Our Curriculum is Unique
Morning Star School is dedicated to helping children with learning differences become successful students and return to a regular classroom. No other school in Northeast Florida offers the services we provide. Our program teaches the same curriculum as other Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine but we offer individualized programs and adapted curriculum to fit each child’s specific learning challenge. This includes explicit individualized instruction in core classes such as reading and math, along with life and social skills training, taught by highly qualified ESE teachers, using specialized materials and instructional techniques. Our unique 12 to 1 student-teacher ratio model, taught by skilled special education teachers, uses specialized materials and instructional techniques. Our students enjoy a bright, happy and loving learning environment where they experience the joy of developing the talents God has given them.
Our curriculum reflects the message of the Gospel, with the understanding that each student must experience a sense of accomplishment, develop an appreciation of dignity and worth, and incorporate a set of Christian values into daily life, through prayer and worship. Surrounded by a family of faith, in an atmosphere of loving support which fosters a positive self-image, the children are provided with successful experiences, thus, enabling them to grow and mature as children of God.
The curriculum of the Diocese of St. Augustine is followed and is designed to implement the following objectives:
- The development of maximum efficiency in academic areas (reading, language arts, spelling, mathematics, study skills, science, and social studies). To that end, specialized programs such as Lindamood-Bell for Visualizing and Verbalizing, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) to develop phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, and speech, Touchmath, Perceptions Math, Journeys Reading Program, Wilson Reading System, STAR 360 and assistive technology are used.
- The development of technological skills and the integration of these skills into all areas of the curriculum through the use of computers, laptops, IPads, Smartboards and other technology.
- The promotion of socially acceptable behavior and personal relationships.
- The development of motor skills which are closely connected with academic skills, and the promotion of good health and sportsmanship
- The promotion of spiritual and moral growth through participation in religious instruction, Liturgical services, and service projects.
- The development of emotional and social maturity
Accommodations to methods, materials and assessments as well as modifications to the curriculum will be made on an individual basis. Modifications may affect the grade level at which students work. The guidelines of the Florida Catholic Conference and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools are followed.
“According to the Center for Disease Control the number of young people diagnosed with autism raises by 15% since 2016 to an estimated 1 in 59 children”