What do we believe?

We believe that education is a joint effort bewteen school and home. Communication is essential for success and should be continuous to maintain quality and openness within our program. Each child is unique and special and will learn and develop at different rates. Learning to accept each other creates a peaceful and caring atmosphere where each child has the right to safety, love and learning.

Are we Accredited?

We are accredited by the prestigious Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and recently earned re-accreditation through a multi-year self-study process.

Why are we a good choice?

Our curriculum is determined by the individual needs of the student body and with an average student/teacher ratio of 7 to 1, each child gets the attention they deserve. Our school currently serves 17 students of various ages, religious beliefs, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Not only do we provide and educational and spiritual program for children ages 4-21 but we also offer the Practical Assessment Exploration System® (PAES) Lab to enhance vocation training for transition age students. Tuition assistance is available for qualified families.

How does religion fit in?

The teachings of Jesus are embodied in all we do. Our baptized students have the right to religious education and all involved need to have a relationship with God. Mutual respect must be present and the attitude of a Christian spirit must prevail.

What is our history?

Founded in November 1955 by Monsignor John E. Boyle of St. Patrick’s Church, Pottsville, we are the only private non-residential school for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Schuylkill County. Originally known as St. Joseph Day School and renamed St. Joseph Center for Special Learning in 1985, we moved to our current one-level, accessible site at 2075 West Norwegian Street in Pottsville in January of 1989.

How are we different?

Our building has an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, handicapped-accessible playground on site, which is used for recreational as well as therapeutic purposes. We offer speech and language therapy, a school nurse, occupational therapy, psychological evaluations, vocational technical services, work experience program, and sacramental preparation. Many students also benefit from access to computers, the Internet, sensory integrated activities, and extracurricular activities.