Exceptional Students Program Sites
Autism classrooms service no more than 5-6 students
St. Louis King of France
Intellectual Disabilities classrooms service no more than 12-14 students
Our Lady of Mercy School
St. Michael the Archangel High School
The Exceptional Students program is for students who are currently identified with an Exceptionality (which means they are legitimately in need of special education services) or basically have all of the components necessary to qualify. Note: Private schools aren’t mandated to have students officially qualified, but we are considering it best practice because it’s in the best interest of our students and their families.
Having an Exceptionality is important not only because the program is designed to take them out of the regular education curriculum path/pace in order to meet their individual needs, but also because the Exceptionality makes available outside services for the students and their families not only now (ex: School Choice), but in the future when they age-out of high school. (Government programs, etc.)
Having an exceptionality brings with it the additional “best practice” of having a Service Plan for each student. This Service Plan is similar to what the public school calls an IEP, but we do not call it that because our document does not rise to the same legal standard of an IEP and we do not want parents to have any misconceptions coming in to our program. Note: The Service Plan is a required component for application to the School Choice Program.
Service Plans include periodic team meetings where assessment and progress data is reviewed. The plan also includes the creation of Progress Reports that go out at the same time as School Report Cards (four times a year) and are an additional component of a teacher’s list of responsibilities.
In each of these classes we strive to provide quality instruction incorporating faith and citizenship; qualified and caring staff; inclusion in regular education classes as deemed appropriate; student-specific programming with diagnostic services; collaboration with families on post-school transition; and of course limited class sizes. Class sizes are reflective of the overall needs of the students served in a particular type of class.