Serving God's children with special needs since 1960.

Principal's Greeting

Welcome! We are delighted that you are taking an interest in Morning Star Catholic School or are part of our School family.

Morning Star Catholic School was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida. Since then, Morning Star Catholic School has educated over 2,000 children at our Orlando campus, providing students a more energized outlook on life, one filled with possibilities.

The mission of Morning Star Catholic School is to provide each of our special needs students with the opportunity to be the very best they can be. We do this by embracing each student's potential, enabling them to function more independently. We teach to the whole child, guiding them on their spiritual, academic, social, physical, and emotional journey.

Morning Star Catholic School provides a standards-based curriculum program designed specifically for students with special learning needs using Florida ACCESS Points. Each teacher creates engaging, differentiated lessons and activities using interactive materials and resources to help each student reach their specific goals.

We are blessed to be neighbors and partners with Bishop Moore Catholic High School and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School where students from Morning Star Catholic School attend extracurricular classes weekly. This partnership continues to grow, allowing for all students of the three campuses to receive a more inclusive education.

Students at Morning Star are blessed to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Art, Dance, and Music therapies are provided for our Elementary and Middle School students. They also attend Physical Education classes at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. Our High School students attend Physical Education, Band, and Art classes at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. Speech from OCPS is offered for students who qualify. We are also able to provide Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy on campus for students upon request and approval.

Students in all grade levels are able to use our Transition Lab, a fully-functional house, where they can practice a variety of life skills, such as sweeping, vacuuming, setting the table, doing laundry, folding and putting away clothes, making a bed, etc. These foundational life skills are taught and practiced throughout their development to assist students in becoming independent adults. Once they get to High School, students have the opportunity to experience a true working environment, learning practical skills, the expectations an employer has of an employee, and inter-personal relationships outside of a school setting. These real-life occupations help develop skills that prepare students for life.

The goal of our faculty and staff is to make sure each student can reach his or her potential and become an integral part of the community. I invite and encourage you to consider Morning Star Catholic School, if you are in search of a school serving students with special needs, or join us by supporting our school through a financial gift, helping us work to reach our mission. We truly have a special place here and thank you for making Morning Star Catholic School a part of your family. Please don’t hesitate to write or call with any questions you may have.

God bless you,

Dr. Alicia Abbey, Principal