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Tiger Academy at Hollister Schools is a 21st Century Community Learning Center that serves over 350 students each year.  Through a focus on creative college and career readiness programming, Tiger Academy empowers early childhood and elementary students to “discover their future stories” and middle and high school students to “create their future stories.”

The goal of the Tiger Academy program is to provide students in grades K-12 with an awareness of the variety of careers available to them and the skills needed to achieve them.



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Traci Critser

Program Director
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Stacy Herion

Tiger Academy I Site Director
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Heather Anderson

Tiger Academy I Assistant Site Director
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Katie Schiefelbein

Tiger Academy III Site Director

Tiger Academy I (K-5)  Facebook

After-School Program:

Tiger Academy I is a daily after-school program for students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Tiger Academy I is open every day school is in session from after school until 6:00 p.m. Current programming is called Life Hacks. “Tired of pesky little obstacles that make life difficult? Looking for creative ways to solve everyday annoyances? Maybe it’s time for some awesome Life Hacks!” Students will explore, design, and create tricks, shortcuts, and novelty methods that increase productivity and efficiency in unique ways. With a bit of creativity, thought, and experimentation, students can simplify life with Life Hacks! New this year will be a daily technology component with grade-level academic games.

We are continuing to offer special pricing again this year.  For students who qualify for free or reduced lunch tuition is $50 per month.  Tuition for students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will only be $75 per month this year.  Tuition includes a light meal/snack after school. Tuition is due on the first day of each month.

Tiger Academy II (6-8) Facebook

Tiger Academy II is an after-school club program for sixth- eighth-grade students.

The first rotation of Tiger Academy II Clubs will begin in late September with Cooking and Dungeons and Dragons. Each club will meet twice per week. There will be a signup sheet for each  6-week club rotation.  Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Esports is offered for grades 6-8th, and tryouts for teams are held on the first of every semester.

There is no fee to join any of these exciting programs.

Tiger Academy III (9-12)

Tiger Academy III is for students in grades ninth through twelfth. Students in this program may participate in Esports and Leadership 220.

Tryouts for Esports teams are held on the first of every semester.

Students on the Leadership Team will get the chance to develop their leadership skills through the Live 220 Program. During the fall semester, students participate in a lead internship program to work through ideas and issues with the goal of interns being placed in jobs/positions in the spring semester.

This year a grant through the Missouri Chamber Foundation will integrate students in Tiger Academy III with business owners and their employees to provide students with insight into a particular career, allow the students to explore different areas of interest, and find a career that is a good fit for them. The first phase will pair students with a career mentor. Students will visit job and training sites, which could potentially allow for an opportunity to intern at those businesses.

There are no fees for Tiger Academy III programs.

Tiger Academy II & III Sponsored Activities


  • To enroll contact Traci Critser at