What's New at APL

News and updates from the staff.

Weather Update, Feb. 12, 2021

Feb.12, 2021

APL Remains Open 2/12/21 

Good morning, APL!
In Seattle, we have received just a dusting of snow overnight, so we plan to remain open for our remote learning classes. We also will continue to accommodate the few students already approved for on-site learning.

If you live in an area that has been impacted by the snow and have lost internet access, please notify the school by calling (206) 427-0115. We will inform teachers and clinical support staff of your child’s excused absence. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Laura Barringer (she/her)
K-12 Academic Program Director

APL’s Inclement Weather Update

February 10, 2021

The forecast is showing that we may be in store for some snow over the next few days. We know many of our APL families live outside of the immediate Seattle area and may be impacted my icy roads, snow fall, and power outages. Thus, we are following guidelines similar to that of our surrounding school districts when determining the closure of in-person learning:

If winter weather requires late start, early dismissal or cancellation of in-person learning, all students will learn remotely.

  • Families of students receiving in-person instruction will be notified at 6:30 a.m. of cancellation.
  • Students receiving in-person instruction will switch to at-home learning over Zoom.
  • All other students will continue learning remotely.

If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, APL will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order:

  1. Emails, text messages, and phone calls: Families will receive an email notification, text message, or phone call by 6:30 a.m.
  2. Social Media: APL Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts will be updated: Follow us on APL Facebook,  APL Instagram and APL Twitter.
  3. School Website: We will post school schedule updates to the

If your family loses power or internet access and school is not cancelled, please notify your child’s teachers so they can excuse their absence and plan for making up any missed assignments.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and warm!

Laura Barringer (she/her)
K-12 Academic Program Director

Thank You – and You Can Help with our New South Campus

Feb. 7, 2021

We had a wonderful online Auction the first week of February. Thank you to everyone who invested in inclusion.

And if you couldn’t attend, you can still help us expand APL so we can support even more students, starting in Fall 2021.

Couldn’t watch it? The entire event is recorded on our You Tube channel!

Middle School and High School Family-Teacher Conferences

Sign up now!

We look forward to seeing you!

#Celebrate4inclusion with us!

We hope you are ready to celebrate with us the first week of February during our first-ever online auction. The silent auction will open online on February 1st and run the entire week. The broadcast of our live auction will be on Saturday, February 6th.

Go to our Auction page for information on registering, making a pre-event donation, and to follow the link to the Online Bidding page to see the items you can bid on throughout the week.

And stay up to date by checking out our social media

APL Stands Against Hate

January 7, 2021

A Letter from APL’s Executive Director

Dear APL community,  

Today I join with you in our collective sadness and horror over the events that transpired at our Capitol yesterday in Washington, D.C. This has been a year of repeated traumas for many in our school community. I’ll be honest and say that my “cup” of trauma was already pretty full yesterday; processing the horrifying visuals of rioters storming the capitol building, and piecing together the inflammatory language of our president with the timeline of events yesterday evening, truly was traumatic. The stark contrast between the way these rioters were treated and the way protesters in the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s murders were treated is striking and inspires rage in my belly.  

APL rejects the ideologies of white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and discrimination that were on display yesterday. We stand as allies working within and without our classroom spaces to educate, support, and lift others up through change in ourselves and our communities. 

Our first amendment rights as citizens of the United States are fundamental to being American, however they do not condone or protect acts of violence, or turning a peaceful assemblage into a mob. For government leaders and those in positions of legal and social power, it is critically important for them to use measured rhetoric and monitor the way their words and ideas reverberate among our citizens. That these rioters were attempting to disrupt the Electoral College certification by Congress, a ceremonial piece of our democratic structure, is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. Finally, I grieve with the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s insurrection, and for what their deaths will mean for our country’s history when we look back on this day. It is a day that will not be forgotten; our democracy is under the microscope around the world, and it is clear there is much work and healing to be done.  

Our congressional leaders’ decision to reconvene the people’s work in the Capitol chambers speaks to the hope I still have for our country. There is good, there is hope, there is bravery and strength. Yesterday saw the election of Georgia’s first senator of color and the state’s first Jewish senator. We have made such progress as a nation, and while we fight forces of hatred and division together, we must press on into the wind with linked arms, as a citizenry united.  

Kelly Meyer
Executive Directo

Join APL Online for our 2021 Open House on January 7th

Do you know of a K-12 student who could benefit from APL’s unique, inclusive environment? Or even have one in your own family? Then we invite you to join our Virtual Open House in January.

Click below to register!

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 6:00-7:30pm

Questions? E-mail us at or

APL Employees Support University District Food Bank

November 23, 2020

University District Food Bank – Building a hunger-free Northeast Seattle

Each year during the holiday season, we celebrate our staff members. This year has been challenging in many ways, as we all know. One element that was harder than usual was finding ways to honor our teachers, clinical staff, and administrators at this special time because we can’t have many of our usual events, such as potlucks and staff parties.

As we explored options that our staff would find meaningful as a token of our appreciation for their hard work, a majority of them selected the option of APL making a donation to the University District Food Bank in their names. The donation represents over 60 staff members who selected this organization and mission as the best way to honor them!

Since we are also a nonprofit organization, we are not often in the position of granting an award – but it was a wonderful feeling to send this gift.

We are grateful for all the Food Bank does for our U. District community.

Best wishes to everyone during this season from all of as at APL

APL Offers Unique Family Education Series for the First Time

November 17, 2020


Online Series on Steps to Independence and Lifelong Learning: We are excited to announce this year, APL is partnering with Seattle Children’s Autism Center to offer to our families the Next Steps Curriculum in a school setting for the first time! Next Steps is a 3-part class series designed to provide information and support for parents and caregivers of a child with autism, who is age 15 to 21 and transitioning to adulthood.

APL is opening this class up to its families interested in learning about the transition process, non-dependent on your child’s age. These classes will be facilitated by Alicia Nathan, APL’s Director of Counseling and Transition.

Please note that this series is only open to APL families. If your student is currently enrolled at APL and need registration information or have questions, e-mail Alicia Nathan at

Help APL Respond to the Pandemic

APLs Annual Fund - Covid Response. Two teachers wearing masks.
Your support helps our whole community!

Your donation to our Annual Fund campaign by the end of the year will be applied to our COVID Response Fund to help APL support students and staff members during the pandemic. And all donations up to a total of $10,000 will doubled thanks to a generous matching fund!

Click above to donate by December 31st!

In addition to being match, your donation before the end of you will also qualify you for wonderful gift – check out your options here!

Our additional expenses due to the COVID pandemic are already projected to be over $60,000 this year. To keep helping students succeed we have:

  • Invested in new technology equipment for staff
  • Expanded cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Purchased additional personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Upgraded access to online meeting & information management software

Every donation to our COVID Response Fund will help keep our families connected, our students & staff engaged, and our entire community safe.

And if you can make your contribution by December 31, 2020, you can double your gift. Thanks to matching funds committed by the executive team and board members, every donation made up to a total of $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your support of inclusive education.

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