St. Charles High School (Missouri)
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|St. Charles High School|
725 N. Kingshighway
|Motto||Faber est quisquesuae fortunae.|
(Each one is the architect of their own future.)
|School district||City of St. Charles School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jason Sefrit |
|Principal||Mr. Jeff Walker|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and White|
|Fight song||Notre Dame Victory March|
|Team name||Fighting Pirates|
|Rival||St. Charles West High School|
St. Charles High School began as a two-year high school in 1899, expanding to a four-year program in 1902. Originally located at Fourth and Jefferson Streets, it is situated at the former home of the St. Charles Military Academy, to which it moved after a fire in 1918. The campus began with one building in 1923 and had expanded to four by the 1965-66 school year. Within a decade, overcrowding led to the division of the district into two high schools. After a fire in 1995 destroyed all but the oldest section of the building, which was a brick construction, the school was renovated.
The school became racially integrated in 1955.
Visit by President ObamaEdit
On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama made a visit to St. Charles and gave a speech at St. Charles High school, in the older gym on the campus. His speech dealt primarily with the proposed health care reform legislation, and while access to the speech was by invitation only, hundreds of supporters and opponents of the president were outside to witness the historic event.
The student-teacher ratio is 15, slightly higher than the state average of 14.
In addition to typical high school courses, St. Charles High School offers an A+ Program, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The major goals of the A+ Schools Program are that:
- All students will graduate from high school;
- All students will be enrolled in coursework based upon a four-year plan, which follows a clearly identified course of study for the student.
- All students proceed from high school graduation to a college or post-secondary vocational or technical school or high-wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.
Financial incentives may be offered to students who attend an A+ school for three years prior to graduation, maintain at least a 95 percent attendance record and a 2.5 grade point average, exhibit good citizenship, complete 50 hours of tutoring and mentoring and avoid the unlawful use of drugs.
St. Charles High School uses a hybrid of Standard Based Grading. There is an A-F scale matched with percentages, but some of the SBG aspects are still in place. St. Charles High School uses a hybrid grading system mixed with elements of traditional and standard-based grading.
Clubs and organizationsEdit
Numerous clubs exist to serve the interests of all students, including:
- Band of Pirates (Marching/Concert Band)
- Blue & White Ink (Emo Gazette) - Student Written Creative Writing Tabloid
- Board Game Club
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Future Teachers of America (FTA)
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Galley (Student-Run Store)
- Mu Alpha Theta (Math club)
- National Honor Society
- Peer facilitators
- Pirate Players (Drama/Theater)
- Student Council
- Winter Guard
Interscholastic sports include:
- Marching Band
- Josh Harrellson (2007)- University of Kentucky, 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament contender; NBA player for the Miami Heat
- Connie Price-Smith (1981)- Olympic shot putter and discus thrower; 2016 US Olympic Track and Field Coach
- Dennis Tankersley (1997)- Major League Baseball Pitcher, San Diego Padres, 2002-2004
- Santino Rice (1993)- Fashion designer and television personality; contestant on Season Two of Project Runway