The school was slated to be shut down back in 2009 when the school board was downsizing to cut costs associated with the declining city population and enrollment in the public schools. The neighborhood banded together to keep the school open. The school survived and was set up as the 2nd gifted program starting in the 2010/2011 school year. Mallinckrodt is transitioning into a full-time gifted curriculum school, one grade per year as students currently attending are promoted over time and graduate out of fifth grade.
Kennard Classical Junior Academy (KCJA) is a magnet school within the St. Louis Public School System, focusing on "gifted programs" serving children grades pre-Kindergarten through 5th. The school has been located at 5031 Potomac Avenue in the North Hampton Neighborhood since 1928.
The school building itself is another St. Louis masterpiece designed by Milligan. Most recently the school served as a Junior Naval ROTC Middle School until it was closed in 1989 and then reopened in 1990 as the first gifted and talented magnet in St. Louis. The building appears to be hear for the long run as the district recently invested in new central HVAC and the recent Proposition S passage brought a new roof, paved/resurfaced parking lot & playground, building & security upgrades, building envelope (whatever that means), new kitchen equipment, window replacements, and window shades. Glad to see the investment being made is this beautiful asset to the city.