Special Education

National Catholic Educational Association Convention 2017

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The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to host the 2017 Convention & Expo of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at The America’s Center from April 18-20, 2017. The Catholic Education Office will spend the next year planning to welcome 8,000+ Catholic educators and leaders to our beautiful city.

At the 2016 Convention, visitors from Catholic schools from as far away as Australia and Guam attended 272 presentations on a variety of topics related to curriculum, instruction, leadership, enrollment management, development and imagining the future of Catholic education in the 21st century and beyond! Vibrant liturgies every day provided attendees time to pray together and reflect on our unified mission to go out and make disciples of all those we teach. In addition, hundreds of educational suppliers were on hand to present their newest resources.

At the conclusion of the 2016 Convention, Dr. Nelson spoke to all in attendance following the closing liturgy to express our gratitude to our hosts in San Diego and the NCEA leadership, and to invite everyone to attend the 2017 NCEA Convention & Expo in St. Louis. To entice them even more, he introduced our “Welcome to St. Louis!” video of which we are most proud. You will be too!

This video focuses on our 200-year history of providing Catholic education in St. Louis, and on our Catholic identity as both a city and a school system of 140 elementary, secondary and special education schools. We hope you enjoy it and share it with your family and friends!

Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference

Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 9:00am - 2:30pm

The Archdiocesan Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 on the campus of St. Louis University. This year's theme is "Catechists and Teachers Called and Sent as Missionary Disciples" Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jacquelyne M. Wittter. The day begins with 9:00am Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church. For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Blackburn at 314.792.7373 or Peggy Visconti at 314-792-7335 or by email.

Location: 
St. Louis University Campus
1 N Grand Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63103

National Catholic Educational Association Convention 2017

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is pleased to host the 2017 Convention & Expo of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at The America’s Center from April 18-20, 2017. The Catholic Education Office will spend the next year planning to welcome 8,000+ Catholic educators and leaders to our beautiful city.

At the 2016 Convention, visitors from Catholic schools from as far away as Australia and Guam attended 272 presentations on a variety of topics related to curriculum, instruction, leadership, enrollment management, development and imagining the future of Catholic education in the 21st century and beyond! Vibrant liturgies every day provided attendees time to pray together and reflect on our unified mission to go out and make disciples of all those we teach. In addition, hundreds of educational suppliers were on hand to present their newest resources.

At the conclusion of the 2016 Convention, Dr. Nelson spoke to all in attendance following the closing liturgy to express our gratitude to our hosts in San Diego and the NCEA leadership, and to invite everyone to attend the 2017 NCEA Convention & Expo in St. Louis. To entice them even more, he introduced our “Welcome to St. Louis!” video of which we are most proud. You will be too!

This video focuses on our 200-year history of providing Catholic education in St. Louis, and on our Catholic identity as both a city and a school system of 140 elementary, secondary and special education schools. We hope you enjoy it and share it with your family and friends!

Devotion to Saint Louis

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In 2014, the city of St. Louis, Missouri celebrated its 250 Anniversary.  How much do you know about the man for whom the city is named?  Explore this resource for answers!

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About Special Education Schools

Founded in 1950 by Monsignor Elmer Behrmann, the Department of Special Education of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers a variety of high-quality programs to meet the special needs of students who do not experience success in a general education setting.

The Department of Special Education offers elementary special education schools, early intervention centers, learning centers located partner Catholic elementary schools, pre-vocational services for students with disabilities in partner Catholic high schools, and a center for autism and/or other severe learning disorders.

Each location offers individualized instruction and activities designed to help every child reach his/her God-given potential in a nurturing, accepting, family-like environment. Special education instructional programs include religious education, sacramental preparation and Gospel values. Each school and center is accredited and licensed and seeks to exceed minimum standards, striving for excellence.

Special education schools and centers focus on a child's strengths, abilities, and current successes and potential for the future, rather than on his/her disability. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child's social, personal and academic growth in partnership with faculty members specially trained in learning disorders and child development. In a setting with a low student-to-teacher ratio, teachers can give special attention to improvement of a student's organizational skills, homework completion and school conduct, as well as to providing an appropriately challenging curriculum that provides opportunity for success.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Special Education is to provide quality education, success in life, and a living faith for children with special learning needs.

Types of Special Education Programs Offered
Catholic special education programs are categorized as Archdiocesan schools/centers and private schools.

Archdiocesan—

  • Early Intervention Centers that provide day care and pre-school for all children ages six weeks to six years and developmental, occupational, speech and physical therapies and classroom-based intervention services for children with developmental disabilities and delays.
  • Elementary Special Education Schools for students in grades K-8 who have one or more diagnosed learning disabilities, attention deficits, speech-language disorders or cognitive processing deficits that require special education.
  • A Center for Autism for students with autism-spectrum disorders that require a customized program, intensive speech-language therapy and sensory integration therapy.
  • Learning Centers located in partner Catholic elementary and secondary schools for students who have one or more diagnosed learning disabilities, attention deficits, speech-language disorders or cognitive processing deficits that require part of their curriculum to be taught in a special education classroom.
  • Pre-vocational services for students with disabilities in partner Catholic high schools.

Private—

Private special education schools are owned and operated by other Catholic agencies and the Archdiocese of St. Louis maintains a collaborative relationship with them.

  • St. Joseph's Institute for the Deaf provides auditory-oral education and a wide range of programs and services for hearing-impaired children and young adults.

Admission to Archdiocesan Department of Special Education Schools and Programs:

Records required for admission include:

  • diagnostic and prescriptive reports from all professionals who have diagnosed and/or who are currently providing services to address students' disabilities or special needs.
  • records from all elementary school grades attended to date.

These records are utilized to gain the fullest possible understanding of students’ needs to determine appropriate placements, learning profiles, and educational services offered.

For additional information contact:

Department of Special Education
Catholic Education Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO  63119
cmartin@archstl.org
314-792-7320

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