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School adds St. Anthony program
archived from: 2012-05-21
by: Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Students with special needs invited to enroll

St. Therese of Lisieux School in Munhall will open its doors in August to include students from kindergarten through eighth grade in the St. Anthony School Programs.

St. Anthony School Programs are Catholic-based, inclusive educational programs for students of all faiths who have special needs. Many of the students have various cognitive needs: autism, Down syndrome and developmental disabilities.

Believing strongly in the value of each child, St. Anthony Programs offer families a choice in educational settings because it is believed that each student is capable of learning, living, working and recreating in his/her school and community.

St. Anthony students are evaluated based upon their individual abilities, so they spend part of their school day in a typical class setting with their general education peers. Another part of their day is spent in the resource room, where teachers can provide instruction on general and religious education, daily living and motor skills, and vocational training for older students.

The educational goal is the same as for any child: to become an active participant and contributing member of society.

Students and families have been touring the Munhall school and meeting with Charity Sister Eileen Johnston, principal.

Sister Eileen, a former special-education teacher, said, “It is very easy to be welcoming to all the students because we have 100 percent support from our pastor (Father James Young), faculty and faith community. The faculty is genuinely excited about the addition of the new students. We welcome them with open arms and are delighted to have the children join us.”

The St. Anthony School Programs operate at numerous schools throughout the Pittsburgh area: Mon-Yough Catholic in White Oak, St. Mary of the Assumption School in Glenshaw, St. Thomas More in Bethel Park, Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakwood neighborhood, Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, Duquesne University, Carlow University and the University of Pittsburgh.

This one-of-a-kind model of education is nationally recognized and offers success in academics, vocational development, inclusion and social development.

St. Anthony has been the recipient of a statewide ARC Education Award, the Achieva Award for Excellence in Community Awareness and the Organization of the Year Award from the Catholic Education Foundation.

Those interested in exploring the St. Anthony Programs as an opportunity for their child can call Lisa George, program director, at 724-940-9020, ext. 105, or go to the website: stanthonyschoolprograms.com.




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