Sponsored by the Office of Education of the Diocese of Allentown, St. Joseph Center for Special Learning offers academic, social, religious, and pre-vocational instruction for students ages 5 – 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Schuylkill and surrounding counties.
St. Joseph Center for Special Learning is committed to educating and supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a Christ-centered environment to reach their maximum potential
and to help them lead dignified and meaningful lives.
- To address the emotional needs of each person
- To maintain a Christ-centered atmosphere
- To provide individual instruction and support plans
- To encourage a partnership between home and school
- To meet occupational, physical and sensory needs
- To promote a caring and respectful environment
- To develop life, community and vocational skills
Our curriculum is determined by the individual needs of the student body.
With an average student/teacher ratio of 7 to 1, each child receives the personal attention they deserve. Our school currently serves students and adults, religious beliefs, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds.
Conductive Education is a comprehensive, intensive, and multi-disciplinary approach to education, training and development for individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges. St. Joseph Center for Special Learning is one of only 47 centers, nationwide, and the only one in the northeastern United States, to offer this state-of-the-art program.Read MoreMore info
A regular schedule for Masses and religious services is provided that actively celebrates the seasons and themes of the liturgical year. Direct catechetical instruction appropriate to the cognitive and developmental levels of each student is provided. The school community gathers daily for Morning Prayer with sacramental preparation provided for Catholic students.Read MoreMore info
At St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, we offer Vocational Training in our PAES lab where students utilize a simulated work environment to explore vocations. The lab uses office equipment, kitchen appliances and utensils, and carpentry tools to provide students hands-on experience to help them learn a skill or trade.Read MoreMore info
Our over-21 program is a state licensed Community Habilitation Program open to individuals age 21 and over who, due to functional level, are unable to join the workforce. Each program participant is provided daily opportunities to expand their knowledge-base and smile, as they enjoy their interactions with peers.Read MoreMore info