St. Anthony’s Post-Secondary Program is based at Duquesne University and there are training sites at both The University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University. This concept is entirely unique to both the area and the U.S.
We also offer the opportunity to be considered for participation in a noncredit college level class at Carlow University to academically qualified students. This supported class will serve as a guide to both the student and his/her family as to the student's readiness to succeed unsupported in a typical college academic program.
Typical students graduate from high school after grade 12 and then move to college, while special education students remain in the high-school curriculum until the age of 21. The Post-Secondary Program responds to the upper limits of inclusion that have been caused by this discrepancy.
The Post-Secondary Program is an advanced vocational program within a university environment which gains the important opportunity to interact with university students. Post-secondary students are trained vocationally 100 percent of their day.
Special Education Guidelines
For Parents with children presently enrolled in Saint Anthony School Programs
- All students in Special Education are guaranteed the right to an opportunity to earn a high school diploma
- A high school diploma will be awarded to a student who completes the Special Education program developed
- Special Education Students are eligible for education until the age of 21
- Transportation will continue until your child oficially graduates at the age of 21
- All parents should register with a Supports Coordination Unit. This agency is dedicated to helping individuals and families attain the best possible blend of services that balances the impact of a disability with the desire to maintain a high quality of life. There are 3 Agencies in the immediate area and they are:
A. Family Links
B. Mon Valley
C. Staunton Clinic
- During your child's last year of school OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) will be contacted to help your child enter into and/or prepare for employment
- Upon completion of 4 years of high school a student/family can:
A. Graduate and accept their diploma
B. "Bank" their diploma and continue to receive educational services until the age of 21
- "Banking" your diploma permits students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies with their graduation class, even though they will not be awarded a diploma, since they will be continuing to receive educational services. The diploma will be awarded when they complete educational services or reach the age of 21.
Guidelines for parents who want to pursue tuition funding through their local school district
- Students with disabilities in a school district are entitled to be educated to the maximum extent appropriate with students who are not disabled. This is called education in the LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
- The law requires that children with disabilities be placed in situations that will give them as many opportunities as appropriate to be with students who are not disabled
- LRE should include Life Skills Support for children whose greatest need is to learn academic, functional, or vocational skills that will allow them to live and work independently. This should include but not be limited to : mobility training, on-site real work situations, shopping in the community, cooking etc.
- The NOREP (Notice of Recommended Educational Placement) explains the educational placement for your child and explains your rights
- The parents need to approve the NOREP from the school and IEP team recommendation before the recommendation is implemented..
"The above information is intended as general background only and not as a complete description of the information, materials and applicable laws regarding these matters. Inquiries should be made to obtain additional information and to discuss your individual circumstances"
- Students must have experienced at least four years in a secondary setting.
- The student must not have received a diploma but must have “banked” it with our program or their local high school.
- Current students of St. Anthony School Programs are automatically accepted into the program, and new students will be accepted if slots are available.
- Curriculum is based on functional application of previously acquired academic skills, vocational training, mobility training with an emphasis on using public transportation, and social skill development.
- Students continue to receive specialized services such as Behavioral Health, Daily Living and Speech.
- With an innovative goal in mind for the training of our students, we have added an apartment location.
- This location allows students to work and practice during the school day on numerous independent living skills such as cooking and doing the laundry in an actual apartment environment.
- Students train vocationally on-site at various businesses in jobs such as housekeeping, maintenance, food service, childcare, mailing skills and office work.
- Off-campus job sites have included businesses such as hotels, hospitals, law firms, nursing homes and social service organizations. On campus jobs include the schools of nursing, law and human resources.
- Work sites are chosen in fields where our graduates have been successful in employment.
- Each student is paired with a work-study student who serves as his/her job coach, mentor and most importantly friend, allowing our students to develop social relationships with an age-appropriate peer.
- College work-study students provide support training to our students at the various training sites. They act as a liaison between our students and the work sites. They report and fill out daily progress reports from each job site to the on-site supervisor.
Safety, life skills and vocational curriculum are all structured to prepare students to live as independently as possible after graduation. Staff and job coaches work on areas that affect our students obtaining and keeping jobs such as poor social skills, following directions, and basic safety issues. We look to build a resume that shows the strengths and weaknesses of each student. A graduation ceremony allows families, staff, friends and peers to recognize students' accomplishments and completion of the program.