Some students with multiple, developmental or intellectual disabilities need a program that combines life skills and core academics to better prepare them for independent living. These needs are not always adequately addressed in traditional school settings that may lack this focus and an appropriate peer group.
Saint Catherine Academy, founded in 1999, has delivered on its mission to serve students ages 5 through 21 who are intellectually challenged and seek an alternative educational placement. The Academy is a state-approved school of the Diocese of Bridgeport accepts students of all faiths and is founded on the belief that each person is valued.
Students may be placed by their home district or privately placed by parents/guardians.
The program is the result of careful integration of academics, life and vocational skills delivered in a facility designed for the program. The faculty are state-certified professional educators who address the students’ social and academic education, supported by dedicated, experienced instructional assistants.
The focus of the program evolves with the student; elementary and middle school aged students spend a greater amount of time on core academics supplemented with life and social skills. The adaptive high school program introduces a greater concentration on vocational skills reinforced by maintaining academic and social skills. The Transition program has equal emphasis on vocational and independent living skills supplemented by reinforcement of functional language and math skills.
Students succeed at Saint Catherine Academy because of our small, individualized program in a nurturing, yet challenging environment that recognizes the capabilities of each student. The mission of the Academy is for each student to achieve their highest level of personal independence.