Little Rock Family Ultimate All-School Guide: ACCESS
Expanding Individual Potential Through Innovative Instruction.
Founded in 1994, ACCESS® offers evaluation services, full-time education, therapy services, behavioral and mental health services, and vocational training for individuals with special needs.
Technology is used in therapeutic and academic environments at ACCESS. From augmentative communication devices to smart boards and electronic tablets, students at every level are able to supplement curriculum with appropriate and engaging learning activities.
Scholarships & Financing
ACCESS accepts Medicaid, Tefra and Waiver for qualifying individuals, and is an Arkansas Succeed Scholarship-approved private school for qualifying school-aged children. ACCESS also offers tuition assistance.
Aftercare & Tutoring
ACCESS takes a team approach to learning, meaning therapists are involved in the day-to-day activities of the classroom and can engage in one-on-one therapy sessions. Academic therapy (specialized tutoring) is available for school-aged individuals with additional learning difficulties. Outpatient therapy services are offered for families who do not attend ACCESS full time. Aftercare services are available at both campuses for an additional fee.
ACCESS uses unique, literacy-based curriculum and a multi-sensory approach to learning by engaging all of the senses.
ACCESS offers three vocational programs to supplement its curriculum – horticulture, ceramics, and the Vocation Innovation Project. These programs offer a fun way to teach, provide additional therapeutic environments and gain transferable vocational skills.
The ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center offers onsite services for comprehensive evaluations and behavioral and mental health counseling. Students needing support in those areas are able to integrate those services into their day as educators, therapists, evaluators and social workers work together to create individualized approaches for each child.
About the Campus
The ACCESS Stella Boyle Smith Early Childhood campus hosts a 6,700-SF state-of-the-art therapy gym, feeding lab, two renovated playgrounds and a library. The ACCESS Academy and Young Adult campus boasts the ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center, therapy gym, library, art and ceramics studio, athletic gym, state-of-the-art greenhouse and multiple outdoor spaces.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Tammy Simmons, M.S., CCC-SLP
AGES SERVED: Infants through adulthood
STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: Between 4:1 and 8:1 depending on age group
CURRENT ENROLLMENT: 232
TUITION RANGE: $7,266 – $10,440
SCHOOL MOTTO: "Building Brighter Futures"
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES: ACCESS begins its academic year in August and continues year-round. Students may be accepted at any time pending availability. To learn more about ACCESS programs, please call to schedule a tour with the admissions specialist.