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Academy of Lifelong Learning Expands to Grades 9 – 12

We are excited to announce that The Academy of Lifelong Learning high school program will be expanding to grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017!

In the past, our LDI class cohorts have always blended both high school-diploma seeking students, with college-capable postsecondary students pursuing higher education, job training and self-sufficiency. We have limited enrollment to our high school component to students who are 17 and older, and have had many international and US students who succeeded in our non-traditional learning community after years of failure and hopelessness in traditional academic settings.`

Due to the growth of the existing program, school choice scholarship funding, and local demand for a 4 year, secondary-level version of our  young adult program of instruction,  The Academy now becomes a separate school program, where it will be housed in new quarters and staffed with special education-certified academic and student advisement staff.

To learn more about this exciting program, please contact us at

Program Highlights:

In addition to parent-paid tuition or school district referrals, Arizona taxpayers have ways to fund private education through donations to what are known as School Tuition Organizations (STO). LDI has a nonprofit, Education Foundation (link to STO) whose sole purpose is to provide scholarships to students with special learning needs. LDIEF works with partners programs to leverage School Choice tax- credit funding that provides private special education school scholarships for Arizona and some out-of-state students.

Academy of Lifelong Learning students using these scholarships have experienced 90% graduation rates, with students transitioning out to college completion, technical training , holding down a job and supporting themselves.

3LDI recently establishes a community partnership with Cisco Systems by becoming an approved Cisco Networking Academy Program.

An LDI source of strength and relevance for our students is our network of collaborating colleges, businesses and community-based training options. In expanding that continuum of adult options and opportunities, LDI formally became a new Cisco Networking Academy Program in March, 2017.

Every year, the Cisco Networking Academy program teaches hundreds of thousands of students worldwide the skills needed to build, design, and maintain, networksimproving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. This training provides a better, more viable option in place of where tech-savvy students think of themselves in careers as professional video game testers or designers!

At LDI, our students will develop specific foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Networking Academy helps students prepare to assume entry-level ICT jobs, pursue additional training or education, and earn globally recognized certification so they can maintain networks that form the backbone of todays — and tomorrows global economy.

The Networking Academy uses a public-private partnership model to create the worlds largest classroom.Cisco partners with educational institutions, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, governments, and community centers that provide classroom space, computer lab equipment, and qualified instructors. Cisco provides online curricula, teacher training, and professional development for instructors. 

The LDI/Cisco Networking Academy courses are offered in multiple languages through a blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with online curricula, interactive tools, hands-on activities, and online assessments that provide immediate feedback to the learner.

With 10,000 academies in 165 countries, Networking Academy helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) careers in virtually every type of industry. LDI is excited for the formal launch and integration of this new program component in Fall 2017! Contact us today to learn more!


This has been a special needs program update from Life Development Institute. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.