Frequently Asked Questions
Who does ASTL employ?
ASTL employs special education teachers, teachers assistants, special project instructors, professional counseling and administrative staff. Speech/Language, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy are individually contracted through the parents to work with the students. Learn more about ASTL staff here.
What is the average class size at ASTL?
The average classroom size is a 3:1 student to teacher ratio.
Is there space available for students to transfer to ASTL mid-year?
We offer a rolling admission process and accept applications year round. To apply, please contact us or call (636) 534-5099.
Who is a good candidate to attend ASTL?
ASTL offers quality education to students with autism, learning disabilities, and developmental delays. Each of our students has unique learning differences that are accommodated by our small classroom setting. Our curriculum focuses on adaptable academics, faith education, functional/social skills, communication skills, service to others, and transitioning into higher education or career paths.
Is ASTL accredited?
Yes, the Academy is accredited by AdvancED and NAPCS (National Association of Private Catholic Schools).
What does the ASTL curriculum include?
Our curriculum promotes an understanding and accomplishment of attainable, demanding goals applicable to each student while providing them with the tools they need for success.
Each students’ individually designed curriculum includes academic, life, and social skills education. Transition planning, service projects, and faith-based learning are included as well. Each student completes an interest inventory at the beginning of the school year, outlining their skills, interests, and goals. This information is then used to create an individual, student enrichment program to further the student’s education.
Students have access to Chromebooks for researched-based work and online-interactive studies. ASTL teachers utilize Chromebook technology and Epson Whiteboard Projection System during classroom lessons and presentations to facilitate adaptive learning.
ASTL continues to develop new opportunities and curriculum based on the interests, needs, and goals of the students. Student IEP’s, past testing and grades, history, medical records and previous school testing are used in developing ASTL’s specific version of an IEP called an IDP. This Individualized Development Plan addresses each student’s strengths and challenges while outlining the plan of action for their individualized educational goals.
How does ASTL compare academically to other high schools?
Academy of St Louis is accredited by AdvancED and is a member of the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools. The ASTL Curriculum follows the state of Missouri guidelines for credit hours to graduate. Advanced curriculum is offered in specific areas of study for students who are achieving at high academic levels, while the adapted curriculum is offered for others. Each student has a specific curriculum based on their abilities and challenges.
What activities does ASTL offer?
Academy of St. Louis offers frequent field trips throughout St. Louis County and the surrounding areas, providing a more in-depth cultural education along with academics. Annual dances and other social events are planned for the students to participate in after school.
Where is ASTL located?
We are located in Manchester at the St. Joseph’s parish campus. Find us on Google Maps. 505 St. Joseph Lane, Manchester, MO 63021.
When can students apply for the school year?
Applications are accepted year-round through our rolling admissions process. If spots are available, the student will be able to start attending the Academy during any part of the school year. You can also apply early for the following school year to reserve a space for your student. Please read our admission information, contact us or call (636) 534-5099 for more information.