Since 1965, St. Michael has educated students age six through adulthood with intellectual and developmental disabilities (i.e. those with mild to moderate disabilities, including autism, ADHD, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, and other health impaired). The curriculum includes religion, reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, computer, creative arts, culinary science, vocational training, independent living, community integration, industrial arts, and music. The school is unique in that it provides for the development of the whole child—academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually—regardless of his or her disability. Purposeful academics are geared to individual needs in an environment where every child participates in a variety of meaningful activities. Interpersonal skills and social responsibility are consistently reinforced. Extracurricular activities include speech therapy, music therapy, adaptive physical education, club participation based on interest, student council, sports, cheerleading, and various inclusive activities with respective peer groups. This balanced program in which all students participate provides for the optimum growth of the child and reflects the mission of St. Michael to provide a Catholic environment where students with special educational needs are able to grow in faith and reach their full potential – academically, socially, and physically.
St. Michael is accredited by the Louisiana Department of Education as well as AdvancEd, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews. St. Michael Special School was selected as a NASET School of Excellence for 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 by The National Association of Special Education Teachers.
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