We want our admissions process to be simple, friendly, purposeful and collaborative.

Welcome to ATI St. Louis

We are glad you are considering ATI St. Louis. We know that choosing a school for your adolescent is a big decision, and we look forward to partnering with you throughout the process.

What makes ATI St. Louis unique is our holistic approach to growth and learning through real-world opportunities, individualized pathways within a strong community setting, and supportive one-on-one relationships between students and staff. Our Socratic-based approach fosters analytical thinking with an understanding of others’ perspectives. ATI St. Louis students are owners of their experience, and are encouraged to take healthy risks in a safe environment that encourages each student to meet their full potential as they prepare for life beyond secondary school.

The best way to understand ATI St. Louis is to see it in action. When you tour our campus, you’ll see classes in progress, meet our remarkable staff, and hear from students about their experiences within the program. Ready to learn more? Schedule a tour below!

Admissions Process & Timeline

We want our admissions process to be simple, friendly, purposeful and collaborative. We’ve laid out the key aspects of our admissions process below to make it easy for you to see each step along the way.

For the 2020-21 school year, we welcome all grade levels and are especially eager to welcome 7th graders to our community, as well as high school students eager to take on the challenge of our IB offerings.

There are 3 key steps in our admissions process.

Step 1 – Learn about ATI by attending one or more of our events this fall.

Step 2 – Consider a Shadow Day this fall to experience a day in the life of ATI.

Step 3 – Submit your application to ATI, which includes financial aid if necessary, by January 14, 2020.

If you are considering transferring to ATI St. Louis for the current 2019-20 school year, please go here to learn about our transfer process.

We'd love to meet you!

As a first step, we’d love to meet you!

We have a range of opportunities for interested families and students to learn about ATI, talk to our staff, and begin the admissions process.

Book a Tour. We offer tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long, and are an opportunity to talk to staff, visit a class, and answer questions. Space is limited. Please sign up here to secure a space on an upcoming tour.

Contact us. If you want to reach out directly to start a conversation, we’d love to hear from you. You can email admissions directly at stlouis@thoughtandindustry.com, or call us at 314-884-1637.

Sign Up for a Shadow Day

Once we’ve had a chance to meet and you're ready to learn more about the ATI experience, we ask that students sign up to attend a Shadow Day at ATI. Our shadow day allows prospective students to have an authentic day-in-the-life experience of our school, to connect with current students and staff, and to engage in our learning community. We welcome students and provide support and check-ins throughout the day to make sure they have what they need to feel comfortable and engaged.

Apply to ATI St. Louis

Our application for 2020-21 will be available September 21, 2019.

We partner with TADS to manage your application in one convenient place.

Here's what to expect in TADS:

  1. Parents will be asked to share contact information.

  2. Students will be asked to answer a set of application questions so we can get to know them better.

  3. Students will be asked to provide current transcripts.

  4. Students will be asked to provide 2 letters of recommendation from adults who know your student well.

  5. If your family is applying for financial aid, you will be asked to submit appropriate financial information in TADS as part of your application.

  6. All applications should be submitted no later than January 14, 2020.

To begin your application for enrolling your student at ATI in the fall of 2020, please start by signing up here with TADS.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at ATI St. Louis is $13,950 for the 2020-21 school year.

In addition to our new scholarship contest, we offer generous financial aid based on demonstrated need and would like to partner with you to help you afford ATI. Approximately 66% of our ATI St. Louis families receive financial aid.

Our financial aid decisions are made independent of admissions decisions.

Your financial aid application is a part of your application in TADS.

If you have questions about financial aid, please contact: financialaid@tohigherground.com.

Transfer to ATI

If you are interested in transferring to ATI St. Louis in the current 2019-20 school year, please complete our interest form, and you will be contacted within 48 hours to have an initial conversation.

The transfer process requires an initial phone or in-person conversation to get to know each other, a completed application, a shadow day visit and interview, and a completed financial aid application (if needed).

We have limited spaces available through the first semester so we encourage you to contact us via our interest form as a first step as soon as possible.

Admissions Calendar


  • September 21: Application Available

  • Open House: Sunday, September 29, 1 – 3 PM

  • Tours: every week, Tuesdays and Thursdays


  • October 1: Shadowing Starts — Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays only

  • Wednesday, October 16: Community and Culture Night, 6 - 8 PM

  • Open House: Sunday, October 27 from 1 - 3 PM

  • Tours: every week, Tuesdays and Thursdays


  • Shadow days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

  • Tours: every week, Tuesdays and Thursdays


  • Shadow days on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

  • Shadowing ends December 12

  • Tours: every week, Tuesdays and Thursdays


  • Open House: January 12, 2020

  • Application Deadline, January 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM


  • Incoming Family Welcome Night

Enter the ATI Scholarship Contest

Submissions Due January 15, 2020




This year, ATI will be running its first national scholarship competition. More than $1 million in scholarships will be offered for those teens (age 13 – 18) who are exceptional thinkers and doers. The application deadline is January 15th, 2020 for new candidates (who must be students planning to enroll in August 2020). Winners will be announced March 2, 2020.

In judging the contest, we are looking for:

  • Teens who pursue intellectual work for its own sake, and who are already serious about their intellectual achievements. Have you written a novel? Does your GitHub profile show a major contribution to an Open Source project? Have you discovered a new direction in science? Written a screenplay? We are open to any sort of intellectual achievement.

  • Teens who have achieved in the real world. Have you started a company? Launched a social enterprise? Do you have a digital media empire? Have you organized major events? Again, we are open to any sort of real-world achievement.

Show us what you’ve got! Applicants should submit evidence of their accomplishment(s) along with a 300-500 word narrative explaining its purpose, significance and summary of the accomplishment. You should provide the judges with a clear understanding of why you believe your submission deserves to win.

One national winner will be awarded, with the award applicable to campus of choice. Regional and runner up winners will be awarded at each of our four locations (Austin, San Francisco, New York, and St. Louis). The prize tiers are as follows:

  • National Champion Thinker and Doer: Full tuition to ATI until graduation (up to $200,000 value).

  • Regional champions: 50% annual ATI tuition scholarship each year until graduation (up to $100,000 value).

  • Runners-up: 25% annual ATI tuition scholarship each year until graduation (up to $50,000 value).

For more about the prizes and rules, and for information about our esteemed panel of judges, you can download further details here.

You can enter the scholarship contest today by filling out our form here. If you have any questions, please contact info@thoughtandindustry.com. If you would like to speak with anyone at ATI St. Louis, please contact us here.

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