Since 2005, 600 disadvantaged youth have received a top-quality, values-based education thanks to ACCESS Academies’ unique model of education.

ACCESS (Academies Creating Challenging Education for St. Louis Students) makes a seven-year commitment to each student, beginning in middle school, to support a robust academic curriculum, homework assistance, service projects and enrichment. ACCESS also supports mandatory summer school, and provides a school-based Graduate Support Director, who works directly with each student, and their family, from middle school, through high school, and into college.

“The relationship between students, their families, and the Gradate Support Directors is what makes our Academies so strong and so successful,” said Betsy Liberatore, Executive Director of ACCESS Academies.

In addition to supporting the extended school day and summer school programs at each Academy, the Graduate Support Director works with families to find a college-preparatory high school that fits the student’s unique personality and learning style. After leaving middle school, the Graduate Support Director then eases the transition from middle school to high school by monitoring each student’s individual academic growth and achievement through mentoring and advocacy. Finally, while a student is in high school, the Graduate Support Director provides college assistance through college tours, ACT test prep, college application and essay support, and FAFSA counseling.

ACCESS also works with a variety of partners to ensure that students with the greatest educational challenges and social needs area reached.

“For the past eleven years, ACCESS Academies has partnered with the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to identify schools serving high-poverty populations. Currently, 87% of our students meet the qualifications for federal poverty programs,” added Liberatore.

Presently, Academies are housed within three Archdiocesan partner schools:

  • Most Holy Trinity School & Academy at 1435 Mallinckrodt St. (North St. Louis)
  • St. Cecilia School & Academy at 906 Eichelberger (South St. Louis)
  • St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral at 4430 Maryland Ave. (Central West End)

For the 2015-16 school year, over 135 middle school students are enrolled in Academies and over 200 Academy graduates are receiving high school tuition scholarships and guidance from ACCESS’s Graduate Support Directors.

Because of the hard work of each student, dedicated parental involvement, strong partnerships, and ACCESS’s support and services:

  • 98% of ACCESS Graduates are admitted to private, college-prep high schools
  • 99% of ACCESS Students graduate on-time
  • 94% ACCESS Students are accepted to college or other post-secondary institution

ACCESS graduates have attended the following St. Louis high schools:

  • Bishop DuBourg High School
  • Cardinal Ritter College Prep
  • Chaminade College Prep
  • Christian Brothers College High School
  • Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
  • Cor Jesu Academy
  • DeSmet Jesuit High School
  • Gateway Institute of Technology
  • Incarnate Word Academy
  • Lutheran High School North
  • Lutheran High School South
  • Metro Academic and Classical High School
  • Nerinx Hall
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Rosati-Kain High School
  • St. Elizabeth Academy
  • St. John Vianney High School
  • St. Joseph’s Academy
  • St. Louis University High
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • Trinity High School
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Villa Duchesne High School

ACCESS Academies receives no public funding and relies on the donations of generous supporters to fund services. For more information, please visit www.ACCESSacademies.org or call (314) 898-0430.