With the knowledge of God’s Love and the desire that God’s love be revealed through our ministry, St. John’s Lutheran School’s Pathways to Learning Program serves to enable children with special learning needs to receive a Christian education, in a caring, compassionate environment.
Common Goals for Children
- To assist children in learning about Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
- To offer small group assistance, as appropriate, to benefit from the educational process
- To educate children in the most appropriate environment possible with the least amount of restrictions
- To support parents as partners in a Christ-centered educational process.
- To provide families information and resources in order to understand and recognize the special learning needs of their children.
School and Community/Public Organizations
- To assist teachers in understanding and providing instruction for children with special learning needs
- To serve as advocates for children and families in the classroom and with community and public agencies
A special learning needs child is one who:
- Has been diagnosed with a specific learning disability
- Has difficulty processing information (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, language, attention)
- Is affected by a learning difficulty or attention disorder
- Does not meet the eligibility as a student with a learning disability due to cognitive restraints, but needs additional academic support which cannot be met on a daily basis in the classroom
A decision for admittance of special needs students to St. John’s Lutheran School rests with the principal and resource specialist.
The Pathways to Learning (PTL) Program is designed to meet the needs of children with mild to moderate learning differences and needs. The PTL program is not equipped to provide services for students when curriculum must be modified to the extent that it cannot be aligned with grade-level standards, or when the syndrome or disorder is severe and requires programs and accommodations that cannot be implemented by the classroom teacher. Students whose needs cannot be met in a full or partial-inclusion program include; mental retardation, blindness, deafness, Down Syndrome, unmanaged ODD or AD/HD, academically low performing children with autism, and the emotionally disturbed.