Annual Appeal 2016-2017

82 %
Raised: $82,000 /  Goals: $100,000
Campaign Duration: Campaign has ended
Help us continue to provide hope, promise, and opportunities to students with learning challenges.



Help us continue to provide hope, promise, and opportunities to students with learning challenges.

Parents regain hope for their child’s future once the Academy of St. Louis becomes part of their lives.

With the growing rate of students diagnosed with autism and learning disabilities, the Academy of St. Louis continues to reach inside of God’s uniquely created children, bringing out the hidden treasures He has placed within them.

Hope | Promise | Opportunity

Having attended private, parochial and public educational settings, students entering the Academy quickly restore their sense of hope within the safe, accepting environment where learning is built around their specific needs. The opportunity to regain the promise innately given them at birth by God is restored by developing healthy relationships with staff who genuinly see their uniqueness as positive attributes, molding and shaping them back to the path of self-confidence and future success as individuals.

Families are once again united in peace as school-related stress is relieved.

Once again, peaceful family evenings are celebrated as homework is manageable leaving time for creating positive memories for you and your child.

Why Academy?

  • Students are simply happy coming to school.
  • Friends are made for the first time.
  • Academics flourish as a result of personalized curriculum.
  • Recess and gym are fun for once!
  • Stress is reduced allowing for relationships to develop.


“We searched nationwide…”

The Academy of St. Louis is a school committed to helping each student reach their full potential. The staff is experienced and recognizes each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Every child has their own individual education plan. The plan is communicated, reviewed with parents, modified when necessary and fully implemented to ensure the child has every opportunity to be successful. Not only is education a priority at the Academy but social, emotional, and spiritual development is emphasized. The children are in a safe, positive, and loving environment. It used to be a constant battle to get to school in the morning; our son was labeled by many of the teachers in the public school system as a trouble maker and he came home frustrated and cranky more often than not. Now our son is excited about getting to school early; and while he is still a teenage boy, he is often smiling and joking on the ride home. We searched nationwide for a school and Academy has definitely been a blessing not only to our son but to our entire family. -NICHOLS FAMILY

“A few year ago, I took a tour at the Academy of St. Louis. I remember thinking how happy the children seemed to be, in spite of their challenges. I would often say that, without the Academy, these children would be lost. I grew to love the Academy and what it did for its students. Then, about 2 years ago, Terri O’Daniel, the Academy’s Executive Director, asked if I would consider mentoring some of the high school students in practical math and business. I worked with them all year. It was a delight! Having the opportunity to mentor these students has been very rewarding. They love to learn and are proud when they master and understand a task.”  – Steve Notestine, Board Member

Frequently Asked Questions

Autism is a developmental brain disorder that affects social and communication skills. 1 in 68 children in the United States have been diagnosed with ASD.

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.

No. The Academy is privately funded through tuition income and private fundraising.

The Academy is accredited for grades K-12th.

Yes, the Academy teaches the Catholic Faith. Our students are Catholic Christians and other Christian denominations as well.

Yes, the Academy of St. Louis is fully accredited through AdvancEd.