Supporting Learning Differences - CS Alliance

Supporting Learning Differences

Catholic Schools and The Pathways Approach Program

Non-public schools in particular often struggle to accommodate children with anxiety, dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning differences. It can be difficult for families to find a school where their student is welcomed and given an optimal opportunity to thrive.

Our partnership with the S.E.A.L. Foundation offers state-of-the-art special education programs through the implementation of their Pathways Approach Program which ensures students with learning differences can thrive, achieve and succeed.

Through the Pathways Approach Program, students with learning differences have full access to Catholic education with the accommodations and modifications needed to support their unique learning profile.

The S.E.A.L. Foundation provides the following expertise within our Catholic schools:

  • On site special education teachers
  • Access to Orton Gillingham trained teachers in K-2 for reading support
  • Understanding of learning differences through professional development for all school staff
  • IEP development and implementation
  • Classroom accommodations and modifications of the curriculum tailored to student need.
  • Differentiation to meet the needs of all learners

The Catholic school environment is conducive to the unique needs of different learners:

  1. Smaller class settings
  2. Flexibility within the school curriculum
  3. Strong student-teacher relationships
  4. A culture committed to the emotional and social well-being of children
  5. Exposure to Catholic teachings of social justice and strong community service

With the help of the S.E.A.L. Foundation, we have been blessed to welcome more students with learning differences to our school communities.  With their expertise, the Diocese of Fall River will continue to expand and invest in more programs to serve students with learning differences.