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Archdiocesan Pride Program

Belief That All Students Can Succeed

PRIDE is an innovative, K-8 Archdiocesan program designed to meet the needs of students who learn differently.  Our students are of average to above average intelligence, with mild to moderate learning disabilities.

Our PRIDE program is staffed by highly qualified special education teachers who design specific programs to meet the personal learning needs of each child. Small group sizes and a modified curriculum for Language Arts and Math are hallmarks of our program.

PRIDE is funded by tuition and supplemented by the Archbishop's Annual Appeal. PRIDE remains a source of hope for parents who want their children educated in a Catholic school environment.

From the founding of PRIDE in 1994, our students have flourished in Catholic and area high schools, as well as various colleges. As young adults, they continue to serve as a source of inspiration

Components of PRIDE

PUPILS: We see pupils in our program as children, first, then as students who learn differently. Our mission is "to teach as Jesus did."

RECEIVING: Our PRIDE students receive individualized attention both in small groups and in the development of a Personalized Progress Plan to assist them in achieving success.

INCLUSIVE: Like every Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic School student, PRIDE students benefit from learning in a faith-filled environment. They work in small groups for Reading and Math instruction, yet are fully included in all other subject areas with their peers.

DIVERSIFIED: Our program includes development of study strategies and organizational skills as well as classroom accommodations based upon each child's individual needs.

EDUCATION: In a warm, caring environment, uniqueness is celebrated and children are encouraged to utilize their God-given gifts to reach their full potential.

Program Structure

Students in the PRIDE Program benefit in three ways:

  1. A Personalized Progress Plan (PPP) is developed for each PRIDE student. Special educators use the PPP to plan Language Arts and Math instruction in a small group setting. These groups meet during the regularly scheduled Language Arts and Math instructional times.
  2. Each child in the program is an integral part of the general education classroom. Most of their day is spent with classmates in social studies, science, religion and special area subjects. Students meet with success in mastering these content areas. Accommodations based upon their Personalized Progress Plan support achievement.
  3. Supported by the total school community, PRIDE students, their parents and teachers partner to create an environment where all students meet success through ongoing parent support, professional development for all teachers, and integration of educational technology.

PRIDE Application Requirements

At the time of application, please provide the following:

  • Current educational and cognitive testing which includes a clinical diagnosis. This information must be dated within the last 2 years.
  • Copy of grades for the past 2 years.
  • Most recent IEP (if applicable)
  • Standardized Test scores
  • Letter of recommendation from current teacher and/or principal

School Registration Requirements

Once accepted into the program, please provide the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Updated immunization record
  • Complete academic record from the current school
  • Non-refundable registration fee

If you have a child whom you believe would benefit from our program, please call for additional information and to schedule a shadow visit. Coordinator of PRIDE and Student Services: Mrs. Gina Judge, or 410-747-3188.

St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School
1216 Chesaco Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21237
FAX: 410-686-6198
St. Mark School
26 Melvin Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
FAX: 410-747-3188
St. John Regional Catholic  School
8414 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
FAX: 301-695-7024