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Charter School Office

Southeast Missouri State University sponsors one charter public Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) consisting of Pr K, one elementary school, one middle school and one high school in St. Louis, Missouri.

A charter school is an independent public school that operates under a contract, (referred to as the "charter") with its sponsor, usually a public entity such as a state university. For more information on charter schools visit the Missouri Charter Public School Association. Please also visit the National Association of Charter School Authorizers for more information on charter school authorizers and sponsors.

To get more information about SEMO sponsored charter schools consult the Charter School Handbook or the SEMO Charter School Application Process. Any additional questions please contact Dr. Diana Bourisaw, SEMO Charter School Liaison at

Lift for Life

Lift for Life Academy

The Academy, located in what was originally the Manufacturers Bank and Trust building, then later a Mercantile Bank, was established to provide an education to middle school students. The school expanded first to the high school level and then in 2019 opened an elementary school. The academy now serves over 750 students in grades PK-12.

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College of Education, Health and Human Studies
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701