About Us

Our Mission

Saint Anthony School Programs forms an integral part of the educational ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Rooted in the Gospel, St. Anthony School Programs provides moral and spiritual formation, an academic course of studies and vocational training for students ages 5 to 21 with special needs. The program seeks to maximize the individual student’s potential for academic learning, to foster self-respect and confidence and to develop competence in employment and living skills. In pursuit of this mission, St. Anthony School Programs promotes the concept of inclusive education within the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Our History


St. Anthony Village Orphanage in Oakmont founded


Our mission changed from caring for dependent children to educating students with special needs. Name changed to St. Anthony's School for Exceptional Children


First inclusive site opened at St. Thomas More School


Name changed to St. Anthony School Programs; Oakmont Campus closed, and we opened multiple classrooms at various Catholic school sites


Began formally offering an inclusive education program for children with special needs, ages 5-21, including Autism


St. Anthony’s celebrated 65 years of educating children with Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and special needs


St. Anthony’s continues educating students in person, in an inclusive environment, through the Covid-19 pandemic.


St. Anthony Schools Programs expanded our mission by creating the St. Anthony Extension, a grant opportunity to support additional students with learning differences within the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

All funds raised by the St. Anthony Charitable Foundation

directly support the students at St. Anthony School Programs.