Rockwood School District
111 East North Street, Eureka, MO 63025
Phone (636) 733-2000 · Fax (636) 733-8851
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FAQ: Student Transfer Program

​​​​​​​​​​​Get answers to frequently asked questions about the program here.​ 

  • The program was established to increase racial integration in our metropolitan area under a Settlement Agreement approved by the federal court in 1983.  The Agreement allows African-American students residing in the City of St. Louis to attend participating school districts in St. Louis County - providing certain eligibility requirements for behavior and residency are met. The program also allows non-African-American students who live in suburban school districts to transfer into St. Louis magnet schools.​
  • About 1,700 Rockwood students are from city neighborhoods whose families are participating in the voluntary transfer program.​
  • Funding to support the transfer program is received from the State of Missouri through its public aid sources.  State aid follows the student from their district of residence to the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC).  VICC then reimburses Rockwood for the student's tuition - with the current reimbursement maximum allowed at $7,200. Rockwood carefully reviews its cost structure, enrollment numbers and staffing levels to ensure that reimbursement payments are sufficient to cover the costs of participating in the VICC program.

    During the school year, Rockwood will receive about 6.2 percent of its operating revenue from the VICC program.  Rockwood carefully monitors its cost structure, enrollment numbers, and staffing levels to ensure that reimbursement payments are sufficient to cover the incremental cost of participating in the program.​
  • VICC provides and pays for the transportation of students participating in the program out of the VICC budget.  The average one-way ride time is about 54 minutes. The goal is to schedule school bus transportation; however, cabs may be used if needed.​
  • Learning in a diverse classroom helps all students prepare for life in a world that is becoming increasingly global.  A variety of studies indicate that students who have had a desegregated educational experience are more likely to have positive racial attitudes and success in integrated environments throughout their lives.  A more diverse classroom help to promote greater acceptance and understanding of race and culture.​
  • The Voluntary Student Transfer program removes barriers and gives young people from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds the tools they need to succeed. Studies conducted by VICC and Rockwood show a higher graduation rate of 93 percent in Rockwood compared to 67 percent in the City of St. Louis.​
  • Currently, new students are eligible to be enrolled at least through the 2023-2024 school year with an extension of the Settlement Agreement.  Once enrolled, students may continue their education in their chosen suburban district through graduation.​