• pic Full Service Schools


    Our History:

    For 45 years, the program has maintained the trust and support of community residents in the most challenged St. Louis neighborhoods where the highest need for supplemental academic services exists.  Services are currently provided through four Full Service Schools located throughout St. Louis.  Each Full Service School has its own community council that meets on a monthly basis to engage in community and school needs assessments as well as program planning and evaluation.  They work to: assist and support community members who participate on the community councils; interface with organize site volunteers; oversee operations and programs at the Full Service Schools; and nurture and sustain relationships with neighborhood resources. 

    Our Focus:

    Full Service Schools are an important response to the realities of education faced by many children, families, and schools today. In its ideal state, a full service school is open to the community before, during, and after normal school hours, seven days a week, all year long. It is characterized by strong partnering with community service providers and the engagement of families, youth, school staff, and neighborhood residents helping to design and implement activities and services. The primary focus is providing a variety of programs with educational opportunities that promote a high educational achievement and positive youth development through improved attendance and behavior.

    Our Mission:

    The overarching goal of the Full Service Schools model is to decrease the level of youth crime in the city of St. Louis and work with parents, guardians and families to improve their child’s daily school attendance and behavior.  Project activities will include the following:  (1) Increasing access for at-risk youth to community-based behavioral, emotional and mental health services; (2)  Providing leadership teams at each of the district’s four Full Service Schools with Trauma Informed Programming for Schools; and (3) Supporting members of each Full Service School community council with Youth Mental Health First Aid training provided by trained district staff.

    The Model:

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is an international program to help individuals:  (1) increase their knowledge of signs, symptoms, and risk factors of youth mental illnesses; (2) Identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for youth exhibiting signs of a mental illness; and (3) increase their confidence in and likelihood to help a young person in distress. 

    Additionally, the school is oriented toward the community, encouraging student learning through community service and service learning. A before and after school learning component encourages students to build on their classroom experiences, expand their horizons, contribute to their communities, and have fun. A family support dimension helps families with child rearing, employment, housing, and other issues and problems. College faculty and students, business people, youth workers, neighbors, and family members come together to support and bolster what schools are working hard to accomplish – ensuring young people’s academic, interpersonal, and career success.

    Over time, the Full Service Schools consciously tries to integrate activities in several areas to achieve the desired results: quality education, positive youth development, family support, family and community engagement in decision making, and community development. In this process, the school emerges as a community hub, a one-stop center to meet diverse needs and to achieve the best possible outcomes for each child and member of the community.

    The funding of this project is financed in part through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Community Development Administration under the provision of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1947 (Pub L, 93-383 42 USC 5301 et seq.) and/or HOME Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended (Public Law 101-625)

    Services Provided:

    Adult Enrichment/Remediation

    • GED Equivalency  
    • CNA Classes
    • EMT Classes


    Family Support/Preservation

    • Parenting Skills
    • Small Group Therapy
    • Individual Therapy
    • Nutrition Classes
    • Trauma Support Groups


    Youth Programming/Activities

    • Afterschool Tutoring
    • Open Gym
    • Girl Scouts
    • Soccer
    • Boy Scouts
    • Computer Lab



    2014-2015 Full Service Schools

    Oak Hill Elementary School

    4300 Morganford

    Saint  Louis, Missouri

    Patrice Crotty, Coordinator

    314-345-5660, office number


    Walbridge Elementary School

    5000 Davison

    Saint Louis, Missouri

    Jessica Roberts, Coordinator

    314-261-8282, Office Number


    Yeatman Middle School

    4265 Athlone

    Saint Louis, Missouri

    Melissa Nash, Coordinator

    314-261-8134, Office Number


    Vashon High School

    3035 Cass

    Saint Louis, Missouri

    Natasha Woodard, Coordinator

    314-652-9961, Office Number