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Welcome Message From Lou Reuss, Head of school

My passion for helping families find the right educational environment for their child stems from both my personal experiences as a father and my professional administrative experience in an alternative school setting. My son would have greatly benefited from EYC Academy’s personalized approach. The opportunity to truly learn at one’s own pace in a relaxed, yet focused environment is a benefit to any student-whether they struggle or are looking to advance more quickly through their classes. As a professional in the field of alternative education I am familiar with the confusion and frustration that can occur when trying to advocate for your child. EYC Academy advocates for your child daily; from our tailor-made curriculum to the mentor-like guidance of our staff. The services at EYC give families a one-stop solution for students needing a safe, anxiety-free environment. Academics and therapeutic services are offered both one-to-one and in small group settings. We know that not everyone learns in the same way or at the same pace. At EYC Academy we value those differences because we value seeing every child reach their fullest potential and achieve success—in and out of the “classroom”.

-Lou Reuss, Head of School

A Non-Traditional Approach

Traditional schools, working in a classroom setting, must teach from curriculum with its broadest brush, to meet many levels of need. For advanced or challenged students, this can leave them bored or falling behind, struggling to keep pace. At EYC Academy, we take the time to know your child and family, connect you with resources and partner with you to create a plan for success for your child. Our network includes physical and emotional therapists, to help your family beyond the walls of the school. Centrally located at Lamp and Lantern Village, the campus is easily accessed from many neighborhoods in Central and West County. 

Why EYC Academy?

Seasoned Instructors & Therapists

Our teachers and therapists are seasoned instructors, many with enrichment and special education backgrounds. They are what makes EYC Academy successful for your child. They are active listeners, working to make sure your child understands lessons, has achieved mastery in their area of study before moving on to the next area. They develop relationships with your family, partnering with you for your child’s success. They meet every 4 weeks with families to keep parents apprised of their child’s progress and any adjustments being made to their learning plan.


To empower youth to achieve academic fulfillment and strength of character, through integrity, individualized learning plans and service learning, so as to become productive members of our community.


Empowering Youth and Communities Inc. was founded in 2014 by a team of seasoned educators who saw a need for families searching for a more personalized education option for their children. EYC Academy offers a unique one-to-one private education to 6th through 12th grade students. This one-student, one-teacher approach pairs students with a certified teacher who is a subject matter expert in their field and allows them to accommodate a variety of learning styles not met by traditional schools. As a year-round school, EYC Academy can offer the personalized learning environment needed to allow students to work at their own pace---with options of in-center or virtual learning on-line with live teachers.  We offer state approved, common core curriculum to help your child graduate with the tools for success.

What We Believe

  • Every child can have an education fitted to their learning style
  • Every child can be challenged to grow at their own pace
  • Every child can be empowered to take responsibility for their actions
  • Every child can emerge from their education with life skills, as well as academic tools

Our program is especially unique, in that it blends academics with therapeutics, including art, music and martial arts to provide a balanced, well-rounded education, tempered with the integrated disciplinary techniques taught through Love and Logic Professional Development Curriculum for Educators.


As an approved school by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from the State of Missouri, our approved curriculum meets common-core standards and is taught by qualified teachers and therapists with many enrichment and special education backgrounds.

Our program is especially unique, in that it blends academics with therapeutics, including art and music, to provide a balanced, well-rounded education, tempered with the disciplinary techniques taught through the Love and Logic® Professional Development Curriculum for Educators. 

The Love and Logic® Core Beliefs are as follows:

  1. Every attempt will be made to maintain the dignity and self-respect of both the student and the teacher.
  2. Students will be guided and expected to solve their problems without creating problems for anyone else.
  3. Students will be given opportunities to make decisions and live with the consequences, be they good or bad.
  4. Misbehavior will be handled with natural or logical consequences instead of punishment, whenever possible.
  5. Misbehavior will be viewed as opportunities for individual problem solving and preparation for the real world as opposed to personal attacks on school or staff.
  6. Students are encouraged to request a "due process hearing" whenever consequences appear to be unfair.
  7. School problems will be handled by school personnel. Criminal activity will be referred to the proper authorities.

In addition to the Love and Logic® principles, we utilize the Paws for Reading Program, which places dogs into classroom or library settings. Viewed as non-threatening entities, dogs provide a positive environment in which to foster reading and writing skills, as well as increased interaction and social skills in children. Many children experience higher levels of word comprehension and recognition, as well as a sense of comfort and increased confidence, as dogs don’t make fun of them for reading slowly or mispronouncing words.

Empowering Youth and Communities, Inc. dba EYC Academy does not and shall not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and releasing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Empowering Youth and Communities dba EYC Academy is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment and Rights Act, Executive Order 11246 and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination, all as amended.