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Alums Give South City School Slated For Closure A Second Life

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St. Elizabeth Academy

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Plans are in the works for the resurrection of a private Catholic girls high school slated for closure at the end of the school year.

Earlier this year, St. Elizabeth Academy in south St. Louis announced it would close its doors in June due to declining enrollment. Since then, a team of St. Elizabeth alums has come up with a plan to reopen the facility as an independent school this fall and then as a charter school for the 2014-2015 school year.

“We want to still be able to offer single gender college preparatory school to girls in the south city area especially,” said Nicole Trueman-Shaw, a spokesperson for the new Service Ethics Academics Academy.

Trueman-Shaw says school officials hope to receive enough private funding to open SEA Academy in the fall and then, the following year, have their charter school plan approved and become a fully-funded charter school in the city.

“We think we have a really good plan in place that will offer the same level and same quality of education that’s been offered at St. Elizabeth’s and as the alumni we want to really support it and keep it going and continue to offer those opportunities to girls,” she said.

Thus far, they have about 50 girls interested in attending along with several faculty members who wish to stay on board.

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