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About Navigate STL Schools

Navigate STL Schools is a St. Louis city focused non-profit organization that helps families learn about the local school system and the school options available to them.


Our Vision

Every family regardless of race, economic status, or scholastic ability can find and access a school that enables each child to thrive.

Our Mission

Our goal is for every St. Louis City family to recognize their right to local schools that serve the unique needs and interests of their children.

We advocate for equitable enrollment and share relevant resources and transparent information about the traditional, charter, magnet, and independent school options available to St. Louis City families, to help guide them as they navigate the St. Louis school search process.

We assist St. Louis City families in making informed decisions about which school is the best fit for their child to thrive.

Our Story

Finding the school that will help each child succeed is a daunting task. St. Louis families have to gather and sift through various bits of information, weighing the value and reliability of one piece against another. This puts a lot of responsibility on families to conduct a school search and unfairly disadvantages those with limited time and resources.

In 2014, local parents built an online school guide called STLCitySchools with the aim of working collaboratively to give all parents fair access to school finding information, resources, and support.

In 2019, a non-profit organization was formed to build upon these efforts. Working with parents, educators, and community organizations, we designed and launched the first-ever mobile school finder with a focus on increasing equity of access to information. The school finder is part of a larger effort to ensure all St. Louis families can find and access a school that enables each child to thrive.