What's New at APL

News and updates from the staff.

Celebrating Jennifer

May 25, 2020 – We are heading into the final month before Jennifer Annable retires at the end of June.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, some made a safe and socially distant visit to her house to surprise her.

We hope you can help us celebrate Jennifer’s legacy at APL. Check out the letter from earlier this year from our Board Co-Presidents – and watch for more news as we say goodbye in the coming weeks.

Memorial Day – May 25, 2020

May 22, 2020 – We won’t be operating on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. Celebrate safely and enjoy your three-day weekend.

Thank You APL Staff!

May 18, 2020 – We couldn’t help students all across the autism spectrum thrive and succeed without the hard work of our staff! We are proud to honor them during our Staff Appreciation Week!

Leave a congratulatory message for a staff member in the comments section below (Don’t see the comments? Click on this post’s headline above to open it.)

Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Database

The organization COVID-19 Help Washington has created a comprehensive database of statewide resources to help people weather the pandemic.

The organization is made up of Seattle volunteers working to help meet the need for information and resources for those who need help – and those who wish to offer help – during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington State.

For more information, contact COVID-19 Help Washington directly and follow their social media sites:

Providers – Join APL Online for an Information Night on June 4th

Join us online on Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm

May 29, 2020 – We held our Family Information Night online on May 28th for potential students who might benefit from the Academy for Precision Learning’s unique, inclusive educational environment.

An additional information will also be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 for providers – including clinicians, educators and others who serve students on the autism spectrum.

After you register, in the week before the event, you will receive an invitation link for the Zoom meeting. The evening will include an overview about our school, presentations by lead staff, and a question-and-answer period. If you have questions in the meantime, you may e-mail

Our Community Connects – Even During School Closures

May 1, 2020: Our students and families are continuing to find ways to create a vibrant community during the school closure and extended stay-at-home order.

One of our students has used this time to start his own bookstore! This guy is a go-getter and is sharing his interest with friends and community members. Support a small business and visit his website at

Our staff members have continued to introduce new learning platforms during the closure, such as Prodigy (for math), ReadWorks, and Epic! (for reading/literacy), We are so proud of our teachers for trying these new tools.

Our parents continue to have a weekly “Coffee Cart” except now we chat over our lattes during an online meeting.

And we are making plans for some form of a graduation celebration to take place in June – stay tuned as those ideas develop.

If you have examples of how you are keeping in touch during this time and you would like to share, add a comment below!

Our community “GaveBIG” to help APL through the COVID-19 crisis

May 7, 2020 – Our community was extremely generous during the expanded GiveBIG event in May.

GiveBIG ran on May 5th and 6th – and was was then extended to May 15th to assist organizations even more during the COVID-19 crisis. Through GiveBIG and #GivingTuesdayNow, our generous community committed nearly $30,000.

This is a critical time for APL as we face the financial challenges of the extended school closure – so thank you for your support. If you are still interested in donating to our mission but missed GiveBIG, you can make a gift anytime at

APL To Keep Supporting Inclusion During the School Closure

April 7, 2020: We wanted to send an update as it relates to the current school closure. As you probably know, on Monday, April 6th, Governor Jay Inslee extended the school closure through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

This is saddening news – but The Academy for Precision Learning is not going anywhere! We are still here to create an inclusive educational environment for all our students. Through the end of the scheduled school year, our ROOTS Clinic and teachers will continue to offer Telehealth, some in-home ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis therapy) by our Behavior Technicians, and remote learning services to our students and families.

Maintaining a connection to the APL community is important to us. We are excited to be providing a weekly remote “Coffee Cart” on Thursday mornings, social lunch opportunities for our students, and online meetings of our Alumni Association.

We will be taking our scheduled Spring Break next week, April 13th – 17th. Our families will be receiving communication from their students’ teachers containing ideas of what to do over break, including activities like scavenger hunts, time capsules, and Bingo. During the week of break, our ROOTS Clinic will continue to serve students 1:1 via Telehealth and in-person sessions.
As more information is shared, we are continuing to evaluate the roll-out of our Extended School Year (ESY) program. We have every intention to continue moving forward by launching these new services during the summer of 2020. Whether these services are in-person or via Telehealth and remote learning will be determined by the direct recommendations from Jay Inslee, OSPI, and the Department of Health. 
We will continue to update you as more information is released and hope that everyone is staying healthy. We want to thank all of you in our community for partnering with us during these unprecedented times. Your support and involvement has only reinforced the fact that the APL community extends beyond the walls of University Heights. 
If you have any questions for us, e-mail any of us through the links below in our signatures. You can also check updates at and on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Jennifer Annable
Executive Director

Kelly Meyer
Lower School Program Director/Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Alicia Schmoker Nathan, MSW
School Program Director / Pathways Specialist

APL Reaches Students with Clinical Services During School Closure

March 31, 2020: Academy for Precision Learning continues to adapt in response to the mandated closure of public and independent schools due to COVID-19.

We have had a great initial two weeks of reaching our students through distance learning. And this week, our ROOTS Clinic (a Licensed Behavioral Health Agency) is beginning to offer some in-person sessions at APL or in-home for our students who require intensive behavioral support.

We are also able to offer both Behavior Technician (BT) and Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) services via TeleHealth. We are so glad to be connecting with some of families again and to be supporting our students in these new service models.

We are guided by recommended safety precautions. Our top priority is to make sure our staff, students and families remain healthy while we provide this essential service.

We know everyone is adjusting to measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the mandated school closure and the subsequent “Stay-At-Home” order by the Governor. All of us at APL thank you for standing with us to provide the best options we can for our students all across the autism spectrum and their typically-developing peers. 

Check in for updates at and on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Contact our main office with questions at 206-427-0115 or at

Keeping Close to Home? Stay informed and active!

We know this is a challenging and uncertain time during the school closure and other measures that have disrupted all of our daily routines.

Here are some links to organizations in our region and other resources shared by our community members that you and your family might find useful.

Continuous Learning Resources from OSPI

Resources for Continuous Learning during School Closures

Special Education Guidance for COVID-19

General COVID-19 Resources

University Heights Coronavirus Information Resources

Washington State Coronavirus Response

University of Washington Novel Coronavirus & COVID-19 Facts and Resources

King County Public Health Updates

Governor Inslee’s Resources for Businesses and Individuals

Other Educational Resources and Activities

Everett Public Schools’ Engagement Guide

DBT In Schools Facebook Live Series: Parenting Through COVID-19

Scholastic Learn-From-Home Resources

Free Online Museum Tours

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson (full audiobook)

Have you found other great online resources? Click to open this post if necessary, then enter your ideas in the comment section below!

Donating to APL

The Academy for Precision Learning has 501(c)(3) non-profit status under EIN #91-2143623. We accept donations to supplement tuition and operating expenses. Donations can be sent to our mailing address or made online via the button below.

Academy for Precision Learning
P.O. Box 51241
Seattle, WA 98115