About St. Jude’s
We help bright students who struggle with learning – Often overlooked by mainstream school systems, bright students who experience learning difficulties can finally find the support and instruction they need at St. Jude’s.
We provide excellence – For over four decades, St. Jude’s has been the most recognized and successful special education alternative in Waterloo Region. We strive for excellence from our administrative, teaching and executive staff.
We are a temporary special education institution – St. Jude’s provides customized academic instruction with the ultimate goal of returning students to the mainstream school system equipped with the tools they need to succeed.
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Our Mission & Beliefs
At St. Jude’s, our mission is to help our students experience the JOY of LEARNING! We believe students require consistency, understanding, fairness, and a sense of personal responsibility, as well as excellent teaching.
St. Jude’s is unlike any other school in Waterloo Region! At a glance, this is what sets us apart:
- Waterloo Region’s only private, special education day school
- Non-denominational and co-educational
- Teacher-directed special education customized and structured for each student
- Helping students for more than 40 years
- Classes are staffed with a teacher and an educational assistant
- Classes size is based on the needs of the students and are generally in the ratio of 3/4/5 students to one instructor
- Although, St. Jude’s recognizes that many children experiencing learning difficulties (i.e. LD, ADD, ASD) experience low self esteem, anxieties and frustrations, St. Jude’s does not accept that physically aggressive, intimidating and or threatening behaviour is intrinsic to these learning difficulties. In most instances these are learned behaviours and will not be tolerated and will result in withdrawal of registration and/or expulsion.
- St. Jude’s will not accept a child with or needing a “Safety Plan” as defined by the publicly funded educational systems