Special Education Services in the Diocese of Baton Rouge began in 1962. They were started under the direction of two SSNDs and the program was initially housed in several centers. In 1981, the program was consolidated into a Special School that was housed in the present day Tracy Center on the grounds of the Catholic Life Center. In 1987, it was relocated to the school campus of St. Louis King of France so as to address “least restrictive environment” concerns. In 1988, the high school-aged students were moved to the campus of Redemptorist High School. In 1990, the remaining elementary students were moved to the campus of St. Gerard, which is now Redemptorist Elementary School. In 2010, the program was once again consolidated on one campus, that being Redemptorist High School. In January of 2015, the (six) elementary students in the program were moved back to Redemptorist Elementary. Redemptorist High School closed its doors in May of 2015 leaving the program with a total of eight students.
The Department of Special Education of the Catholic Schools, Diocese of Baton Rouge, utilizes Rigor and Relevance in a unique way to address the specific learning goals of the students it serves. In an atmosphere of Catholic Faith Formation, the program seeks to prepare students for their roles as Disciples of Christ and contributing members of a diverse society.
Current Enrollment (October 1st, 2016)
- 3 – Intellectual Disabilities
- 1 – Autism
- 2 – Lab Services
- 4 enrolled in the Autism setting
- 27 enrolled in the Intellectual Disabilities setting
- 32 enrolled in Lab Services
Catholic Schools Special Education
Director: Bethany Robicheaux
Phone: (225) 336-8735 ext. 210
Ms. Teresa Rodney, Administrative Assistant
Phone (225) 336-8735 ext. 211
PO Box 2028
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2028
Founded in 1962, the Special Education Program serves the Diocese of Baton Rouge by providing special education centers. The Program serves both Catholic and non-Catholic students from the ages of 6 to 21 who have been identified with an exceptionality according to the Louisiana Department of Education, Bulletin 1508.