SA Life Academy offers a standard-base day program particularly designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Certified special education teachers design a stimulating curriculum that includes relationship building, art, recreational therapy, health and wellness, community outreach, life and job skills training. Through community integration, which includes 5-6 hours of volunteerism per week, SA Life Academy students give back to the community in a meaningful way. There are no more than 12 students per class from 9am to 3pm Monday-Friday.

SA Life Academy also collaborates with volunteers and professionals from the community to focus on the curriculum and instruction of the Arts, Culinary skills, Drama, and Movement.   SA Life Academy has a contract with a Behavior Specialist when needed.

In addition, SA Life Academy focuses on volunteering and giving back to the community weekly.


Sample Daily Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:0 AM: Drop Off, Adults Wait in Waiting Room Until 9 AM

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Arrival at SA Life Academy

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM: Morning Meeting - Morning Stretch, Weather, Question of the Day, Daily Schedule

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Community Involvement - Volunteering, Outing, Gardening, Culinary, etc.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Lunch 

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM: Free Time

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: Explore Classes - Zumba, Games, Health and Wellness, Ready to Work, Grocery Shopping, Yoga, etc.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Art Class

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Daily Clean Up and Review of Day

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Dismissal

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: After Hours for Working Families


The SA Life Difference

SA Life Academy differentiates itself through the quality of the curriculum offered and the qualification of teachers and staff.  SA Life Academy provides exceptional continued learning opportunities aimed at helping individuals with IDD live full and active lives in a safe environment. Most importantly, a meaningful and purposeful daily curriculum offers a more enriching experience for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

 SA Life Academy is a year-round, partial-day program modeling the curriculum around the following core values designed to help the adults REACH for the Stars and Do Life Together:

Relationship Building: Building relationships and developing a network of peers. 

Expressive Creativity: Focusing on creative arts giving opportunities for artistic expression

Academics:  Curriculum focuses on life and ready-to-work skills, knowledge, and social behaviors.

Community Involvement:  Off-site learning, volunteering and recreational opportunities.

Health & Wellness:  Exercise, personal hygiene , healthy eating and recreational play


SA Life Academy activities and volunteering


Meals on Wheels
Children’s Hunger Fund
Baking Cookies for Police and Fire Departments
San Antonio Food Bank
Pet’s Alive
Christian Assistance Ministry
St. Andrew’s Church Clean Up


Community Activities

Swimming at the Alamo Heights Pool
Magik Theatre
Morgan’s Wonderland
Thin Air
Wittie Museum
Grocery Shopping at HEB
Microsoft Store
SAC Planetarium
JCC - Fit4Life


Tobin Center for Performances
Paws4Hearts (Therapy Dogs)
Recreational Therapy
Drumming Circle
Art Class
Zumba Class
Botanical Garden