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While the iconic arch is a must-see in St. Louis, the city is home to plenty of attractions closer to earth, many of which are free to access. The science museum and zoo are nationally recognized and are located in Forest Park—a public park covering 1,375 acres and modeled after New York’s Central Park. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can get a meal at Nixta, one of Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in 2017, or grab a BLT at the city's famous Crown Candy Kitchen. 

If you’re looking to contribute to the city on a local level, you can plug in to a variety of organizations, such as Girls on the Run, which encourages  positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development for young girls, and many other organizations engaged in the crucial work of supporting students in getting access to and succeeding in college.


Students' average score on the ACT in St. Louis Public School District.


Students' average score on the ACT in the wealthier district of Clayton, 10 miles from St. Louis.


St. Louis Public Schools' graduation rate (below the 83 percent national average).


The year St. Louis Public Schools regained accreditation, after losing it in 2007.

“Teach For America continues to support not only me, but my students as well, by offering continued professional development opportunities and community resources. The TFA community provides the personal and emotional encouragement that is essential for being a transformational classroom leader.”

Kaylan Holloway

Social Studies Teacher

St. Louis Corps Member 2014