SchoolSmartKC has awarded Académie Lafayette more than $1.5 million over three years to expand its K-8 program in a newly purchased building at 201 E. Armour, the former Derrick Thomas Academy. At full capacity, by 2025, it is anticipated Académie Lafayette (AL) will serve approximately 1,550 students in grades K-8, or 600 more than currently served, reducing their lengthy wait list. SSKC’s support will assist the school in maximizing its reach into more disadvantaged populations. Building on concerted efforts in this regard, as a part of our support, AL will have at least 75% of new, non-sibling lottery applicants come from low-income zip codes and, over its build out period, move to a schoolwide student population of nearly 40% free and reduced lunch (FRL) eligible and 50% minority students.
Our support to Académie Lafayette is founded on our central goal of improving access of our most disadvantaged populations to exceptional educational opportunities. Académie Lafayette has shown extraordinary success helping low income and minority students reach their incredible potential. We are delighted to assist more of our disadvantaged students access this level of quality schooling.