SA Life Academy offers a standard-base day program designed to meet the holistic 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. SA Life Academy also collaborates with volunteers and professionals throughout the community to offer specialized classes such as yoga, recreational therapy, and gardening. 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 day in each class from 9:00AM - 3:00PM Monday through Friday.

The SA Life Difference

SA Life Academy differentiates itself from similar programs through the offering of a stimulating curriculum designed by Certified Special Education teachers. Special Education teachers understand the unique needs of our students and can respond to those needs in a meaningful way. We also maintain a low teacher-to-student ratio and ensure an Associate teacher and Lead Teacher are present in a classroom of 12 students. SA Life Academy offers a high level of community integration through volunteerism, educational and recreational community outings. Through these outings, SA Life Academy students experience the world with friends and give back to the local community.


Sample Daily Schedule

8:30 AM - 9:00 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

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