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St. Anthony School program matriculates students through elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education.
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St. Anthony’s Post-Secondary Program is based at Duquesne University and there is a training site at Carlow University. This concept is entirely unique to both the area and the U.S.
Typical students graduate from high school after grade 12 and then move to college, while special education students remain in the high-school curriculum until the age of 21. The Post-Secondary Program responds to the upper limits of inclusion that have been caused by this discrepancy.
Special Education Guidelines
For Parents with children presently enrolled in Saint Anthony School Programs
- All students in Special Education are guaranteed the right to an opportunity to earn a high school diploma
- A high school diploma will be awarded to a student who completes the Special Education program developed
- Special Education Students are eligible for education until the age of 21
- Transportation will continue until your child officially graduates at the age of 21
- All parents should register with a Supports Coordination Unit. This agency is dedicated to helping individuals and families attain the best possible blend of services that balance the impact of a disability with the desire to maintain a high quality of life. There are 3 Agencies in the immediate area and they are:
A. Family Links
B. Mon Valley
C. Staunton Clinic
- During your child's last year of school OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) will be contacted to help your child enter into and/or prepare for employment
- Upon completion of 4 years of high school a student/family can:
A. Graduate and accept their diploma
B. "Bank" their diploma and continue to receive educational service until the age of 21
- "Banking" your diploma permits students with disabilities to participate in graduation ceremonies with their graduation class, even though they will not be awarded a diploma, since they will be continuing to receive educational services. The diploma will be awarded when they complete educational services or reach the age of 21.
Guidelines for parents who want to pursue tuition funding through their local school district
- Students with disabilities in a school district are entitled to be educated to the maximum extent appropriate with students who are not disabled. This is called education in the LRE (Least Restrictive Environment)
- The law requires that children with disabilities be placed in situations that will give them as many opportunities as appropriate to be with students who are not disabled
- LRE should include Life Skills Support for children whose greatest need is to learn academic, functional, or vocational skills that will allow them to live and work independently. This should include but not be limited to: mobility training, on-site real work situations, shopping in the community, cooking etc.
- The NOREP (Notice of Recommended Educational Placement) explains the educational placement for your child and explains your rights
- The parents need to approve the NOREP from the school and IEP team recommendation before the recommendation is implemented.
"The above information is intended as general background only and not as a complete description of the information, materials and applicable laws regarding these matters. Inquiries should be made to obtain additional information and to discuss your individual circumstances"
- Students must have experienced at least four years in a secondary setting.
- The student must not have received a diploma but must have “banked” it with our program or their local high school.
- Current students of St. Anthony School Programs are automatically accepted into the program, and new students will be accepted if slots are available.
- Functional academics taught include reading, math, current events, budgeting, behavioral health, physical education, health, and mobility training.
- Students are taught independent living skills once a week at our off-campus apartment. Instruction includes operating large and small appliances; doing laundry; identifying and using correct cleaning products for particular needs; cooking 2X/month which entails making a shopping list, comparative pricing, shopping, preparing the meal and cleaning afterwards; how to change sheets, fold and hang clothes; and household safety
- This community-based instruction includes students frequenting the local library, grocery store, and bank.
- The focus of our vocational training program is teaching students skills that will help them attain and retain employment after completing our program. Emphasis is placed on developing a work ethic, punctuality, productivity, endurance, problem-solving skills, self-motivation, time management, and social skills.
- Students train vocationally on and off campus at various businesses in jobs such as housekeeping, maintenance, food service, mailing skills and office work.
- Off-campus job sites have included businesses such as hotels, hospitals, law firms, nursing homes and social service organizations
- Work study students are integral to the success of the post-secondary program. These young adults serve as peer mentors, friends, role-models, and job coaches. We interview and accept an average of 20 work study students each year who assist us throughout the week.
- Work study students attend a yearly orientation on the specifics of our population and effective strategies to use.
- These students assist staff in taking our students to off-campus job sites, the apartment, and support classes. They independently take our students to on-campus job sites. They also eat lunch with our students adding to the campus inclusion.
- Students are taught mobility using public transportation. They ride PAT buses and the T to get to off-campus job sites, as well as navigating city streets by walking. Once a month students apply their training with a full day of using public transportation and navigating communities. Key components addressed are reading bus schedules, using the Connect Card, appropriate social skills, identifying landmarks, and knowing bus stops.
- Our Post-Secondary program proudly boasts many collaborations in various departments on campus. Students from different majors complete their service learning with us regularly, including the OT, Speech, and Music Departments.
- Our students have participated in grant projects through different campus departments.
- The campus police assist us daily with arrival and dismissal of buses, as well as give us a yearly tour of their station.
- Numerous coaches, trainers, and student athletes from the university speak to our students during our health class to help our students understand their sport, training techniques, and what it takes to compete/participate at the college level.
- Numerous workers throughout the campus provide us vocational opportunities in the way of on-campus job sites.
- Students participate in mock interviews and write a resume each year in our post-secondary program in preparation for attaining employment upon graduation.
- We are a liaison for families and OVR to help get their cases opened and the process started if needed.
- We hold a graduation ceremony on campus for all students completing our program, their families, vocational partners, and school district representatives, enhanced by each graduate giving a speech.
St. Anthony School Programs
For over 65 years, St. Anthony School Programs has been helping students of all faiths with intellectual disabilities live their lives to the fullest academically, socially, vocationally and spiritually.