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L.O.P.E.S. Academy

L.O.P.E.S. Academy
Grand Canyon University
L.O.P.E.S. Academy
Grand Canyon University, Attention: Dr. Heidi Boldway
3300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Program Contact Dr. Heidi Boldway
Program Contact Email
Phone 602-639-7094
Website Program website

The L.O.P.E.S. Academy is a 2-year, not for credit, non-degree program focused on workforce development that provides an inclusive, immersive Christian university experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities focused on finding personal purpose through academic, social and job skills development. L.O.P.E.S. stands for Learning Opportunities for Participation and Engagement in School.

Program information submitted: October 20, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 21
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: July 31st Annually
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-27
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 90.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Acceptance into the program is based on the program's essential elements. Not all who apply meet the essential elements criteria.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $5000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Scholarship availability is based on fundraising and private donations.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Courses in this program are designed with a workforce development focus and parallel existing for-credit courses. There are no assignments or exams to reduce anxiety. Courses include: UNV-001: L.O.P.E.S. University Success COM-002: Communication and Social Skills CWV-003: Finding Your Purpose Through a Christian Worldview LDR-004: Professionalism and Customer Service NSC-005: Nutrition and Well-Being FIN-006: Math and Daily Living UNV-007: Campus Experience Internship

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience:

We are completing our first cohort in Spring 2023, at which time students will participate in an internship experience with the goal of employment on the GCU campus or with other professional partners. The LOPES Academy focus is the university experience and workforce development through specially designed coursework, workshops, guest speakers, activities, and internships. Individualized job coaching is provided during the internship phase of the program.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events