SLPS takes over Science Center for school expo

KINGS OAK – For some parents, finding the perfect school for their child can be an overwhelming task.

That’s why the St. Louis Public School System held its elementary and middle school expo at the Saint Louis Science Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Nearly 300 people registered to attend the event from 6 to 8 p.m., with more than 25 elementary and middle schools combined represented at the expo.

As an extension of SLPS’ recruiting efforts, the event gave both students and parents the chance to find the school that would best fit their educational needs.

Rows and rows of tables topped with pamphlets, flyers, brochures, handouts, candy, stickers and other helpful information about each school filled the second floor of the science center.

Representatives from each school were ready to greet parents and children and readily answer any questions that they may have had.

For Jasmine Hill and her son Micah Hill, a third-grader, the expo was much needed. The family recently relocated from St. Louis County to south St. Louis. Micah was previously a student in the Hazelwood School District.

“We just moved to a new apartment, a new community, and it’s different than when we were in the Hazelwood Public School District,” Hill said. “So I’m just trying to figure out more about how does the St. Louis Public School District work.”

Hill said she home schooled Micah in second grade for the first half of that school year. He now attends Monroe Elementary School in the Marine Villa neighborhood.

Finding the best school for Micah is very important to Hill.

“I’m looking to get the best school that’s going to be academically challenging for him,” Hill said. “He’s in the third grade, but he’s reading and writing and doing math at a fourth-grade level, and he’s interested in technology,” Hill said.

“I didn’t expect it to be like an open forum with each individual school. My son was so excited,” she added.

Despite a decline in enrollment, SLPS hosts events similar to the expo to expose parents to options they may not have considered before.

“We like to get our brand out there,” said Louis Kruger, director of student placement. “We’re not in an environment like we were say 20 to 25 years ago where we’re the only public schools in town. There’s charter schools we have to compete with.”

“We’re all for great educational options regardless of what they are, but we want to put our brand out there and show that we also have great education options.”

Kruger advised any parent hoping to enroll their child in SLPS to apply early. The application period began Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 1.

For more information, visit the school system online at

Bria Gremillion

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