For over 50 years, St. Michael Special School has educated students ages six through adulthood with special needs (i.e. those with mild, moderate, and severe 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 is 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. A small teacher-pupil ratio, faculty trained in special education, and the use of specialized techniques ensures our students are able to reach their full potential. This balanced program in which all students participate provides for the optimum growth of the child and reflects the mission of St. Michael Special School 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.