What's New at APL

News and updates from the staff.

Spots still Available in APL’s First Extended School Year, July 6th to Aug. 6th

We’re excited about our inaugural Extended School Year summer program. Recommendations related to the COVID-19 crisis may impact how we offer programming, but the program will go forward.

APL invites students in elementary, middle, and high school to extend their educational experiences in Summer 2020. Families will be able to access the ABA therapy services of the Roots Clinic for the five-week program, where BCBAs, BTs, and teachers will work together to offer support to students in academic and social-behavioral contexts.

Download the Program Flier here.

The application to submit by e-mail is here. Download and complete it, then e-mail it to

Dates: July 6 – Aug 6 (5 weeks) – no programming on Fridays
Hours and Location: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at Academy for Precision Learning (5031 University Way NE, Seattle)

For additional information, please contact our Lower School Director, Kelly Meyer.

APL Closed for Midwinter Break through Feb. 21

We are closed February 17 through February 21 for midwinter break. We welcome students and families back on Monday, February 24.

“Leap Into The Future” to Honor Jennifer’s Legacy at our Feb. 29th Event

Jennifer Annable will be honored for her years of service to our school and our community. Check out the statement about Jennifer’s legacy from our board co-presidents. We hope to see you at the Leap Day auction – RSVP here!

APL Partners with UW on Unique Research To Help Students

APL is featured in the University of Washington’s September 2018 edition of “Research That Matters”. We are honored to have been asked to partner on this unique research project by UW College of Education and The Haring Center. Read about the in-classroom research using technology to make real-time coaching possible using streaming video, with a direct connection via a wireless earpiece.

Duke University B-Ball Player Kicks Off Cross-Country Bike Ride Fundraiser at APL!

On May 16, 2018 Duke University Men’s Basketball player Brennan Besser embarked on a cross-country fundraiser at APL after holding a basketball clinic for our students. Brennan’s goal over the summer is to raise $1 million for autism and for other intellectual and developmental disabilities as he rides from Seattle to New York. Click here for press coverage about the visit. You can also follow our Facebook page for updates and you can track his progress at Walk On America.

APL honors the memory of Thomas Burns

In late April 2018, Academy for Precision Learning lost a valued member of our community with the passing of Tom Burns. Tom and his family were instrumental in helping APL grow over the years. His commitment and generosity have meant so much to the school. Click the following link to learn more about this fascinating man and what he made possible. We will miss Tom greatly. Thomas Wayne Burns, 1958-2018

APL Student Makes a Big Impression with his Holiday Light Display

During the holiday season of 2017, APL student Alex worked extremely hard on a light display for his neighborhood – and got a lot of well-deserved attention!

TEALS Program Highlighted on KOMO

In December 2016, KOMO News highlighted APL’s TEALS program, which provides computer training to students – performed by volunteers from the tech industry.

Program teaches computer science to special-needs kids

APL Receives Build-A-Bear Grant for an Elementary Library – Apr. 30, 2013


April 30, 2013

Contact: Advancement Department

The Academy for Precision Learning Granted $,to Help Fund Elementary Library

SEATTLE – The Academy for Precision Learning (APL) is pleased to announce a $2650 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop® Bear Hugs Foundation. The grant will be used to create a leveled library for kindergarten and first grade students.

APL is a private, non-profit school that provides an educational experience where children on the autism spectrum can learn alongside their typically developing peers during the entire course of the school day. With the help of this grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation, APL’s new leveled library will give kindergarten and first grade students the opportunity to learn to read no matter what reading, writing or language ability they have. In addition, the library will assist teachers in language arts instruction and will provide a reading system that can be utilized for years to come.

“In an inclusion based class, with kids of varying needs, a leveled library system addresses the most fundamental needs for language arts education,” said, Jennifer Annable, Executive Director at APL. “April is Autism Awareness Month so this grant couldn’t have come at a better time for our growing school. We ultimately hope to expand this library to provide additional leveled learning resources for our higher grades.”

The Academy for Precision Learning is located in Seattle’s vibrant University District. The school is now accepting applications for students from Kindergarten to 10th grade. APL is dedicated to the success of all students – including typically developing and those across the autism spectrum – learning within an academically challenging and socially vibrant environment.

For more information about APL or to make a donation to the school, please visit or call 206.427.0115. About the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation: The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is committed to making life more bearable for children, families and pets in need of the kindness of others. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation gifts grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that support the health and wellness of children and families, the care and welfare of animals and the promotion of literacy and education for all.

APL and Broadway Bound Present “Grease” and “The Lion King” – June 2011

APL and Broadway Bound were proud to present Grease and the Lion King!

June 2010 – Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre transforms the lives of children through active participation in theatre arts and the production with APL was a unique demonstration of this mission. Broadway Bound partnered with APL to produce a ground breaking performance of the crowd pleaser Grease and songs from the Lion King.

This powerful local partnership demonstrates that children of all skill levels and backgrounds can be challenged and supported while developing their mental, physical and creative potential through the joy and discipline of live theatre.

These performances truly demonstrated that inclusion not only works – it’s something to be celebrated.

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