Fresh Start @ Sumner

Achieving Excellence

Director's Message

  • Dr MAE

    Greetings SLPS Students,

    I am excited to welcome students back to Fresh Start Academy and invite students to consider Fresh Start Academy as their center of choice. Our program has certified teachers excited to pour their expertise into the lives of 17-21 year old students seeking a fresh start in life. Students who attend the center have an opportunity to earn their high school diploma after dropping out, develop life skills, and seek their purpose in life.

    As a first generation high school and college graduate, I understand the challenges students in poverty face to become successful. I was blessed to overcome challenges and develop a love for education and serving others. I am honored to lead Fresh Start Academy and help students remove barriers to success and pursue their dreams.  

    Click here to read Dr. Miranda Avant-Elliott's Bio


Mission and Vision


    Fresh Start Academy


    The mission of the Fresh Start Academy is to remove barriers to academic success and provide a fresh start to students who are seeking other options to obtaining a high school diploma and gaining success readiness skills.



    Students will be equipped with the success readiness skills necessary to become leaders, pursue their career goals, and be change agents in the communities in which they live. 



    4248 W. Cottage Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63113
    Office 314-531-2220
    Fax 314-531-5851 or 314-244-1930
    Director: Dr. Miranda Avant-Elliott

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Program Overview

  • What is the Missouri Options Program?

    The Missouri Options Program is for students who have the capabilities to complete the high school graduation requirements of the State of Missouri, but lack the credits to graduate with their cohort and are at risk of leaving school without a high school diploma.

    The program specifically serves students ages 17-21 who are at least one year behind their cohort group or for other significant reasons, identified in the local Missouri Options Program Plan.

    Missouri Options is a competency-based program that is not dependent on credits for students to graduate.  Student must successfully complete specific program requirements to participate in graduation and receive a high school diploma.


    How Do You Get Started?

    1. Call the office at (314) 531-2220. To enroll, you will need the following documents on hand:
      • State ID or Driver’s License
      • Social Security Card
      • Copy of Immunization Records
      • Copy of Birth Certificate
      • Proof of St. Louis City residency

     Schedule to take the TABE placement exam at Fresh Start Monday or Wednesday. The (TABE) is designed to assess student’s academic readiness skills. For free prep, go to‎