All students — regardless of ability — are part of God’s plan and deserve the opportunity to succeed. That’s why Diocese of Allentown Catholic Schools have invested heavily in proven, compassionate education for students with special education needs.
With both a school-integrated Aquinas program that provides learning support with direct instruction, as well as focused special learning centers, we can help your son or daughter reach his or her full potential.
For students with diagnosed learning disabilities, some families prefer support in a more traditional K-12 setting. The Diocese meets their needs with the Aquinas Program — a unique solution providing both individualized instruction and peer-adjacent education at every grade.
For elementary-age students, the Aquinas Program is centered on individual, specialized instruction to address each child’s learning disability. They join their peers for religion, social studies, science, physical education, computer, and art classes throughout the week.
High school students receive an evolved form of this program. Each day, they participate in a structured Learning Strategies Class to support their special needs. For their other periods, they participate in integrated study with classmates, bolstering their self-confidence and academic success.
The Diocese runs three schools specifically designed for students with intellectual, developmental, or learning disabilities: our special learning centers. These are vibrant pre-K-12 centers where students receive access to programs that include:
Our focus at each of our three locations is whole-child education. Leveraging approaches such as group learning exercises, individualized instruction, community trips, classroom integration, and other planned activities, we help students strengthen their social and developmental skills so they can succeed inside and outside the classroom.
Supporting students with special needs — academically, spiritually, and financially — is part of our mission at Diocese of Allentown Catholic Schools. Contact us to learn about special education assessment, financial aid, and more.