Educational Institutions

ACADEMY OF ST LOUIS

Providing Hope, Promise, and Opportunity to Students with Learning Challenges

Chesterfield, MO   |  acadstl.org

Mission

The Academy of St. Louis assists Kindergarden through 12th-grade students with cognitive learning disabilities and developmental delays. The Academy of St. Louis provides each student with a safe and nurturing environment, individualized and challenging curriculum, social integration skills and faith formation. The Academy of St. Louis aids each student in reaching their highest potential providing them with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in life.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Academy of St. Louis serves students with learning disabilities or developmental delays who have generally attended 2-3 schools before enrolling in our program. The students we accept have been in educational environments that were not compatible with their learning styles. Many times they are physically or emotionally bullied, misunderstood by their teacher, peers and school administration. This leaves the student frustrated with their work but also creates frustration and disappointment within themselves.The Academy offers a safe, nurturing environment allowing our students the opportunity to succeed academically. Our students' Full-Scale IQ ranges from 50-130, therefore, each student has their own academic, social, life skills and transition program adapted to fit their needs. Our teacher to student ratio is 6:2. The Academy is a "Trauma-Informed School." All staff members are trained in this methodology with continued professional development throughout each school year.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Terri O'Daniel

Main address

1633 Kehrs Mill Rd Bldg B

Chesterfield, MO 63005 USA

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EIN

73-1712404

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many times students diagnosed with particular learning disabilities, developmental delays and mental health issues are categorized as behavior problems, underachievers, lazy, and attention seeking individuals. Many of our students have attended more than 3-4 schools including public, private, parochial, and other special education programs until they are enrolled at the Academy. Our goal is to create a safe, nurturing, stable learning environment where these same students can regain their self-confidence, self-respect and conquer the fears they have developed through their life. Through a relationship-based program built on trust and support, our students are surrounded by professional staff trained to aid in their academic and emotional recovery. The Academy is a "trauma-Informed school" designed to transition students with learning disabilities, developmental delays and emotional trauma successfully into the next stage of their lives!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academy of St Louis School

The Academy of St. Louis fills the gap for students who do not fit the mold of other special education schools or classrooms. All students attending the Academy have attended at least 2-4 different public, private, or parochial schools that have left their emotional and educational needs unmet, before finding success at the Academy. While there are other schools in St. Louis for students with learning disabilities, there are none who offer the individualized curriculum with detailed accommodations along with a student to teacher ratio of 3:1 ensuring each child’s success. This approach allows the students to accelerate in their areas of strength and move slowly through their areas of difficulty. The majority of our students will transition into a 2-year college, while others enter technical/trade schools or gain employment after graduating from our school. The Academy will provide a safe, nurturing environment enabling each child to grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
K-12 (5-19 years)

Preparing students to transition into adulthood in a healthy, viable manner creating self-esteem and self-confidence. Helping to assure each student has a role to play within their community upon graduation.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
General/Unspecified
Budget
$499

Where we work

Accreditations

North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation 2004

Affiliations & memberships

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2004

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Academy of St. Louis students gain the emotional, academic and life skills needed to transition into a successful, productive, healthy, happy young adult. Academy students are availed an individualized curriculum tailored to their specific learning style in all five transition areas. This includes education, Independent Living, Work, Leisure and Community Involvement. A collaborative effort among the student's transition team begins at enrollment with surveys given to the student and parent. All aspects of our program are designed to maximize success in transitioning from the Academy into post-secondary adulthood.

Strategies are developed by the Academy transition team beginning with enrollment with an Interest Survey given to the student and a Long-Term Transition Survey given to both the student and parent. Testing is completed by students to determine the level of ability, areas of strengths and challenges within each Transition area. Transition goals are defined including rubrics to meet each goal in the following areas: Education (Academics), Independent Living, Work, Leisure and Community Involvement. Goals are then established within each area of transition. Transition goals are measured every three weeks by a member of the Transition Team and are reviewed with student and parents every 8-10 weeks.

The Academy's Budget and Annual Plan reflects our commitment to excellence in teaching the area of special education. Our teachers are trained and mentored in a specific behavioral model conducive to students who have been diagnosed with one or more learning disabilities. The Academy's low, 3:1 student to teacher ratio combined with it's small, relationship-based learning environment sets the stage for successful transition into a successful post-secondary experience for each student. With IQ's ranging from 50-130, the Academy strategically plans each student's personalized academic, social, and life skills curriculum to meet our goal of graduating happy, well-balanced, & productive young adults into their local communities.

All curriculum has been developed with rubrics and goals appropriate for each student's short and long-term goals relating to their success in the post-secondary arena. Pre and post testing is done in conjunction with all studies, annual standardized testing, CBM (Curriculum Based Monitoring), following guidelines from our accreditation organization (AdvancEd), daily staff meetings, bi-monthly parent and teacher/administration meetings, Classroom Observations by Board Members and Administration, student weekly counseling sessions with our Licensed Counselor, bi-monthly transition meetings, hands-on learning and weekly experiential field trips, all serve to promote stability, confidence and success for all students who graduate from the Academy of St. Louis.

95% of all students graduating from the Academy of St. Louis have successfully matriculated into post-secondary education. Many students have transitioned back to their home school after completing 2-3 years at the Academy. All students have secured part-time employment after graduation. Most importantly, while attending the Academy, students have found friendship for the first time, have been inspired by their peers and are looking towards a healthy, happy future.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Special Education