Graduation is special for every school, but for the classes of 2016 at Confluence Charter Schools, it’s a different kind of special.Grand Center Arts Academy will celebrate its first graduating class in school history on May 24. Confluence Preparatory Academy will celebrate its fifth graduating class on May 19. Both schools are young, and both are making strides as public charter high schools in St. Louis. The First Class When Grand Center Arts Academy opened in 2010-2011 as a performing arts charter school, the students were sixth and seventh graders. Classes were held at Third Baptist Church in the Grand Center district. In 2011-2012, GCAA moved to its current location, the Beaux Arts Building, across from Powell Symphony Hall. Once upon a time, GCAA had been a parking garage. High above windows and an archway facing Grand Boulevard, Carter Carburetor Corporation is engraved in stone. For full article . . .