Every parent seeks a solid school experience for his or her child that offers robust educational curriculum along with an accepting, uplifting environment promoting independence.
A rich student life is essential to a full school experience. We encourage students to participate in student council, track, swimming, cheer-leading/spirit team leaders, the ACCESS Adventure summer program, and monthly evening events. Finally, high school students and alumni are invited to ACCESS Prom, which is hosted by Little Rock Christian Academy.
“ACCESS Academy was created with a true academics-first philosophy. We offer a rigorous curriculum. It is also our intention to offer students a full school experience, including social and extracurricular activities during and beyond the school day.” – Cheri Stevenson, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Operations
ACCESS Academy is the perfect solution for students who struggle with language learning differences:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Disorders of Written Expression or Dysgraphia
- Reading Disorders
- Speech and/or language disorders
- Developmental Delays
Technology is an important element in the 21st-century classrooms. We do not host a “technology lab” where technology is a stand-alone component. At ACCESS, students “use” technology as they learn. Classrooms are equipped with an array of educational technology including iPads, laptops, speakers, document cameras and projectors providing teaching staff with tools necessary for classroom demonstration and student engagement. Today, students “use” technology as a learning and compensation tool. In this age of technology, we depend on simple and complex pieces of technology to communicate, shop, work and play.
Vocational or career education is more comprehensive than job training; it teaches people to be a part of a community. This process starts with elementary aged students when they are learning independence and self help skills. At ACCESS, younger children are learning responsibility, how to care for others, self-awareness, habits of cleanliness, following directions, behavior management, independence, effective communication and decision-making skills. These community skills, which will have a direct impact on their future, are integrated with academic course work in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, music and art.
It is common throughout traditional education for students in middle and high school to participate in specific course work in this area. Some examples include: life sciences, economics, keyboarding, computer technology, career education, industrial arts, family and consumer sciences, and business education. ACCESS integrates this type of programming across our curriculum.
The Vocation Innovation Project (VIP) is a pre-employment transition service for high school students 16-21 years of age with a developmental disability. In partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, ACCESS provides individuals the opportunity to learn work-readiness skills in preparation for competitive employment and independence. The VIP program is integrated into the upper school curriculum at the ACCESS Academy, and a summer program is available to those high school students who do not attend the ACCESS Academy full-time. Learn more about the Vocation Innovation Project.
The Vocation Innovation Project was supported by Grant 18-AGI-001-16-SG and was made possible through funding provided under Public Law 106-402 as administered by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities for the State of Arkansas.
Horticulture and Ceramic Program
Seasonal plant and ceramic sales offer valuable work experience for our students while also gaining financial support from the community. In conjunction with academic work, the school greenhouse, garden and ceramics are a hands-on laboratory where students learn and practice specific vocational skills. These include: inventory, following directions, customer service, time management and productivity.
The ACCESS horticulture and ceramic programs have grown from coursework into successful retail enterprises. Student participation in these businesses offers experience in industry specific skills such as: basic plant care, propagation, container garden design, lawn care maintenance, landscaping and floral design, art composition and design.
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