Learning Leads to Independence

Our students come to Saint Catherine Academy with a need: a need to learn; a need to belong; a need to be recognized. We meet the student where they are and work to move them forward in their interpersonal skills, academic skills, vocational experiences—all to build life skills that leads them to independence.



4dec6:00 pm- 9:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

8decAll DayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionNo School(All Day: friday)

22decAll DayAnnual Christmas Pageant(All Day: friday)

22dec12:00 pm- 12:00 pmEarly Dismissal12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

25dec - 1janAll DayChristmas RecessNo School(All Day)


25dec - 1janAll DayChristmas RecessNo School(All Day)

2janAll DayCenter ReopensAll programs in session(All Day: tuesday)

15janAll DayMartin Luther King, Jr. DayNo School(All Day: monday)

25janAll DayProfessional DevelopmentEarly Dismissal at 12:00 noon(All Day: thursday)


Academy Expands Autism Program

Fairfield — In furtherance of our mission to serving student who are impacted with a variety of disabilities, Saint Catherine Academy has developed a program specific to students with autism. Our highly structured, multi-disciplinary program is relationship based and individualize to meet the specific and challenging issues students often face. Our program is staffed by a special education teacher with over ten years experience teaching students with autism, and is supported by a BCBA, social worker, speech pathologist, occupational and physical therapy services. Teaching assistants with specific training and experience related to autism provide classroom support.

As a state-approved, private special education school, we hold high expectations for our students as they advance academically; develop interpersonal competencies; and add independent living and vocational skills. Our facility is intentionally designed to help students transition from former environments to one that encourages greater independence. In our nurturing, learning community, students develop positive self-esteem and self-confidence while acquiring the necessary skills to reach their potential for independent living or a return to a mainstream education environment.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, please contact Brian Farrell, Director of Education, at 201-540-5381 ext. 2002 or by email at bfarrell@diobpt.org.

“Special Needs Trusts or Able Accounts- What Do I Need to Know?”



“Special Needs Trusts or Able Accounts- What Do I Need to Know?”

Saint Catherine Academy will host a workshop for parents of special needs children to learn about financial planning for the future. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm at 760 Tahmore Drive in Fairfield. Stephen Ehrens, CPA and Wealth Advisor from Northwestern Mutual will discuss estate planning considerations, special needs trusts, wills, and  benefit programs including Social Security and Medicaid. Steve will also present information on “Able Accounts”, newly legislated as a tax sheltered vehicle for children with special needs. Material will be provided and there will be time for questions. Parents are encouraged to attend. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 203-540-5381 or email hburland@diobpt.org.

Financial workshop Nov 2017