LIFE Academy provides high-quality, integrated, Christ-centered education to children both typically developing and special needs; making it one of few schools in Haiti to do so.
What started with one Special Education classroom and four students in 2013 has now multiplied and expanded into an integrated learning environment for 200 students and 36 teaching staff. Every year since the school's inception we’ve added another grade level to accommodate our inaugural class. However, this 2023-2024 school year we added two grade levels: a 7th-grade class and a Pre-K3 class for 3-year-olds.
Among these classes are four Special Education classes specifically catered for children with intellectual, developmental, cognitive, or physical disabilities to have the opportunity to receive a Christ-centered education and LIFE skills.
This school year we have 25 new Pre-K3 students and are adding 10 new Special Education students across our four existing SPED classrooms. The addition of a Pre-K3 class specifically was to fulfill a requirement towards our goal of becoming a national testing center for our region of Haiti within the next few years. We are working closely with the Ministry of Education in Haiti to make this possible.
If all goes well, this will be a huge advantage and blessing to our students and students throughout our southwest region who would be able to come to LIFE Academy for testing instead of gang-controlled Port Au Prince. The growth and expansion of LIFE Academy continues to blow us away as we make great strides toward making high-quality, accessible, affordable education more widely available to Haiti’s children.