Why Education?

A quality education is a foundation for life. When a person graduates high school, their future becomes instantly brighter. High school graduates are able to access more employment opportunities, earn more income and become better problem solvers.
Education provides hope.


When kids find success in school, they are eligible for higher education, and grow up with bigger dreams for their futures.


As people are educated, they have more opportunities for employment and their purchasing power increases.


With access to quality education, entire communities become safer, healthier and better places to live.


Investing in kids prepares them to be leaders in their lives, as well as leaders that will grow up to shape the future of our city.

A student's decision to drop out of high school is not sudden; it is a slow process of disengagement that is identifiable much earlier than high school.

There are 3 main early warning indicators for whether a youth is on track to graduate: Attendance, Behavior Infractions, and Coursework/Academic Proficiency. These are often considered the "ABCs" of early warning indicators, and can be measured as early as 3rd grade. 

Ninth grade is an especially critical benchmark: Ninth graders who aren't on track are 3 1/2 times less likely to graduate than their on-track peers.

We're here to make sure youth are ready for success when they start tenth grade, which means they are set up for success throughout high school. To do that, we partner with local elementary and middle schools, helping their students make exponential gains to get back on track.


Beyond School, An AmericORPS PROGRAM, prepares students to enter high school with the social, emotional and academic tools needed to be successful while in high school and beyond.


We have a multi-faceted approach:

  • Academic Support
  • Social/Emotional Growth (Mentoring)
  • Community Engagement
  • Enrichment Opportunities/Experiential Learning

In addition to getting back on track academically, youth learn social-emotional skills and are exposed to a variety of activities, broadening their horizons and sense of possibilities for their future.  Our approach focuses on preparing them for high school and beyond.  By graduating high school and going to college, youth have significantly more opportunity in life.  They can find solid employment and break the cycle of poverty.



Students entering our program are an average of 1.5 grade levels behind in reading.  Our intensive, individualized instruction results in exponential growth of at least 3 months for every 1 month in the program.

Join Our Team 

Do you want to work with children, have an impact on your community and serve for one year? Join our Beyond School team through AmeriCorps! Click here to learn more about the full and part time positions currently available. Benefits include a living allowance and education award that can be used toward tuition or to pay off student loans. Interested? Email cover letter and resume to erin.malone@missionstl.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a Beyond School Academic Mentor, you will be trained to implement individualized literacy lessons, help scholars improve academic and organizational skills, and support Beyond School staff and scholars throughout daily program components. Academic Mentors have the opportunity to invest in meaningful relationships with our scholars and help them to realize their full potential.

St. Louis College Prep • 1224 Grattan St • St. Louis, MO 63104


St. Louis Language Immersion School: The Spanish School • 4011 Papin • St. Louis, MO 63110


Interested? Contact Kayla Colona at kayla.colona@missionstl.org.


Beyond School Partners

Community organizations, local businesses and passionate individuals partner with our Beyond School program to provide comprehensive academic, emotional and social growth for our students. Beyond School partners expose our students to a variety of activities and experiences that continue to broaden students’ worldview.

  • 9 Square in the Air
  • Boomerang Bags
  • Bike Works
  • Cardinals Cares
  • Chouteau Garden
  • City Greens
  • Climb So iLL
  • Code Red
  • Cooking Matters
  • College Bound
  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • CrossFit St. Louis
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Good Life Growing Farm
  • GLAM-Girls Lead and Make Moves
  • Grants Farm
  • JMac Gives Back
  • Lafayette Square Restoration
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Magic House
  • Metro Theatre Company
  • My Sci
  • Saratoga Lanes
  • Science Center
  • SLU High School
  • SLU Alpha Phi Omega
  • SLU Micah Program
  • Springboard
  • Student Writers Center
  • STL Fire Department
  • STL Winter Outreach
  • The Tapestry Program
  • UMSL College of Education
  • Urban Breath Yoga
  • Visitation Academy
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Washington University Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • YMCA


Beyond School is an AmeriCorps program.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Beyond School is available to participants without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.