Mother Teresa Program
The Mother Teresa program strives to educate children in a Catholic environment, who are classified as educable mentally handicapped and/or developmentally delayed, but have no emotional and/or severe physical handicaps.
Philosophy and Objectives
The Mother Teresa Program is designed to focus on students who are in need of intermittent / limited support in an educational setting. Our program focuses on students who are classified as Educable Mentally Handicapped or developmentally delayed, and are in need of behavioral support, adaptive technology, and a multi-sensory approach to learning in order to succeed in a classroom environment. Students in the Mother Teresa program experience below-average intelligence and deficits in adaptive behavior, which occur during their developmental period of childhood, causing a deficiency in their ability to learn. Placement in the Mother Teresa Program will allow our students to receive an appropriate education in which they will be capable of achieving success based on their functional level.
The purpose of the Mother Teresa program at St. Agatha Catholic School is to go beyond what is expected in serving exceptional students in a Catholic environment. We provide our students with a curriculum that addresses their learning needs and renders instruction in a spiritual environment. Functional Math, Language Arts skills, computer skills, social skills, daily independent living skills, and vocational skills are the focus of our program. The goal of the Mother Teresa program is to prepare our students according to their intellectual level to be a fully functioning Catholic member of society.
Plan of Study
The Mother Teresa program is based on the Sunshine State Standard Performance Objectives for Elementary Students receiving a special diploma. The content of our curriculum will include, but will not be limited to the following:
- Religious Formation
- Functional Mathematics
- Functional Language Arts (Receptive/Expressive Language)
- Functional Computer Skills
- Vocational Skills
- Daily Independent Living Skills
- Social Skills
The eligibility criteria for the Mother Teresa program includes but is not limited to the following:
- A psycho-educational evaluation by a licensed psychologist.
- A chronological age of eight or higher.
- An intelligence quotient of 60 or higher.
- Toilet trained.