Lift for Life Academy

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Lift For Life Academy
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Lift For Life Academy
1731 S Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri

United States
Coordinates 38°36′32″N 90°11′59″W / 38.60889°N 90.19972°W / 38.60889; -90.19972Coordinates: 38°36′32″N 90°11′59″W / 38.60889°N 90.19972°W / 38.60889; -90.19972
Type Charter school
Motto Failure Is Not An Option
Established 1998
School district St. Louis City Public School
Principal David Lemay
Faculty 31.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 6th-12th
Enrollment 348[1] (2008–09)
Student to teacher ratio 11.2:1[1]
Color(s) Red, Black, Gold
Slogan Where Learning Comes Alive
Mascot Hawk
Nickname LFLA
Team name Lift For Life Hawks

Lift For Life Academy is a middle and high school founded in 1998 by Marshall Cohen. It was the first charter school in St. Louis, Missouri.

The idea for the Academy grew out of Cohen's other nonprofit organization, Lift For Life Gym which was once a garage, an after-school center for at-risk children located on the north side of St. Louis, 14th & Cass. Begun in 1988 as a gym for inner-city youth, the organization has since expanded to offer a variety of educational and recreational programs and activities.


The Lift For Life Academy building was originally a bank, built in 1903. Marshall Cohen later bought the building to start the first charter school with his goal to start a school so that children could have a future to look up to. Lift For Life Academy opened in 1998 starting with 88 students; it was led by JoAnn Perkins, the first principal. It eventually expanded to a high school in the year of 2008-2009.


Southeast Missouri State University sponsor Lift For Life Academy. Every year the LFLA counselors take many students to SEMO to show what college life looks like. 78% of the students at Lift For Life Academy High plan on attending SEMO for their college years.


JoAnn Perkins: 1999-2003.. Anthony Taylor: 2003-2005.. Katrice Noble: 2005–2012.. David Lemay: 2012-present.. Dean of Students: Chandra Palmer

Middle School Number of Students[edit]

6th Grade: 81.. 7th Grade:79.. 8th Grade:89..

High School Number of Students[edit]

Freshman:85 Sophomore:77 Junior:77

LFLA Students Record[edit]

Student Enrollment:485.. White Students:27.. African American:453.. Hispanic:3.. Asian:1.. Females:263.. Males:222..


This is lift For Life Academy 4th year of having athletic strong young minded students. 320 students are active in the 9 different sports that are played each season. Cross Country.. Cheerleading.. Volleyball: (won 2 out of 7 games).. Basketball.. Football..(won 1 out of five games): Head coach:Gary johnson Track:(Qualified for states two times).. Soccer.. Wrestling .. Tennis..

LFLA Ambassordors[edit]

Students who are called the leaders of the school that represent and show great character.

Participate in many community services


  1. ^ a b c "Lift for Life Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2010-10-02. "Students: 348 (2008-2009)"

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