At Morning Star Catholic School, we evaluate each student's needs and capabilities on an indivudal basis. Our fully certified teachers use a complete standards-based curriculum, designed specifically for students with special learning needs, in an interactive and technology-rich environment.
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At Morning Star Catholic School, we work with each student, and partner with paretns, therapists, and medical providers to afford each child the opportunity to achieve their personal best. We offer small class sizes to ensure that our students receive the attention they deserve and extensive therapy offerings onsite including speech, occupation, physical, and behavioral therapies, in addition to art, dance, and music therapy. All of these individual support services drive up our cost per student.
1. Life Skills
At Morning Star Catholic School, we believe that it is important to demonstrate and practice independent living skills.
Our on-campus lab (designed as a small home space) includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, and utility area. This space allows all of our students to learn practical, hands-on life skills, within the safety and security of their school. Students of all ages and abilities are able to observe and learn cooking techniques, how to set a table, clean, do laundry, and more. Additionally, lessons in nutrition, money management, basic personal budgeting, and time management are conducted within our lab space.
Eligible High School students are also able to receive on-campus job training, which includes: filling out an application, writing a resume, working on interviewing skills, and more. Our students are then able to travel off-campus to conduct supervised on the job training with community-based business partners.
Therapy is a clinical, evidence-based, proactive approach to providing our students with the tools they need to thrive at home and school.
Therapy interventions are essential to helping our students navigate and overcome varying difficulties including: communication delays, the ability to maintain self-regulation, and managing emotions. Morning Star Catholic School tailors therapies for each of our students’ unique needs.
We work with top end providers for speech, occupational, physical, and behavioral therapists – allowing them to come on-campus during the school day to assist our students both in and outside of the classroom. Additionally, we provide art, dance, and music therapy to every student to address their physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs.
It is essential that children learn how to navigate and utilize technology in order to have the best possible opportunity to embrace their full potential in this day and age.
Each child has multiple opportunities throughout the day to interact with technology at Morning Star Catholic. Through the use of computers, tablets, touch board instruction, adaptive equipment, and online resources we provide our students with the technology they need to succeed.
Every year we anticipate costs for technology within our budget. We account for things like repairing and replacing old hardware, increasing the quantity of hardware needed based on student enrollment, and accumulating any adaptive equipment our students may need in order to properly utilize available technology. Much of our curriculum is technology driven (online and/or subscription based) which we incur a cost for annually.
4. Financial Aid
Financial aid ensures that children and families of all economic means are able to receive exceptional care and a quality education.
While the majority of our students qualify for financial assistance through state programs, including the McKay Scholarship Program and Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner), it does not cover the full cost of what it takes to educate a student with special needs.
At Morning Star Catholic School, we work with each student, and partner with parents, therapists, and medical providers to afford each child the opportunity to achieve their personal best. We offer small class sizes to ensure that our students receive the attention they deserve and extensive therapy offerings onsite, in a faith-filled, technology rich environment. All of these individualized support services drive up our cost per student.
5. Annual Fund
An Annual Fund is the financial lifeblood of any school and is used to support the current year's budget.
Donations to the Annual Fund are used for a multitude of purposes, including meeting current operating expenses and addressing some of our school’s biggest needs. A gift to the Annual Fund helps support our students in an immediate way. This allows us to keep the lights on and the doors open. It also helps us enhance our programs and services, while maintaining our facilities to the highest standard.