Académie Lafayette – Cherry St. Campus

Public Charter • K-5

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate the children of Kansas City to become globally minded, locally active, critical thinkers through immersion in world languages and cultures.


Additional Information: Academie Lafayette offers a total French immersion program. The regular school curriculum is taught entirely in French.

Tuition: NO Tuition
Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available
Participating SchoolAppKC School

Points of Pride

High MAP scores.
Teachers from this school come from over 23 different countries across the world!
All children will graduate with fluency in 3 languages, French, English, and a third language of choice, Spanish or Mandarin.

Académie Lafayette – Cherry St. Campus

3421 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
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Admissions: Christy White
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Académie Lafayette - Cherry St. Campus

School Details

Year Established: 1999
Total Enrollment: 465
School Type: Public Charter
Sponsor: Saint Louis University
School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:45 pm


Tuition: NO Tuition


Feeder Schools

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • IB
  • Language Immersion


  • Literature

Sports Programs

  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Indoor Track (Boys)
  • Indoor Track (Girls)

Clubs & Activities

  • Culinary Arts
  • Robotics

Social Services

  • BackSnack Program
  • Health Clinic
  • Interpreters
  • School Breakfast
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Uniform Closet
  • Vision Services

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Field Trip Chaperone
  • Parent Book Clubs
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent-Community Association
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

Application Open: November 11, 2023
Application Close: March 1, 2024
Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31
Residence: Students must live within KCPS boundaries.

How to Apply

Academie Lafayette is one of the Kansas City charter schools working together to simplify their initial application process into one easy 8-question form – SchoolAppKC – that you can fill out on any electronic device.

*Note: If our school does not have space for your child, you may choose to remain on their waitlist.

*Note: Students without prior French experience are only accepted in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 9th grade.

Admission Preferences

  • Siblings
  • Employee
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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
  • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

Public schools also require:

  • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
  • Parent or guardian photo ID

Standardized Test Results


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.


* Indicates data has been suppressed due to a small student sample.

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90


Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Third Grade Reading Scores


Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.

In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source

Student Growth

English Language Arts

On Track

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).


On Track

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

KaMille Washington, Academie Lafayette Parent

My name is KaMille Washington and my daughter and I joined the Academie Lafayette Family in 2013. I did some research and looked up the benefits of children going to a foreign language full immersion school. I then specifically looked at the test scores of Academie Lafayette and I was very impressed with how well they did in comparison to other Missouri schools. So I decided to apply. So one week into our academic year I received a call from Academie Lafayette and my daughter began a new school that next week. She was nervous, I was nervous, but I did not want to miss the opportunity. We have loved our experience at Academie Lafayette. 

Not only did I develop a relationship with my daughter’s teacher I also developed a relationship with the receptionist who became very familiar with my daughter, myself, and my daughter’s grandmother who came to pick her up from time to time. I also became close with the counselor, the school nurse, and other administrators and we all worked together to support my daughter in whatever way she needed. They also were a support to me and whatever way I needed and addressed any concerns as quickly as they possibly could. I thought it was awesome that the school counselor would come into the classroom and talk about character traits and character development with the children. My daughter has won the award for integrity and the empathy award and even better that she was able to fully understand and able to articulate what those traits meant to her. 

I love being part of the Academie Lafayette Family. I must admit I was nervous initially because of the foreign language component and I had no experience speaking French. But my daughter has flourished and loves her school community. I would encourage any parent to do research, visit the school, ask questions, and should you decide to become a part of the Academie Lafayette Family I am confident that you will not be disappointed!