Saint Bernadette`s School serves a wide of ambulatory special needs children, including TMH, EMH, LD ,BD, ED, C.P. autism and other health impaired disorders, ages 3 to 21.
Staff members at Saint Bernadette`s School are certified and the student-teacher ratio is 4:1.
Students are often tutored on a 1:1 basis as well. In addition to our own teachers and aides, our school is serviced by speech, occupational,physical, art and Social Work therapists. They see children on an individual basis, and the classroom teacher follows up on their recommendations when they are not on campus. In addition to those professionals, we are often helped by volunteers, many of whom are mothers themselves and know how to show love and patience toward our special children.
Our academic year lasts for 11 months, and students attend classes 6 ½ hours a day.
Before a child is admitted to Saint Bernadette`s School, he or she undergoes a staffing process, during which professionals from the Home School District, Autism & other health impaired evaluate the child`s needs.
This includes psychological, physical, medical, social and academic assessments.
Visual and hearing acuity tests are also given as part of the evaluation of each student. Based on this staffing, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is designed and long and short term goals and objectives are developed. This IEP is strictly confidential.
The Goal of the school is to fully develop the educational potential for each student, which is archived in a disciplined, loving and compassionate environment.
The best equipment ant teaching aides are used to further school goals. These include audio-visual aids to stimulate listening skills,increase attention span, and provide for development in all all areas. In order to develop reading, writing and mathematical skills, workbooks and written assignments are utilized.
Group activities, games and physical education routines develop coordination, social awareness, self discipline, cooperation, communication skills, etiquette and social graces. Group activities also involve field trips to variety of museums, cultural events, zoos and amusement parks.
These provide practical opportunities to learn social integration and they give staff members a chance to observe students in less restricted environments.
Hot lunches are provided daily including days of field trips development. This is an important learning opportunity. Children are taught to eat with proper utensils and given self-help skill.
Appropriate social behavior, etiquette and social graces are encouraged. All meals meet the standards of a balanced diet as approved by certified nutritionist.
Conferences between parents and teachers take place periodically to report the progress of each child. These conferences serve to help parents enhance their child`s progress at home.
Emphasis is placed on the importance of caring about the child`s work. Assessment of each child is continuous. A written review is provided annually and the child re-evaluated by Home School District every three years. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in all these assessments.
Saint Bernadette`s School does not discriminate on basis of color,race or creed for staff or students.
Saint Bernadette`s School has been used by the University of Illinois Nursing Collage and Collages of Education to train their students.
Saint Bernadette`s School is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and holds contracts with many Public School Districts. The School is member of the Chicago Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC).
STUDENTS COME FROM ALL DISTRICTS
Sister Maria Bernadette