All students are embraced as members of the Body of Christ as an integral part of the Academy.
In 2004, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), revised their Special Needs Directory, a compilation of what services are offered by various (arch)dioceses across the country to “serve as an invitation, to us as bishops, and to our diocesan administrators, pastors, catechists, principals, teachers, and families, to strive constantly to open our doors wider to accommodate the uniqueness of all members of our Catholic family. May Jesus bless and guide those efforts, as we heed his exhortation to ‘Let the children come to me.’… Our commitment as Catholics to a culture of life calls us not simply to accept, but to celebrate the special gifts that persons with disabilities bring to our Catholic family.”
In 2005, the USCCB also published a document entitled Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium. In this document, dioceses, schools, and persons who have taken the initiative to serve those students with disabilities by providing a Catholic education were applauded and encouraged to continue in this endeavor. It is with this visionary effort along with the presence of a true need in our Diocese that All Saints Catholic* Academy has been established. No one should be denied the opportunity to receive a Catholic education. The inclusive philosophy requires that we see the person before we see the disability. This is visible in the emphasis on personalism that John Paul II often emphasized.
Inclusion of Special Needs Students
- Individual assistance is given as part of the school day.
- Academic, social, and environmental accommodations are easily put in place for each student.
- Children with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and Down Syndrome have been served to date.
- Therapy space provided in-house during school hours.
*All Saints Academy is not an entity of the Diocese of Raleigh.