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.