ACCESS Academise

ACCESS Academies propels low-income, first-generation students from middle school into college and career success through a multi-year commitment of enrichment, guidance counseling, and scholarships.

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Address: 3500 Lindell Blvd. Fitzgerald Hall - Room 211
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Phone Number: 314-898-0430
Founded in 2005, ACCESS Academies transforms the challenging middle school years into a launching pad for high school success for socially/economically disadvantaged students in faith-based schools in St. Louis. Using the proven model of Enrichment, Scholarship, and Counseling, ACCESS has achieved the following results:
• 98% of our 8th grade students are accepted into private, college-prep high schools;
• 99% of our high school students graduate on-time;
• 96% of our high school graduates are accepted into the post-secondary institution of their choice.
Over the past eight years, over 700 individual children have been served through ACCESS Academies' seven-year commitment to students. For the 2017-18 academic year, more than 350 middle school and high school students will participate in the ACCESS program. Our students are primarily low-income, first-generation college-goers (high need and low resource) and share the following demographics:
• 98% racial/ethnic minorities
• 96% free-/reduced-cost meal program eligible
• 99% are first-generation learners
"Ms. Joslyn is always checking up on us and making sure we are on track. She prepared me for the ACT and tutoring. I am part of the Work Study program now and it is teaching me responsibility and helping younger kids is fun. The tuition scholarship is also very helpful." - Shayla D., a senior at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School.
"ACCESS has helped not only me but my younger sister. We both completed the Academy program at Most Holy Trinity and benefitted from the enrichment programs, career days, and campus field trips that helped expose us to new opportunities. ACCESS also helped pay for our tuition - mine at De Smet and hers at St. Joseph's Academy. We would not have been able to attend either of these schools if it were not for ACCESS's support. My sister is now a freshman at Rockhurst with me, and Mr. Nick continues to check on us both. He has been a huge influence on us both. Yeah, as I think about it, ACCESS has really helped me and my family out." - Shawn T., an ACCESS Academies alum from Most Holy Trinity and De Smet Jesuit High School, currently attending Rockhurst University.
"Because of the education I have received through ACCESS and Bishop DuBourg High School, I have applied and been accepted to 49 colleges, 39 of which gave me extensive and prestigious scholarships, and as a result, I have around $2.9 million dollars in college scholarships. I had offers and scholarships from schools like Truman State, SLU, Loyola University (New Orleans and Chicago), Rockhurst, Tulane, University of Dayton, Xavier University (both Cincinnati and New Orleans), and countless more." Aaron T., a freshman at Missouri University of Science and Technology.