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Thank you for your interest in Kennard Classical Junior Academy!

What is Kennard?

Kennard is a full-time, tuition-free, public school serving gifted children in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

How do I apply?

Applications are not handled by the school. Applications are processed by St. Louis Public Schools’ Student Recruitment and Placement Office.

Magnet and Choice schools application and additional information

Interested families should submit a magnet school application for each child. A new application is available each fall. After receiving the application, the district will contact you to have your child tested and entered into a lottery for a seat at Kennard. Students must meet state-approved criteria for gifted eligibility to qualify for a space in the lottery. Gifted eligibility does not guarantee a space at Kennard.

All questions regarding the admissions process, testing, application process, etc. should be directed to the district’s Student Recruitment and Placement Office at 314-633-5200 or slpsmagnetschools@slps.org.

Can I visit Kennard?

The PTO regularly offers tours to prospective families. Visit our School Tours page for more information.

Where can I get more information?

This website, sponsored by the Kennard Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), focuses primarily on information for current students and their families. Please review this website and the school’s SLPS page to learn more about Kennard.

If you are a prospective parent and have additional questions that cannot be answered from either website, please contact the PTO’s New Families Committee at kennardnewfamilies@gmail.com.