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Lafayette Preparatory Academy moves to Lafayette Square in St. Louis

April 2, 2015

Paul Brown
Paul Brown

Thompson Coburn is playing instrumental role in the growth and expansion of another innovative charter school in St. Louis: Lafayette Preparatory Academy.

Opened in downtown St. Louis in July 2013 — and co-founded by partner Paul Brown — Lafayette Prep now has 120 students enrolled in grades K-3. With projected growth of 270 students in K-5 by early 2016, the school needed a larger facility. After an extensive search, the school announced last month that it will develop a campus in St. Louis’ Lafayette Square neighborhood, just a few minutes’ drive from downtown.

Lafayette Prep just launched a capital campaign to raise $100,000 for the expansion project by June 2015. At its new facility, the school will continue its mission of creating a high-quality learning community for a diverse racial and socio-economic cross-section of students. Enrollment figures for the school’s upcoming third year show that 51 percent of its student population is eligible for free-and-reduced lunch subsidies; the incoming Kindergarten class for next year is almost exactly 50 percent African American and 50 percent white or other.