Sacred Heart recognizes that special services are needed in order to help children develop necessary skills to achieve their God-given potential. This includes programs designed to help children with learning differences.
Sacred Heart believes that the parents, faculty, and administration must work cooperatively to educate the whole child. Sacred Heart helps each student to work toward his or her potential in all areas including spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic, and physical. Children pass through stages of growth and development as they work their way to maturity. For this reason, fostering the development of life skills is a vital and integral element of the curriculum offered at Sacred Heart. Our aim is to build a positive self-concept by assisting the students in being respectful and courteous both during school and at all school activities.
Gifted Education Program
While no formal gifted education program is offered at Sacred Heart, students who are excelling academically may be recommended and eligible for programs offered through Ferguson-Florissant or Hazelwood school district. Ferguson-Florissant offers the PROBE program for grades second through eighth and provides bus transportation each week. Hazelwood provides the GALACTIC program for grades first through fifth and SAIL program for sixth through eighth. Students participating in these programs may be required to make up class work as determined by the teacher.
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Learning Support Program
St. Louis Special School District teachers provide after-school special education services to students who attend private or parochial schools or who are home-schooled in St. Louis County. These services are provided through the district’s federally funded Special Non-Public Access Program (SNAP). SNAP services are provided at dozens of public school sites in St. Louis County. The after-school nature of the program allows students to receive special education and related services without having to leave their non-public schools in the middle of the day. Through the years, the district’s SNAP program has provided quality special education services to more than 15,000 private and parochial school students.For more information about SNAP services, contact Jodie Hay (north and west school districts) at 314.989.8239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacred Heart is constantly seeking ways to effectively address the learning differences and the myriad needs of students that affect learning. Education research tells us that children learn best by remaining in their classrooms under the instruction of their teacher and with their classmates. Our Learning Consultant facilitates meeting the needs of these children. She works primarily with the classroom teachers to help them understand the learning needs of students already diagnosed with special needs. She will also assist teachers in identifying students with undiagnosed learning difficulties and act as a liaison for parents and outside resources.
Sacred Heart is blessed to receive OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information System) teachers trained through the Ferguson-Florissant School District each week for 30-45 minutes relationship building sessions. These tutors work with children to help foster in them a positive self-image and motivation to read and communicate. The literacy activities used in this program draw from the tutors' and children's interests and experiences to develop language skills in written and oral communications.
Title One services are for qualifying students who are struggling with reading. Title One allows for an additional teacher to be placed in our building for half a day, every day in order to tutor those struggling to read.
Sacred Heart provides the D.A.R.E. Education Program which is taught by a trained Florissant Police Officer for the 5th grade classes. D.A.R.E.’s mission is “teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.” Sacred Heart and D.A.R.E. encourage the students to respect others and to choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.
In School Counselor
Sacred Heart recognizes that life happens and sometimes children have trouble adjusting to changes both big and small and that it is important to have a trained professional available to address any issues a student may be having. Sacred Heart has a counselor provided through Catholic Family Services come to the school for a day and a half every week. The counselor is available to counsel individual students and advise classes on common issues/changes occurring in their respective age group.
Parents are the primary educators of their children in human sexuality. Sacred Heart supports parents in this role by incorporating a chastity education program with the regular religion curriculum. The chastity education program provided for Catholic elementary schools is approved by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and emphasizes the moral teachings of the Church to grades four through seven. The eighth grade students participate in the Archdiocesan Right S.T.A.R.T. (Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today) program. This program is about respecting life and includes a five- lesson curriculum covering basic life issues that are central to our Catholic faith. Parents are involved throughout all programs.
“Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of true love.” ~ Pope John Paul II