Special People In Catholic Education (SPICE) is an all inclusive academic program to support the education of children with special needs in our community.
St. Laurence Catholic School strives to be as inclusive as possible given the resources available to educate the diversified learner. SPICE offers students with special needs the appropriate resources, accommodations, and modifications. Students’ needs are met in an inclusive environment to the Catholic faith.
The admissions office will evaluate the student application and testing, complete a screening/interview of the parent(s) and student, and ask the student to visit the school for a tour, meet prospective teachers, and complete an academic task. Admissions to SPICE will be based on student need, placement testing results, and space availability.
The principal and the director of SPICE, along with other appropriate school personnel, review current academic, social, medical, and psychological evaluations to determine a needs assessment (if the educational needs of the student can be met).
“Inclusion begins in our heart….when we open our hearts and our community to the gifts each person brings, we are all strengthened.” - Cardinal Joseph Bernardin
SPICE Mission Statement
St. Laurence Catholic School SPICE recognizes that each of our children is a unique individual with different learning needs. SPICE supports the educational needs of these children. We believe every child has different learning styles that provide diversity in the classroom environment.
Working together with the support of SPICE, the parish community, pastor, administration, teachers, and parents can help provide understanding, information, creativity and willingness to address special educational needs.
But Jesus called then to Him, saying “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
As spice adds flavor to food, children with special needs add richness to our lives. The inclusion of all children in our community promotes understanding, compassion, and respect for all. When we work together and learn to appreciate individual strengths and weaknesses everyone wins!
Working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for good purpose.