students, and we actively promote a positive school culture.
At BLCA, we believe that family involvement is crucial to the success of students, so we work continuously to engage and interact with the parents and guardians of the students we serve.
Our team of educators believes in the importance of using high-quality data to drive our decision-making in every area of operation, from curriculum to budgeting. We also believe that “life-long learning” is not just a goal for our students but for our staff, as well. To that end, our teachers regularly participate in a wide range of professional development activities designed to improve instruction.
At BLCA, we believe that education has the power not just to transform a life, but also to change the world. To learn more about Better Learning Communities Academy, visit us online at www.blcacademy.org or call (314) 436-2603.
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