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Laudare Program

The Laudare Program was created to meet the academic and organizational needs of students with a Specific Learning Disability. Laudare is the Latin verb “to praise.” Students in the Laudare Program receive assistance and accommodations in daily support classes in the areas of test preparation, homework support, and assignment completion. Students are taught study skills and organizational techniques; academic progress is frequently monitored to ensure growth. 

Laudare teachers work closely with students, teachers, and parents to facilitate academic preparedness, organization, and communication.  One of the keys to the success of the Laudare program is a 5-to-1 student to teacher ratio within the Laudare class. The program is designed to promote an inclusive, supported environment in which all students learn about faith, bioethics, and the importance of personal responsibility and self-advocacy.

Admission to the Laudare Program

When applying to John Paul the Great, applicants and families will be asked if they are interested in exploring the Laudare Program for their child. The application review committee may also suggest exploring the option upon review of IEPs, ICEPs, and/or SAPs. 

Within the online application portal, Laudare applicants will see the following requirements on their checklist: 

  1. Application for admission
  2. Principal Recommendation Form, or other school administrators (to include: attendance records, disciplinary records, as applicable)
  3. High School Placement Test (HSPT)
  4. Current IEP, ICEP, or SAP
  5. Current Eligibility / Testing information (formal or informal testing), including related service provider reports (Speech, OT, PT, etc…). NOTE: Per standard guidelines, testing is valid for only 3 years; testing must be current
  6. Medical information related to the student’s disability

There is an annual tuition supplement to participate in this program.