At KVC 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 school personnel 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 school personnel support 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 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.

Eight Locations: Each year, over 400 children are educated on our campuses. Through partnerships with school districts across Missouri, KVC Academy’s school personnel ring the school bell daily on our  Boonville, Columbia, Cameron, Kansas City, Lebanon, St. James and St. Louis campuses. The St. Louis campus also provides education for children with autism. By separate agreement with the Springfield Public Schools, that district’s teachers operate a school on our Springfield campus.

Getting Enrolled: Our admissions specialists are highly trained professionals whose top priority is to provide prompt, confidential service followed by timely evaluation and assessment, creating a customized plan forward for your child or teen. Many students come to us via a referral from their home school district; others are directly enrolled by their parents.

To learn more about your options with KVC Academy, contact our centralized admissions office at (844) 424-3577

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.


Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)

Sponsors of this Program

United Way of Greater St. Louis