Learning Leads to Independence

Our students come to Saint Catherine Academy to learn, to belong, to be recognized. We meet each student where he or she is, helping them to develop their interpersonal and academic skills, and take advantage of vocational experiences—all of which builds life skills needed for greater independence.



5novAll Day1st Quarter Ends(All Day: monday)

6nov8:00 am- 2:30 pmNo School - Staff RetreatAll Staff (No Students)8:00 am - 2:30 pm

12novAll DayEarly Dismissal - Professional DevelopmentEarly Dismissal at 12:00 noon(All Day: monday)

19nov6:00 pm- 9:00 pmAnnual Board's Dinner with Bishop Caggiano6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

19nov6:30 pm- 8:30 pm"Changing Expectations: Understanding How Funding Impacts Choices for People with Disabilities"Fairfield Warde High School, Fairfield6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

21novAll DayThanksgiving Recess - Early DismissalEarly Dismissal at 12:00 noon(All Day: wednesday)

22novAll DayThanksgivingCenter Closed(All Day: thursday)

23novAll DayThanksgiving RecessCenter Closed(All Day: friday)


3dec6:00 pm- 9:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

21dec10:00 am- 12:00 pmChristmas Pageant10:00 am - 12:00 pm

24dec - 1janAll DayChristmas RecessCenter Closed(All Day)


A Smooth Start to the School Year

Saint Catherine Academy students and staff were excited to see each other again and get the new academic year rolling, settling into familiar routines and adjusting to new ones. Almost two weeks later we’ve already had our first fire drill—receiving a thumbs-up from the Fairfield Fire Department—and played our first kickball game, evoking big smiles and high-fives at every base.

Like new shoots in a garden, there are already signs of individual growth in every class—such as advancing to double-digit addition, starting a new reader, or to learning a new word in sign language. Some students have taken on new roles as leaders in their class, welcoming others and helping when they can. “They are becoming good friends to each other,” said Mrs. LaPorta.

Often the most enjoyable moments of the day are in the smallest activities, done together—singing attendance in Mrs. LaPorta’s class; picking out lockers in Sr. Cheryl’s; going to the grocery store for supplies with Mrs. Mitchell’s class; and enjoying a new reading corner with Mrs. McMahon. Mr. Matt is back with music class on Wednesdays, and students have been busy decorating project folders with our new Art teacher, Megan Collins.

“It’s been a smooth start,” noted Eric Spencer, our new principal, who has been getting to know everyone, greeting students in the morning, sitting in on classes, and meeting parents in the afternoons as they come to pick up their children. “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve witnessed not only structured learning in the classroom, but daily acts of care and kindness. It’s obvious to me that students feel emotionally safe and nurtured by the staff. This is what makes Saint Catherine Academy such a special place.”