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Ames VPA Elementary School

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Welcome to Ames VPA

  • Mission Statement

    Ames Visual and Performing Arts’ mission, shared values, beliefs and vision is to set the highest standards for students and to provide a strong instructional program with an “Arts” emphasis, which is our magnet focus.

    We will motivate students to excel academically and socially.  These objectives are nurtured in an environment that enables students to develop to their fullest potential.

    We seek to develop responsible, competent, self-directed and contributing citizens in an increasingly technological society.

    Ames Visual and Performing Arts School is an elementary magnet school whose focus is the visual and performing arts: art, vocal music, band, and dance.  Children receive specialized training in a variety of arts activities and perform at school and throughout the community.  The student population is Preschool through grade 5.  The major goal at Ames VPA is to integrate the arts into content areas of the curriculum.  By doing this, it is hoped that a universal exposure to and appreciation for the arts will be achieved.  Students are challenged by a rigorous curriculum and emphasis is placed on individual achievement in basic skills.

    Opportunities for growth are provided in the areas of self-esteem and personal responsibility.  Specialized learning needs are met through special education and Title 1 programs.  These programs provide instruction for identified students to supplement the regular classroom instruction.

    At Ames VPA, education is the mutual responsibility of students, parents and staff.

    Eligible students completing the 5th grade at Ames VPA are guaranteed a seat at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School.

    The Facts

    Grades:    Pre-Kindergarten— 5th grade and Special Education

    School Hours:           9:10a.m. — 4:07p.m.

    Principal: JaVeeta L. Prince

    Family and Community Specialist: Bobby Trussell

    Enrollment:              402


    Accordance with the “No Child Left Behind Act” we have highly qualified teachers


    School Honors:  Exceeded school district baseline for school attendance.

    Student Awards: Students selected to perform in the Muny Opera and students also received the Gateway Young Achievers’ Award.

    Location: On the corner of Hadley St. & St. Louis Ave.

    Nearest major intersection: Hwy. 70 and St. Louis Ave.

    Historical Neighborhood: Old North Saint Louis

Principal's Corner


    Mrs. Prince Welcome

    On behalf of the Ames Staff, I would like to say, "Welcome to Ames Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School!"  You are now a "Star."  With our staff and district planning for this school year, it is our goal to provide your family with a quality education.  The Ames family consists of people that want to make a positive difference in your child's educational endeavors.  From the custodial staff to the teacher's assistant- the adults at Ames are willing to go that extra mile for children.  We appreciate your contributions to our school.  We strive to ensure that your children shine and soar beyond what is anticipated.
    JaVeeta L. Prince, Principal

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  • Telephone
    Important Telephone Numbers
    Social Worker
    314-241-7165 x20124
    314-241-7165 x 20116
    District Office
    Enrollment Information
    Food Services
    Magnet Schools
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  • The bell time for the 2016-2017 School year

    9:10am - 4:07pm



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