Empowering Youth and Communities Academy (EYC) was founded in 2014 by a team of seasoned educators in St. Louis, Missouri to bring outstanding one-on-one private education to 6th through 12th grade students. We provide a unique one-teacher, one-student approach for those seeking a more attentive, therapeutic, alternative educational environment.

Our Approach

We use a competency-based approach in our educational programs such that not only are students able to demonstrate mastery of the various academic concepts, but they are able to apply these skills as they advance through their curriculum and prepare for college, career, entrepreneurial or military options.

How It Works

What We Offer

Academic Programs

Full-time College Track Educational Program: Six-course program (12 semesters)

Full-time Essentials Program: Five-course program (10 semesters)

Concurrent Enrollment Program: Three-course program (6 semesters)

LD and Gifted Testing Services

Students who are gifted or who suffer from learning disabilities or ADHD often struggle in school. When this happens, it’s important to find out why. Aided by a professional school psychologist and an educational examiner, we provide prompt, formal assessments designed to pinpoint the reasons behind a struggle and formulate a coaching strategy that helps these students successfully deal with demands of school. We also partner closely with families and schools to ensure that all students are receiving the necessary accommodations.

Private Tutoring

Our one-to-one approach extends to private tutoring services outside of your child’s regular educational schedule. Our tutors work to build rapport and instill confidence in students, focusing on their individual needs in all content areas. In addition to tutoring, many of our students may benefit from academic coaching when it comes to study skills, test-taking skills, organization and more.

Social Skills & Small Group Classes

Using both formal and informal assessments, we work to design individualized programs for students who have difficulty with language, communication, and social interaction, to maximize their potential. Our research-based methods and small-group settings help students learn the skills needed to communicate effectively. Areas assessed include: reading and transmitting nonverbal cues, emotional regulation, problem solving, perspective taking and initiating and processing social interactions.

Educational Therapies & Counseling

EYC Academy’s well-rounded approach blends academics with therapeutics. Examples include our PAWS for Reading program, which allows students to read aloud to a therapy dog to improve their reading and communication skills in a fun and positive environment. Our professional instructors and administrators specialize in treatments designed to handle things like family stress, school/learning, peer relationships, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Both individual and small group sessions allow students to gain the psychological and emotional strength to meet life’s challenges.

School Advocacy

Our personalized educational consulting and advocacy services are helpful for parents who aren’t sure of exactly what their children’s needs are or how to address them in school. We will meet with parents to help them prepare for school meetings by arming them with the right questions to ask their educators. We even accompany them to meetings on a frequent basis to ensure their children’s special needs are met and that all parties are working together to achieve desired goals.

Test Prep

We offer professional test preparation services for standardized tests. Our individualized approach helps to build the skills, confidence and momentum students need to achieve success, no matter what their post-graduation plans. We start by assessing the students’ strengths and weaknesses and designing a specific plan to teach skills, strategies and content, while monitoring progress and communicating with parents throughout the duration of the program.

Homeschooling Partnerships

EYC Academy partners with homeschooling families, as well as those who are transitioning out of a homeschool situation to ensure maximum success. Most of EYC Academy instruction is done in a one-to-one setting, allowing maximum flexibility to coordinate with the parent on scheduling, curriculum choice.  We also offer small group interactive instruction to allow students to have collaborative discussions amongst peers.


EYC helped my child with struggles in Algebra to successfully complete needed credits to compete as an athlete. The staff has been very supportive and provided a comfortable learning environment. Thank you EYC!

Jereme Lukoskie

If you are looking for some awesome, knowledgeable people to work with, these are the guys I highly recommend. Their friendliness and result-driven approach is what I love about them.

Aaron Babaa

We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with EYC. Their approach is quite unique, but it works well, and I love the fact that they support students from all walks of life, with different skill levels and backgrounds.