Padre Pio Program

Padre Pio

The Padre Pio Program strives to serve students who demonstrate average or above average intellectual ability, who have no severe physical handicaps, who are not classified as emotionally handicapped nor do they have a significant behavioral disability.. Our Padre Pio students may have academic deficits in one or more of the following areas: reading, mathematics, language arts and/or writing.

Philosophy and Objectives

The professional community offers many options to educate students with learning variances.  Our program focuses on students who experience low achievement in spite of regular classroom accommodation, inclusion, or resource classroom participation.  Placement at the Padre Pio program allows these students to receive a proper education in which they function according to their ability.  Certain factors, such as a low teacher to student ratio, individualization of instruction, and trained professionals in our program, allow the educator to meet the students’ specific learning needs by addressing information processing problems, and focusing on learning modalities.

Therefore, the purpose of the Padre Pio program at St. Agatha Catholic School is to serve students who learn differently by providing a curriculum that addresses learning needs and renders instruction in academic concepts, skills, and learning strategies.  We aim to facilitate students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development in a Catholic school setting, so that the individual who learns differently may function at his/her highest level and participate effectively at school, at home, and in the community.  While ultimately, it is the goal of the program to adequately prepare students for a “mainstream” situation if they have mastered the appropriate academic and social skills for their grade level, we realize this will not be the case  for all students.

Plan of Studies

The Padre Pio program plan of studies is based on the Sunshine State Standards and any appropriate modifications needed by the individual student.  The content of the curriculum includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • religious formation   
  • reading competencies  
  • writing competencies   
  • communication competencies  
  • language competencies
  • mathematical competencies
  • learning skills and strategies
  • social and personal strategies

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Padre Pio program includes, but is not limited to, these points:

  • grade/age criteria determined on need
  • review of social, psychological, medical, and achievement data
  • evidence of academic achievement, which is significantly below the student’s level of functioning documented by a psychologist’s evaluation  (discrepancy between IQ and academic achievement)
  • documented evidence which indicates ineffective interventions
  • documented evidence of a processing disorder in one or more of the following areas: reading, language, writing, and arithmetic
  • documented psychological examination performed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist
  • documented evidence that learning problems are not due to other disabling conditions