By offering the traditional course offerings via the internet and videoconferencing technology, ACCESS gives students from across Alabama academic opportunities they would not have otherwise. ACCESS allows students to take AP courses, earn advanced diplomas, learn a foreign language and take electives that some local schools are not able to offer. The program is coordinated by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in Montgomery and has three regional support centers that train, evaluate and support ACCESS teachers. All teachers are certified to teach in the state of Alabama in their area of expertise.


All funding for ACCESS classes is provided through the ALSDE at no cost to school districts. The only cost to schools and school districts are technology equipment and a computer classroom where students can complete coursework and take proctored exams during the school day, as well as a facilitator who monitors the students while they complete their coursework.