Founder/Director McArthur

Founder/Director Pierce III

The AAA Academy is a non-for-profit 14-7.02 private therapeutic day school. It has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to serve the needs of students ages 5 through 15 with emotional, behavioral, learning disabilities and other health impairments as well as those considered to be at-risk. AAA Academy provides a structured academic program for placement of students in grades k through 8, utilizing a unique 5-1 teacher to pupil ratio. AAA Academy's concept of reducing class size goes along with a belief that to communicate one on one with students increases the chance of reaching them. AAA Academy was created with the idea and principle belief that "ALL CHILDREN ARE WORTH SAVING". This belief allows us to provide alternative placements to students with different needs, while allowing them to obtain needed academic achievement. Students experiencing difficulty in the traditional school environment are placed with AAA Academy because of our fundamental belief that all children can learn.
Principal Guthrie

Principal Guthrie

Director Flowers

"It is with great confidence that I write this letter of support for the Alternative Achievement Academy. They have been a positive and valuable addition to the continuum of services offered by my school district, Homewood 153. While we have our own valid Cooperative program there have been times in the last few years where that program has been full, or just doesn't seem to be quite the right fit for a few particular students. The Alternative Achievement Academy has always been available; positive and caring when approached them about accepting a student with unique needs. They feel every student's worth saving and go the extra mile to do so. I have never described a student to them who they feel is beyond help or value. I am also impressed by their after school incentives and that their bus drivers are people who work with the students through the day. They want to see children succeed. The Alternative Achievement Academy has been a welcome addition to programs for students with special needs. There are many students out there who do not fit the traditional style school, yet who need an education, social skills and a concerned staff. The Alternative Achievement Academy does this and more. When I visit there I see children working, getting hugs, and playing basketball with staff. I'm so glad they are near and available to us; our children truly benefit from their presence."
-- Sue Shoemaker
Director of Student Support Services
Homewood School District 153