A Language beyond the Classroom

From being able to go into the bathroom at exactly certain hours in the day to having toys exactly in the straight line when found. Standing back this may seem like a bit out of the ordinary, but for someone with autism, this is how they speak. The simple routine that we may find meaningless is for them, their way of understanding how the world works. And choosing an education system that benefits their growth can be difficult one.

Private School versus Public School

private versus public schoolFor the parents that are able to, sending the children to a private school is an option that they can turn to. A private school is much smaller in the student body. This usually means staff and teachers know each other very well and are more capable of delivering individualized attention to students. This is crucial especially for students with Autism, as every child responds different and needs a specific plan of attention, which in a public setting can be hard to accommodate. Should there be any signs of bullying, it would be much easier to control and address as compared to a large public school. So autistic students would be able to freely express themselves and other students would find it easier to be more accepting of them as they are able to spend more time with them.

 The Major Concern with Private Schools

And although being able to create a more welcoming  community can be found in private schools , there are also some significant drawbacks for not only the student but for the parent as well. Tuition is a major concern for many families on being able to afford to private education can be quite difficult. Because many families cannot afford a private education, autistic children may not find as many other autistic classmates that can relate to their situation.

There is also the argument to be made that parents pushing a private education onto their children to avoid public social behaviors feel as though they may be sheltering them too much. How will autistic children respond to outside society if, growing up, they receive  an education that is very sheltered and too accommodating to them.|

At the end of the day, having a student with autism requires cooperation from all sides. It also ultimately depends on the students as they are the ones whom will reap the benefits from the circumstances they are put into. And as long as their needs are established and being taken care of, whether in a private or public school setting, all children have the ability to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

Special Education Resources and Programs for Stronger Basics by Catholics

Catholic SchoolIt is important to provide special care and attention to kids in order to give them ideal future and seamless growth prospects. It must be noted that children should be given special attention all the time from general education to societal education. It is also true that not all kids enjoy the learning or you say educational activities of reading, problem-solving and other syllabus based activities. This is the reason parents often choose special education resources for their kids so that they can enjoy the education and learn in an effortless manner.

Educational Programs are neglected

Kids often neglect education programs because they seem to be off colors and boring. Kids always want educational programs to be funny and engaging so that they can learn in a simpler way rather than complex manner. Without a proper understanding of the basics, kids face difficulties in learning and remembering. Most problems and applying their kids are slow learners and they hate studying subjects, solving math problems and applying their skills. However, the fact is that kids often get bored and they start neglecting educational programs.

One of the most widespread problems is that kids neglect math problems. This makes their foundation weak. This is the reason it is always good to choose special education resources and programs provided by the Catholics so that students can easily learn basic concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, divisions, fractions, decimals, measurement, graphs, calculating areas and much more. There are many academies set by Catholics that can easily identify and target your child’s strengths as well as weak areas that require special attention. The assessment provides valuable information for your child individualize academic program. It simply helps them to develop a suitable child’s tutoring program that is custom-tailored to meet your child’s academic goals and needs.

Catholic’s Special Programs’ Objectives

Catholic ProgramsThe main objective of the special programs by the Catholics is to improve your child’s overall potential for school success by essentially providing positive, nurturing experiences in developing intellectually. These programs set by the Catholics not only develop positive and problem-solving attitude in children, but also allow them to think deeply about a particular math or science problem. In this way, they apply their mind and try hard to solve the problems. They understand the basic requirements and try to seek the answer in a logical manner. This strengthens their basics and builds their beautiful career.

Unquestionably, these special educational resources and programs develop a mentally and emotionally stronger child. They provide better learning and motivating environment so that children can learn in a good way.


History of IHM School Belmont

Soon after Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish was established, Msgr. John Kenny and his parishioners undertook the commitment to open a Catholic school to serve the children of the parish. In October 1952, the school of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opened to educate students in grades 1 – 6. Originally, the school building occupied the space known as St. James Hall, formerly Sierra Hall, where Sunrise Assisted Living stands today. Three years later, in 1955, the seventh and eighth grades were added and moved into what is now the Kindergarten/Extended Care building, a structure that dates back to 1913.

Our present school building was started in late 1961 and opened in October 1962. Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken blessed the building on May 4, 1963. The Sisters of Notre Dame staffed the school from 1952 to 1984. In 1984, for the first time in the history of the school, a lay principal, Miss Margaret Purcell, was hired to lead the school. With a whole lay faculty in place, the school set out on a new journey. The goal was to keep the school true to its philosophy and continue in the tradition of excellence established by the Sisters of Notre Dame.

A school board was established in 1987. To meet the needs of working parents, an Extended Day Care program was established in 1988. To involve more parents, a Parents Club was started in 1991. Improvements to the building included the extension of the school library in 1970; a computer lab designed to fit in the basement in 1993, and remodeled bathrooms for grades 1-8, which created access from inside the main building, in 1998. A new parish center was added and blessed in December of 2003. The parish center contains a gym, a kindergarten and an extended care room. The old Extended Care and Kindergarten rooms were remodeled during the 2004-2005 school year and opened as a Science Room and Multipurpose Room in September 2005.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary School has continued to flourish until the present day in an atmosphere that cherishes Christian values, love for the students, and commitment to excellence.