Huntsville Achievement School moves into old Westlawn Elementary

Monday, June 19th 2017, 5:13 pm CDT by Cat Reid
Updated: Monday, June 19th 2017, 6:30 pm CDT – Huntsville, Alabama – News Weather, Sports |

Huntsville City Schools just turned over the keys to the old Westlawn Elementary off Bob Wallace. This was the last school year for students there, who will now attend Morris P-8. But the school’s new tenant is also in the business of education.

Huntsville Achievement School is a private institution that has been around for 60 years, operating out of a shared space with First Baptist Church. The school provides a haven for students dealing with A.D.D., dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome and other learning differences.

“What we try to tell the kids is basically their past is on the outside of those doors, and the future is on the inside, and what they make of that future is up to them,” Richard Reynolds, the principal and executive director, explained.

Reynolds is in the process of remodeling one wing of the school, transforming Westlawn’s dark hallways into bright, welcoming corridors for students with unique educational needs. He hopes to finish renovations early enough for students and their families to tour the new space before school starts.


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