At Great Circle Academy, we welcome children who feel out of place in other schools. We provide a place where they can feel right at home, and celebrate diversity in all its forms, from ethnic to behavioral. And we do it with a warm smile and open arms.
Academically, our highly trained and experienced teachers, therapists and staff work collaboratively to ensure support and success for youth ages 5-21 with significant emotional and behavioral challenges, communication disorders, cognitive delays or who have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, or who are working to sustain substance use sobriety. Compassionately, we’re a school for any student who struggles greatly in other educational settings because of factors beyond their control.
Curriculum & Class Size: Our curriculum uses evidence-based programs and behavior strategies, and we take care to adapt our teaching to fit each student’s personality and needs. Class sizes are small, about 10 students, and each classroom has a highly qualified teacher, teacher’s assistant and licensed clinical therapist working as a team.
Graduation & Beyond: Our staff supports each child’s personal journey to future success by giving them a nurturing and structured environment where they can unlock their full potential. We place a strong emphasis on learning and normalization to prepare students who can transition back to a traditional school setting. Secondary school students can earn high school diplomas, prepared for post-secondary school, vocational/technical training or entry into the workforce.
Highly Accredited: Many forms of success aren’t measurable as a score. How do you quantify a child’s ability to laugh and smile? Still, we take great pride in employing many Board Certified Behavior Analysts – considered the gold standard in behavioral health – especially in caring for children with autism. Plus, our schools are nationally accredited by AdvancED and Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Illinois Board of Education.
Five Locations: Each year, almost 500 children are educated on our campuses. Through partnerships with nearly 100 school districts across Missouri, Great Circle Academy’s education staff rings the school bell daily on our Columbia, Independence, Marshall, St. James and St. Louis campuses.The St. James and St. Louis campuses also provide education for children with autism. By separate agreement with the Springfield Public Schools, that district’s teachers operate a school on our Springfield campus.
Every boy and girl deserves to be surrounded by grown-ups who help cultivate an excitement to learn, to dream big and to build the future they deserve. We hope you and your child are ready to take the first step along a new path and join us.