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Re-Imagining School for the 21st Century

Kairos offers a private school experience at a public school price (read: free). Our diverse-by-design, personalized learning approach empowers students to direct their own lives and learning. We use research-based restorative justice practices and an award-winning curriculum called Summit Learning.

Your Child is Not Average

So we won't give them an average, cookie-cutter education. Mentors personalize each student's experience, checking in weekly, sending regular updates to parents, and guiding growth year after year. By graduation, your child will be a self-directed learner, leader, and citizen—ready to thrive in a liberal arts college, a 21st-century career, and a free society.

Ambitious Plan

Custom Support

Reflective Growth

Kairos teacher and student

“Kudos to the staff and faculty for their commitment to creating an inclusive, progressive, innovative, and successful learning environment for the kids.”

Carly, Kairos Parent

Re-Imagining School for the 21st Century

Kairos Academies Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning
Every child has different strengths and weaknesses, so we use coursework that adapts to the unique learning needs of each student. With a personal laptop connected to an internet of resources, we empower students to learn in the way and at the pace that works best for them.

Kairos Academies Self-Directed Schedules

Self-Directed Schedules

Factory-style school schedules force kids to be followers, not leaders. However, success requires independence–students must learn how to learn independently. At Kairos, we teach students to manage their own time, just like a college student or modern-day professional.

Kairos Academies One-on-One Mentoring

One-on-One Mentoring

Our kids meet with a personal mentor at least once a week who helps them manage their schedule and study habits. Mentors work closely with families to help students make responsible choices about how, when, where, and with whom to learn. At Kairos, we believe students must own their education.

Kairos Academies Student Leadership

Student Leadership

Our kids don’t just talk about working across lines of difference–they practice it daily by leading their study groups, extracurricular clubs, and student government. From mediating peer discipline to advising our school board, it’s our students that truly own the Kairos community.

Kairos Academies Year-Round Education

Year-Round Education

Instead of a long summer break and even longer semesters, Kairos runs all year on two-month cycles. Students work hard for five weeks, then recharge for one or two. During these breaks, faculty analyze student data, meet with families, and plan targeted support so that the next cycle is even better for our kids.

Compared to Schools Across the Country

Top 1% Parent Ratings

parents ranked our safety, learning climate, and ease of engagement in the 99th percentile nationwide

2-3x Academic Growth

students grew in math and reading far faster than comparable peers nationwide

Top 1% Student Rating

students ranked their relationships with teachers in the 99th percentile nationwide

And We’re Not Alone. We Found the Best of the Best, Then Brought Them to St. Louis

Kairos is proud to partner with Summit Learning, the nation’s leader in project-based, culturally responsive coursework. Together we’re bringing St. Louis Children best-in-class materials, designed at Stanford, and awarded a gold medal by U.S. News.

Application Process

Step 1


Fill out a quick application on Schoolmint—no tuition or admissions test required. Have questions? Call 314-252-0602 or sign up for a tour.

Step 2


Students are admitted by lottery on the second Friday of January. After the lottery, admission to Kairos is first-come, first-served.

Step 3


If your child wins the lottery, you can accept your spot on Schoolmint and complete your registration entirely online.

Step 4

Back-to-School Night

In August, you can join us for Back-to-School Night to learn more information and begin orienting your child to their new school!

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