Our Program

College Counseling

Access Academies serves our students in three critical areas:

1. Counseling

The Access Academies Graduate Support Program helps students transition to and persist in their next level of education by ensuring the critical academic, social, financial and emotional needs of our students are met. For graduates who stay on the trajectory for success, the Graduate Support Director provides the extra push to overcome obstacles and reach personal and professional goals. For graduates who struggle, the Graduate Support Director is an always-present lifeline to advocate in their best interest and get them back on track.

Amy Clark
College & Career Counselor
Access Academies



Joslyn Sandford
Graduate Support Director
St. Louis Catholic Academy



Heidi Klosterman
Graduate Support Director
St. Cecilia School & Academy



2. Enrichment

Access partners with urban, values-based middle schools serving at-risk youth to offer an Academy program, which extends the school day and academic calendar year to provide structured opportunities for learning, enrichment, and growth. All middle school students attending our partner middle schools are enrolled in Academy enrichment programs that empower students to succeed in the rigorous academic environments of high school and college, and teach students how to be leaders in their communities. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Access Academy program is offered at no cost to students and schools.

Currently, our four middle school Academy programs are collectively providing 83 enrichment programs in the areas of:

  • Academic Development
  • S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
  • Leadership, Character, & Health  Education
  • The Arts (Performing, Fine, and Practical)

3. Scholarships

Access financially support students in three important ways.

High School Tuition Scholarships
Access provides tuition assistance and partners with private, college-prep high schools, ensuring our Academy graduates have Access to a challenging, values-based education.

Work-Study Scholarships
The Give Back Work-Study Program engages our high school and college students by tutoring Academy students at their former middle schools. Half of their earnings are paid directly toward their tuition expense. This past fiscal year, 52 high school and college students logged 5,438 work hours by tutoring and/or mentoring over 170 Academy students. 

Post-Secondary Preparation
Access covers all costs related to ACT preparation and testing as well as costs for college applications and college visits/road trips.