Belief That ALL Students Can Succeed
PRIDE is an innovative, K-8 Archdiocesan program designed to meet the needs of students who learn differently. Our students are of average to above average intelligence, with mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Our PRIDE program is staffed by highly qualified special education teachers who design specific programs to meet the personal learning needs of each child. Small group sizes and a modified curriculum for Language Arts and Math are hallmarks of our program.
From the founding of PRIDE in 1994, our students have flourished in Catholic and area high schools, as well as in various colleges. As young adults, they continue to serve as a source of inspiration.
Components of PRIDE
P - PUPILS We see pupils in our program as children, first, then as students who learn differently. Our mission is "to teach as Jesus did."
R - RECEIVING Our PRIDE students receive individualized attention both in small groups and in the development of a Personalized Progress Plan to assist them in achieving success.
I - INCLUSIVE Like every Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic School student, PRIDE students benefit from learning in a faith-filled environment. They work in small groups for Reading and Math instruction, yet are fully included in all other subject areas with their peers.
D - DIVERSIFIED Our program includes development of study strategies and organizational skills as well as classroom accommodations based upon each child's individual needs.
E - EDUCATION In a warm, caring environment, uniqueness is celebrated and children are encouraged to utilize their God-given gifts to reach their full potential.
Students in the PRIDE Program benefit in three ways:
- A Personalized Progress Plan (PPP) is developed for each PRIDE student. Special educators use the PPP to plan Language Arts and Math instruction in a small group setting. These groups meet during the regularly scheduled Language Arts and Math instructional times.
- Each child in the program is an integral part of the general education classroom. Most of their day is spent with classmates in social studies, science, religion, and special area subjects. Students meet with success in mastering these content areas. Accommodations based upon their Personalized Progress Plan support achievement.
- Supported by the total school community, PRIDE students, their parents and teachers partner to create an environment where all students meet success through ongoing parent support, professional development for all teachers, and integration of educational technology.
If you have a child whom you believe would benefit from our program, please call us for additional information and to schedule a shadow visit.
PRIDE Application Requirements
At the time of application, the following is required:
- Current educational and cognitive testing with clinical diagnosis dated within the last three years
- Report cards for the past two years
- Most recent IEP or 504 plan, if applicable
- Standardized test scores
- In-person interview with Guidance Counelor