2 Imagine Charter Schools in St. Louis to Close

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The sponsor of the six under performing Imagine charter schools announced that two will close at the end of the school year and four are on probation due to academic, financial and leadership failure.

James French, chairman of Missouri Baptist University’s Education Division, notified each school’s governing board of the decision by letter today after a weeks-long review.

At the school year’s conclusion, the university will revoke the charter for two Imagine schools — Imagine Academy of Academic Success and Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts. The elementary schools have a combined enrollment of 872 children.

Neither school was living up to academic performance standards, was financially sound, or was showing signs of improvement, according to the university, which began sponsoring Imagine charter schools in 2006.

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