For over sixty years, St. Anthony School Programs‘ faith-based education has helped both Catholic and non-Catholic students with intellectual disabilities live their lives to the fullest academically, socially, vocationally and spiritually.
St. Anthony School Programs, affiliated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, is an inclusive Catholic special education environment for children ages 5-21 with Down Syndrome, Autism, Aspergers and other Intellectual Disabilities.
“St. Anthony School Programs is built on kindness, understanding and growth of spirit. The students experience a faith-filled and caring environment. St. Anthony’s has provided services for thousands of families for over 60 years,” said Mark Sieg, Executive Director of School Programs.
With programs in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Washington Counties, the school serves more than 110 students a year in its faith-based education program. Ninety percent of St. Anthony’s alumni are working as productive members of the community.
One of the many impressive and unique programs offered at St. Anthony’s is the Post-Secondary Program at Duquesne University, with additional training sites at both The University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University. Typically students graduate from high school after grade 12 and go on to college, while special education students remain in the high-school environment until the age of 21. St. Anthony’s Post-Secondary Program responds to the limits of inclusion that are caused by this discrepancy by providing an advanced vocational program within a university environment.
St. Anthony’s offers an academic curriculum, vocational training, spiritual and social development, life and motor skills, behavioral support, and speech and language therapy to students. With the help of The Diocese of Pittsburgh and generous donors and staff, the school is able to individualize lesson plans and activities so each student is receiving all the services they need.
St. Anthony’s is one of the many special education programs offered across the state of Pennsylvania by Catholic schools. For more information about St. Anthony School Programs and scholarship opportunities, visit their website or Facebook page.