Our son is just finishing up pre-K at Mallinckrodt and we are amazed at what he has learned this year. His progress in writing, spelling, reading, and Spanish has been really impressive and fun to watch. The teachers and parents are wonderful and we have really enjoyed becoming a part of the school community. Most important in my opinion is that our son loves school and he loves his friends a Mallinckrodt. We feel very lucky to have found this outstanding school and are looking forward to Kindergarten next year!
My son has attended Mallinckrodt AGI for 4 years and I couldn't be more impressed with his educational and social progress. He is engaged with learning and continues to amaze me everyday. As a 2nd grader he is addicted to historical facts and was disappointed that they were not focusing on the issues that shaped the begining of our country ( the ciriculum is more community and neighborhood based). His teacher created a unit to start discussing the Revolutionary War and allowed my son to participate in the lesson plan as he is an expert! Hands on learning approach has allowed him to use creativity to express topics learned along with numerous enrichment opportunities through school and after school activities. With an active Parent Organization there are numerous family activities that build a Family culture with picnics, movie nights, career nights, trunk or treat, community garden, family dinners, scouts, sports teams and numerous other school activities. My daughter will begin this fall in preschool and I couldn't be more sure that we made the best decision choosing this SLPS.
This transformational school is really coming along. The parents are very involved and the teachers are great. The number and variety of after-school opportunites is growing every year!
Mallinckrodt Academy has been my son's school for 4 years now, he started in pre-school, and it is definitely not deserving of a 3/10 rating. This school has been providing a consistent gifted learning environment for my son, it has a very involved PTO and community of volunteer parents and it has grown to have various extra-curricular after-school programs and a garden for hands-on learning. I highly recommend this school and it ranks more on a 8/10 level.
My daughter is finishing up her Preschool year at Mallinckrodt. My husband and I were contemplating moving to the county due to the state of the public schools in the City, however, that all changed when she was accepted into Mallinckrodt. We could not be more pleased with this school. Our 5 year old can already read, is writing full stories, adding/subtracting, counting money and doing many other things that are not generally get taught until at least 1st grade. She has an outstanding teacher who is in regular contact with parents. It is rare that I have to wait longer than a few hours to get a response to a question. The parental involvement at this school is off the charts. It's amazing to see so many parents available to donate money, items and most importantly their time to anything that the school needs, even if it's just a day of cleaning and repairing things around the school. I'm so glad my child is a Mallinckrodt Dragon!
We were also considering moving to the county for our daughter's schooling until we found Mallinckrodt AGI. It's an entire school just for gifted children, which is a rare and wonderful find. The students are challenged and nurtured, and art, music, gym, Spanish, and occasionally, drama classes are part of the curriculum. The kids go on regular field trips too. Our kindergartener is reading four grade levels ahead thanks to her amazing pre-K and K teachers. The parents are so supportive and giving, and the PTO is active. We are very pleased to be a part of this school community.
I am very pleased with the St. Louis Public School Gifted Program! Our Mallinckrodt Gifted Program Pre-K student appears to be performing at a 1st grade level. He reads me Dr. Seuss books.
My daughter is in the gifted/accelerated Kindergarten at Mallinckrodt. It is her first year and she is absolutely thriving. Her teacher, Mrs. Y, is a talented, compassionate person who challenges the children and they respond enthusiastically. I have been impressed by how much all of the students in her class have flourished. What has surprised me the most about the school is how much it has to offer. Being part of SLPS, I expected a good, but bare bones program. I was wrong - the kids go on fun, educational field trips, participate in clubs on Friday afternoons, and have frequent visits from the zoo, Fed Bird, storytellers, Springboard performers and other community members. The school also has a new playground and a huge green space. Oh, and they are all learning Chinese! It was tough making the decision to enroll our daughter in a new program, but the incredibly involved parents, dedicated teachers and amazing principal won us over. Everybody is working together to ensure the school s success - and helping to determine the direction of a new program has been a uniquely rewarding experience for everybody. Visit Mallinckrodt Academy - you too will be impressed.
My son is a kindergartener at Mallinckrodt. While extremely bright, he had no desire to learn to read or write until Mrs. Y came along. In a few short months, he has gone from minimal reading skills to reading books to me and explaining the rules of phonics. He can read books to himself and write stories and letters. He loves going to school and never wants to miss a day. He has a lot of energy and I was worried that he would become bored in school and get into trouble, but he is constantly being challenged and loves it. The teachers, staff and parents are very involved. This school is a hidden gem in St. Louis city.
My son is in Pre-K and we love the school so far. Ms. Neupert is an excellent teacher and the reason my son looks forward to attending school every day. The school still seems to be in the growing period with the new gifted program, but we only see it getting better and better. The parental involvement is growing as well. So far we are very happy and can thank Mallinckrodt for keeping us as St. Louis City residents.
My son is starting his third year at Mallinckrodt and we have seen the school blossom. Our principal is fantastic; she is hardworking, optimistic, yet realistic. The teachers have met the challenge of Mallinckrodt's conversion to a gifted school with gusto. My son continually impresses me with all he has learned and he has really taken an interest in the various subjects he studies including social studies, art, music, PE, science and Chinese. I expect enrollment to increase but at the moment I find the smaller size (around 200 students I believe) appealing. The students and teachers all seem to know everyone in the school by name and I enjoy the community spirit that students, parents and staff all share. The PTO has been very active this past year with fundraising, planning family activities, and they even started a community garden at the school.
The principal is highly active in the school and very knowledgeable about teaching gifted children. She passes along this experience to her teachers and they work together to foster a creative accelerated learning environment. Mrs. Neupert was an incredible teacher for the gifted pre-Kindergarten class. We'll see how this year turns out.
This is my daughters second year at Mallinckrodt Academy Elementary School. Both of her teachers have definately made a huge inpact on my daughter already budding mind. This school is going through a "Renaissance" period. Going from a "basic skills" learning philosophy to an accelerated, gift education philosophy has shown a great influctuation of families desiring this public school option with a private school flair. As a parent of a first grader at Mallinckrodt, I believe Dr. Denny, our principal, is creating an environment of educational excellence through Character Education, an excellent and professional staff with great and varied educational backgrounds, a "waking giant" of parent involvement, Y-Care through our local YMCA for before and after school care, and a facility that has a brand new playground, a huge field for exercise which is located conveniently in Southwest City in Saint Louis. My child is safe, happy and flourishes at Mallinckrodt Academy. I checked all the local school options and always came back to Mallinckrodt. Come and see for yourself.
I am very impressed with the faculty and fellow parents at Mallinckrodt. Through the direction of an equally impressive principal, they have created a partnership that has inspired an active parent/teacher organization to make several enhancments to the school and it's approach to gifted instruction. In only his second year, my son has been on several out of classroom educational activities, has had the opportunity to join several clubs, and has been exposed to different languages. I am also impressed with the level of involvement from the parents and the overwhelming response we receive when volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. Very exciting things are happening at Mallinckrodt AGI!!!
This is our first year and have been very impressed with the level of involvement from the parents to the staff. The true test for us the fact that our daughter LOVES school! Her work is challenging, but she is taught how to work through the frustration of not understanding something right away.
I am so pleased with my choice to send my son to Mallinkrodt. He is in preschool and learning so much more than I had hoped for! The work I see coming home and activities Mrs. Neupert does with the kids are excelent!
My child is part of the gifted kindergarten at Mallinckrodt and I generally think the school is good for her. I have had some issues with the work being too easy, time consuming, and boring, but the principal and teacher seem to be responding to those concerns and are encouraging frequent communication. I do think there needs to be more of a warm fuzzy creative hands on aspect to the gifted program but there are some fun/unusual things like the Friday afternoon clubs, Chinese instruction, and the character education storyteller who comes once a week. Most importantly, my child has really found friends who she can relate to. The kids and parents are great. There are a lot of talented and interesting parents who are sharing their expertise with the school.
This is my daughter's second year at the school. We absolutely love principal Dr. Denny and her gifted Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Yaksic. Yes, gifted education both here and the more recognized gifted school Kennard means that the children learn at an accelerated level (one grade up). She has gone from knowing some sight words to almost a third grade reading level in just 10 months during Kindergarten. Having to read a minimum of 7 books a week as our consistent weekly assignment to both parent/child truly paid off no matter how tedious it was certain weeks. A child's growth depends not only on teachers but very much so on the parents. The PTO is very active, especially in terms of the participation from parents of the gifted classes. One thing I would like to see is more active participation from the upper grades. While there is always room for improvement, I am very happy with the school overall, especially since I don't have to pay a cent in tuition. If I feel that there is something that needs to be improved, it is up to me to do something about it.
This school is now "gifted", which is actually not even accurate, it is ACCELERATED by one grade (K does 1st gr work, 1st does 2nd etc.). Even for a "gifted" program, the amount of work is ridiculous. 12 pages of homework per week that has to be perfect or it has to be re-done is NUTS!!!!! 5 year-olds should be playing! If work is not completed, then the children are kept in for recess. This school cares nothing about what it is doing to children's self-esteem. Be perfect or be punished?!? NO THANKS!!!!!
My son attended Mallinckrodt Academy for preschool, and next year he will begin kindergarten. The preschool teacher was excellent with the children, the parents and the staff. Communication has been excellent thus far. We are the guinea pigs of the new focus of this magnet school, but we have a dedicated group of parents and teachers (PTO) that want to make this school as good, if not better, than Kennard. I would highly recommend this school to other families that love their city, but also have high expectations for education.
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