Thursday, June 30, 2011

All-girls St. Paul Public Middle School targets STEM

The Laura Jeffrey Academy, Minnesota's first all-girl charter school, held graduation ceremonies for its first ever class of 8th graders.

The charter school, which teaches fifth through eighth grades, attempts to build the confidence of girls and push their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts and math through a year-round project-based model.

Since it opened in 2008, the St. Paul charter school has doubled in size from its original enrollment of 100 students.

The academy started with fifth-graders and added on a grade each year.

Laura Jeffrey, the school's namesake, died in 2003. She was one of the first African-American female students at Macalester College. She graduated with honors and became one of the first African-American librarians in the St. Paul library system.

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