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Welcome to Saint Catherine Academy

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Saint Catherine Academy is a state-approved, private special education school in Fairfield, Connecticut, serving students of all faiths who are impacted with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

The Academy offers an alternative education for students ages 5-22 who are emotionally and behaviorally sound and available for learning, but currently unable to thrive in an inclusive setting. Our facility is intentionally designed to help students transition to an environment that encourages greater independence.

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Calendar and Events

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Sep
Academy – First Day of School
05
Sep
Labor Day
Center Closed
13
Sep
Board of Directors Meeting

In the News

Hatching the Chicks
Helen Burland
Jul 14, 2022

Hatching the Chicks

After reading an article about the lifecycle of chickens, Joanne LaPorta, a teacher at Saint Catherine Academy, wondered whether it might be possible to hatch some live chicks in the classroom. She found a local organization, Rent The Chicken, that …

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Knowing They are Loved: Faith in Their Lives
Helen Burland
May 02, 2022

Knowing They are Loved: Faith in Their Lives

Every Friday during Prayer Service at Saint Catherine Academy, Philip offers a litany of intercessions, praying for his family, classmates, teachers, and individuals he knows who are sick or struggling. He even prays for Cobalt, his pet parakeet that passed …

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Movement Toward Independence
Helen Burland
Mar 17, 2022

Movement Toward Independence

“Spread, spread. Cut, cut,” Nyah prompts herself as she prepares two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each morning in the kitchen with Kim Stevens, one of the teaching assistants at Saint Catherine Academy. With each step in the process, Nyah …

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A Message From Helen Burland, Executive Director

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