By Daniel Hutti, CBN Graduate Research Assistant

In this week’s Community Builders Exchange, we are featuring an op-ed written by Christie Huck, the Executive Director of City Garden Montessori Charter School, on “Achieving Equity Through School and Neighborhood Integration.” If you haven’t had a chance to read her op-ed, you can check it out here. Her op-ed suggests  that addressing racial and economic segregation in St. Louis can be achieved by integrating schools.

The maps featured in this week’s newsletter take a look at the racial and economic make-up of school districts in St. Louis City and County. These maps will not be too surprising for most people familiar with the St. Louis region. From these maps, we can see that the most racially diverse school districts in the region are in the central and northwestern parts of St. Louis County. North county is almost exclusively non-white, and south county is almost all white.

The percentage of students enrolled in a free and reduced lunch program closely reflects the racial make up of the school districts. In school districts that are highly non-white, there is a higher percentage of students enrolled in free and reduced lunch. School districts that are more racially diverse or mostly white tend to have lower rates of free and reduced lunch enrollment.

These maps also show that school districts in the central area of St. Louis county have higher college attendance rates than in north and south St. Louis County. The lowest rates of college attendance exist in the north. Alternatively, dropout rates appear to be highest in the City of St. Louis, and lowest in parts of south St. Louis County, as well as Clayton, Brentwood, and Maplewood-Richmond Heights schools districts.

To see maps featured in previous editions of the Community Builders Exchange, click here.


School Districts

St. Louis City and County School Districts (Click to enlarge)


% Nonwhite

Free and Reduced Lunch


Dropout Rate