Access propels at-risk middle school students through high school and on to college and career success with enrichment, counseling, and scholarships.
Access was founded in 2005 by a small group of St. Louisans convinced that education was the most enduring path out of poverty. Embracing an innovative model that emphasized extended school days, a challenging enrichment curriculum, and hands-on counseling, they started the first Academy with 15 students in a single South City middle school. Today, Access partners with four middle schools and 25 private high schools, and it serves over 500 students across the St. Louis metropolitan area.
97% of Access students represent minority populations.
94% qualify for free/reduced lunch.
66% live in single-parent households.
Due to the generosity of our donors, our students’ academic drive, and an 11-year commitment to enrichment, guidance counseling, and scholarships, our program works:
99% of our Academy graduates have been accepted to private, college-prep high schools
98% of our Academy graduates graduate high school on-time
96% of our Academy graduates have been accepted to colleges, universities, or other post-secondary institutions
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