Elementary Program K-8
St. Anthony Elementary School Program allows students the opportunity to learn and grow with same-age peers. In this safe environment, all students are respected and nourished in all areas of development – intellectual, moral, spiritual, emotional, physical and social. Students are placed in age-appropriate homerooms and advance to the next grade year to year with their general education peers.
Staff & Students
- 1:3 ratio, a maximum of 13 students in each elementary Resource Room.
- Fully certified Special Education Teachers within a Resource Room Model.
- All teachers meet professional education requirements as per the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as provisional religious certification with the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
- All employees have clearances and attend numerous trainings.
- Levels of inclusion in general-education classes are determined on an individual basis.
- Inclusive classes are supported by paraprofessionals based on each student’s individual needs and abilities.
- On average, 50% of their day is in a general-education classroom, interacting with their peers.
- Students are always included in: homeroom, art, gym, music, computers, library, religion, lunch, recess, Mass, field trip, school parties, assemblies and any other special school event.
A Moral Foundation
Our moral foundation program stresses the sacred dignity of every individual, which leads the student to a deeper care for God and one’s neighbor.
- Resource Rooms include a certified special education teacher and a fully trained paraprofessional daily; service staff one time a week, which includes behavioral health counselor, motor skills instructor and daily living skills instructor.
- A nurse visits approximately one time per month and an AIU speech therapist one or two times a week.
Elementary Curriculum – 2 parts
- Life Skills – Focusing on building independence and competency for job skills in the areas of math, reading, handwriting/computer, and social skills.
- General Education Curriculum – Students are able to access the general education curriculum when appropriate, and staff will develop modifications and adaptations to homework, tests, and projects and quizzes.
St. Anthony Students follow the same dress code, policies and procedures as the general education students for the site. Also, they are able to receive sacraments and participate in school sponsored clubs and sports.