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 + become better problem solvers.
Education provides HOPE.

A student's decision to drop out is not sudden; it is a slow process that is identifiable LONG BEFORE high school.

There are 3 main early warning indicators for whether a youth is on track to graduate:

  • Attendance

  • Behavior Infractions

  • Coursework Proficiency


These are often considered the "ABCs" of early warning indicators, + can be measured as early as 3rd grade. 

We intentionally work with youth starting in 3rd grade + on through Middleschool - So that by the time they reach high school they are on a path to success. 

9th grade is an especially critical benchmark: 9th graders who aren't on track are 3 1/2 times less likely to graduate than THOSE THAT ARE.

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 St. Louis Language Immersion Schools + St. Louis College Prep to help 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 + academic tools needed to be successful in high school + beyond.

We have a multi-faceted approach:

  • Academic Support

  • Social/Emotional Growth (Mentoring)

  • Community Engagement

  • Enrichment Opportunities/Experiential Learning

This is how we do it

Students entering our program are an average of 1.5 grade levels behind in reading.  Through personalized reading programs, one-on-one tutoring + a variety of enrichment classes, our students receive relational + academic support after class.  Our intensive, individualized instruction results in exponential growth of 2-3 months for every 1 month in the program.   

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


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Join Our Team

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

Interested? Email cover letter + 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 + organizational skills, + support Beyond School staff + scholars throughout daily program components. Academic Mentors have the opportunity to invest in meaningful relationships with our scholars + help them to realize their full potential.


1881 Pine St. • St. Louis, MO 63103 


1900 Lafayette Ave. • St. Louis, MO 63104 

Interested in volunteering? Fill out our volunteer form.

Questions? Contact Patrick Graney-Dolan at patrick@missionstl.org.


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Beyond School is an AmeriCorps Program

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, + 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 + country through AmeriCorps.  For more information, visit NationalService.gov. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National + Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund + Volunteer Generation Fund programs, + 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. 

Beyond School Partners

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

  • Boomerang Bags

  • Cardinals Cares

  • Chouteau Garden

  • City Greens

  • Code Red

  • Cooking Matters

  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

  • CrossFit St. Louis

  • E2 Young Engineers

  • Gateway Pet Guardians

  • Global Hack: CS First

  • Great American Human Foosball

  • Grants Farm

  • Harris Stowe University

  • Kingdom House

  • Lafayette Square Restoration

  • MAD Science

  • Magic House

  • Metro Theatre Company

  • Missouri Elite Sports Club

  • New Dimensions Soccer

  • Saratoga Lanes

  • Saint Louis County Pet Adoption

  • Saint Louis Science Center

  • Saint Louis Zoo

  • Sky Zone Fenton

  • SLU High School

  • SLU Micah Program

  • Springboard

  • Student Writers Studio

  • STL Winter Outreach

  • The Tapestry Program

  • UMSL College of Education

  • Urban Breath Yoga

  • WashU Sigma Alpha Epsilon

  • World Bird Sanctuary

  • YMCA