Special Education Schools and Centers

Special Education Schools and Centers

North County Catholic School Students Donate

North County Catholic School Students Donate
over $8,200 to Catholic Charities for Hurricane Relief 


Look for coverage on local media this evening - KSDK Channel 5 and KMOV Channel 4 attended our event this morning!

Students at all the Catholic elementary schools in North County participated in various fundraising efforts this month to support relief efforts in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. With pocket change collections, dress down days and other creative events and ideas, each school raised money to support Hurricane Relief Efforts through Catholic Charities St. Louis. On Wednesday, Sept. 27th students from each school gathered at SSM Health DePaul Hospital to present their collection for Catholic Charities St. Louis (CCSL). As a symbol of how they "pooled" their funds, the students each poured a container of coins and bills into a plastic swimming pool. Mrs. Cheryl Archibald, Board Chair for CCSL accepted the donation of more than $8,200, 100% of the students' donations will be used to support relief efforts in affected areas. Shelly Cordum, MS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at DePaul Hospital, spoke to the students about how their donations are so needed and appreciated, from her perspective as someone who was actively involved in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Looking for faith formation opportunities or a fun night out with friends? Browse the parish bulletins for a wealth of information about events and activities that our parishes and schools are hosting in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Fall Festivals and Fundraisers at our Parishes:
(click the links for more details in each parish's bulletin or website)

And, here are a few upcoming local community events you can enjoy with your family and friends!

October 13 - Florissant Food Truck Knights at the KofC groundsOctober 21 - Race to the Shrine Oct. 21
October 21 - Trinity's Treasure Island Dinner Auction

Spread the Word! Follow our Schools and Parishes on Facebook

Federation of Catholic Schools
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Christ Light of the Nations
Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sacred Heart
St. Ann - Normandy
St. Angela Merici
St. Ferdinand
St. Martin De Porres
St. Norbert Parish
St. Norbert School
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
St. Sabina

Think about why you choose (or chose if you have alumni) a Catholic school for your children. Share your thoughts on social media or simply in conversation with friends and family members.

And, most importantly, PRAY for our students, teachers, principals, pastors, parishioners and all who support Catholic education in our community.

Other North County Catholic institutions are also on Facebook - be sure to follow them, too!

Trinity Catholic High School
Incarnate Word Academy
Old St. Ferdinand Shrine
North County CYC

Planning Underway for Sacramental Preparation Retreats The schools and PSR programs from our Federation parishes are working together on sacramental preparation retreat days for 2nd grade students at Pallottine Renewal Center and for 7th-8th grade students at Trinity Catholic High School. Retreat days for 2nd grade students are set for Oct. 5, Oct. 25 and Nov. 6 at Pallottine Renewal Center. The full-day retreats will be led by the Sacred Heart Sisters from the Archdiocese's Paul VI Institute. Last year's retreats were funded by a grant from The Koch Foundation, and were so successful that pastors and principals decided to continue them this year even without grant funding. A grant is being requested to continue them for 2018-19.

On Friday, Oct.13 Trinity Catholic High School will again host the North County Deanery's Confirmation Youth Rally. The REAP Team leads this interactive day for 7th and 8th grade students preparing for confirmation, both from elementary schools and PSR programs. Bishop Rivituso will celebrate the closing mass at 3pm at the end of the Rally. Please pray for all those preparing this special day, and for the students who are ready to take the next step in their faith journeys.

High School Nights!

North County is home to two excellent Catholic High Schools - Trinity Catholic High School and Incarnate Word Academy. Families with students in grades 6-8 are invited and encouraged to learn more about options for Catholic High Schools at several High School Nights throughout St. Louis.
A detailed schedule is available here.

Trinity Catholic High School (1720 Redman Rd, 63138) will host a High School Night on Thursday, October 5th, 7 pm

Schools Presenting: Barat ~ Bishop DuBourg ~ Cardinal Ritter~ Chaminade ~ CBC ~ Cor Jesu ~ De Smet ~ Duchesne ~ Incarnate Word Academy ~ Nerinx Hall ~Rosati-Kain ~ St. John Vianney ~ St. Joseph's ~ St. Louis Priory ~ SLUH ~ St. Mary's ~ Trinity Catholic ~ Ursuline ~ Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill ~ Visitation

Also save the date for Sunday, November 5th, which is High School Open House day!



How to Give - Department of Special Education

The Department of Special Education seeks to provide services to all children who need them. We can only do this with your help. We are most grateful to the individuals, corporations, foundations, and other generous groups who contribute to our mission of serving students with special needs. We invite you to join them in supporting our mission by making a tax deductible contribution online for one of the following:

-Tuition Assistance for children in our special education schools and centers
-Developmental Therapies for children at St. Mary's Pre-Schools
-Special Religious Education Ministry for persons with developmental disabilities
-Vocational and Life Skills Training for adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities
-Monsignor Elmer Behrmann Memorial Fund

Click here to Make your Gift

Donations may also be mailed to:

Catholic Education Office
Department of Special Education
4445 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63108

The Department of Special Education and St. Mary's Special Services
extends special acknowledgement and gratitude for the financial support of:

Annual Catholic Appeal
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Variety – The Children’s Charity of St. Louis
Today and Tomorrow Foundation
• The Foundation for Special Education of Children
• Scroogebusters
• The Tilles Fund
• The Employees Community Fund of Boeing St Louis
Knights of Columbus
• Missouri Early Childhood Grants
• Ronald McDonald House Charities
• And other generous benefactors

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St. Mary's Special Services

Two inclusionary pre-schools that provide early intervention services for children who have developmental delays and child care for children with disabilities and children without disabilities:

St. Mary’s Pre-School-North
1724 Redman Road
St. Louis MO 63138-1732
Carol McCandless, Director
St. Mary’s Pre-School-South
1045 Union Road (near I-55)
St. Louis MO 63123-6648
Molly McCue, Director

St. Mary's Special Services extends special acknowledgement and gratitude for the financial support for its mission received from:

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Early Intervention Services:

St. Mary’s Special Services offers early intervention services for children with developmental delays beginning at six weeks and continuing to their third birthday. These services include physical, occupational, behavioral, speech and developmental therapies. Both center-based and in-home therapies are available.

Detecting and working with developmental delays early in a child’s life dramatically reduces the need for services later in life. Our goal at St. Mary’s is for students to no longer need services, or to receive services in the least restrictive environment.


Child care is offered in an inclusionary setting at both St. Mary’s locations. Learning in an inclusionary environment is beneficial to both children with disabilities and to children without disabilities. Peer modeling allows children with disabilities to learn by example, and children without disabilities learn acceptance and tolerance.

Class sizes are limited to maintain a therapeutic environment, and an individualized curriculum allows each child to achieve a skill level based on their own development.

St. Mary’s Preschool enrollment rates are classroom and program-choice-dependent. Children are assigned to classrooms based on their individual needs and abilities. Please call for more information.


Special Education Schools & Centers

The Department of Special Education operates a variety of schools and learning centers to serve families whose children can benefit from special educational assistance. Following a child’s psycho-educational evaluation at the Catholic Guidance Center to identify educational needs and develop educational strategies (or at St. Mary’s Preschool for children up to age 6), referrals are made to programs hosted at the following locations.

For elementary school students, academic subjects include religion, reading, spelling, writing, math, social studies and science as well as music, art and physical education. Speech and language therapists are on each staff. Students are included in all classes where academically appropriate. Special education teachers work closely with other classroom teachers to ensure maximum progress and success by each student.


Full-time specialized programs offered individualized and small group programs with special learning needs (rather than emotional or behavioral disorders) are offered at two locations.

• Annunziata School (five classrooms)
9333 Clayton Road
Ladue MO 63124-1511
Ms. Gerre Book, Principal

• The Academy at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (four classrooms)
1220 Paddock Drive
Florissant MO 63033-3500
Ms. Jay Persinger, Principal

Learning Centers within Parish Schools

The Department of Special Education augments classroom learning at parish-based learning centers. To augment classroom learning, the Department of Special Education provides learning centers within three traditional parish schools.

• Ascension School (one classroom)
238 Santa Maria
Chesterfield MO 63005-1631

• Seven Holy Founders School (one classroom)
6737 Rock Hill Road
St. Louis MO 63123-3198

• St. John the Baptist School (three classrooms and a learning center)
4170 Delor
St. Louis MO 63116-3363

Special Classes

Students with challenged learning abilities receive extra support in special classrooms. Through a program introduced in 2006, special classes are offered to help students with autism and developmental disabilities at:

• St. Gemma Center for Autism
15712 Clayton Road
Ellisville MO 63011-2300

Vocational Education

The Department of Special Education offers vocational and job training through St. Joseph’s Vocational Program, operated by St. Mary’s Special Services for young adults aged 15 to 20 transitioning to independent living. This comprehensive program includes full-time or part-time vocational and job training, plus independent living skills education. (more) and link to anchor of Vocational Education in Schools & Centers

Summer School

Summer School programs are offered for children with special learning needs. For more information, contact Janet Nemec, Ph.D., at 314.533.3454 ext. 221.

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