Specialized Learning

Preparing behaviorally-challenged children and youth for success in academics and beyond.

Happiness and self-esteem are closely tied to success in academics. Holy Family classrooms are specially designed to meet the needs of students whose behaviors have impeded their academic and social progress within the public school environment.

Our programs provide students with the educational resources and therapeutic environment they need to return to their home school district or regular classroom, as well as the preparation needed to obtain secure employment after graduation.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is used to reduce bullying problems and prevent new bullying problems from happening. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The program is for all students, not just those who are victims or perpetrators of bullying.

Our teachers apply the Differentiated Learning approach to engage each student according to his or her readiness, interests and learning styles. Our Differentiated Learning method includes proactively planned multiple teaching tools that offer all students an equal opportunity to learn what they need to so that they can absorb, use and present their learning in an efficient and effective manner.

Holy Family operates one specialized learning school in the Pittsburgh area. Contract classroom services are also available at the Pittsburgh Public Schools and other area school districts.

Holy Family’s alternative and specialized education programs are available to students in grades K-12. A student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from their school district must indicate they can benefit from this type of program.