Individually designed to meet the needs of students with learning differences while challenging them to attain their highest potential.

The curriculum at the Academy of St. Louis promotes an understanding and retention of attainable, challenging goals applicable to individual students while providing them with the tools to accomplish these goals.


Curriculum is designed to meet the academic levels of each individual student while developing an understanding of concepts, computations, problem solving, personal finance and consumer math. The Academy implements an individualized program that meets the needs of each student. Some of the materials we use are Saxon and Holt Math programs, the online programs of IXL and Scootpad, math manipulatives, etc.. These different materials provide a balanced approach with manipulative opportunities and guided instruction that move students from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.


Improves writing skills, reading comprehension, grammar, language performance, vocabulary fluency, quality of voice tone and volume. The Academy implements an individualized program to meet the needs of each student. To specifically improve written language, we use the Kansas University program.


Promote the development of note-taking, understanding and interpretation of graphic materials, problem solving techniques, scientific experiments, critical thinking, and reasoning which aids the development of an understanding of the world around us.


Promotes an understanding of the Catholic Faith, love of God, others and oneself, service towards others and exemplifies the holy lives of the saints. Most importantly, each student is encouraged and aided in accepting themselves as a true gift from God. We believe each of our students were created for a significant purpose designed by God.


Goals are set to improve skills involving writing, art, music, strength, physical endurance and coordination. Physical activity provides a vehicle to relieve anxiety enabling minds to increase the ability to stay focused, increase energy and emotional self-regulation.


Our students and parents partner with Academy professionals and associated organizations to aid in preparing each student in the transitioning process from the Academy into the next stage of their lives. Short and long term goals are set and reviewed on a monthly basis. Programs differ depending upon the student’s ability.


The purpose of the Neuro/Diversity Class is to help each student become attuned to their individual strengths and challenges, creating a deeper understanding of themselves. This empowers our students and their parents in partnering with the Academy to create challenging yet realistic goals for their child.


Our students are prepared with coping skills, etiquette, life skills and social interaction skills. They are given leadership opportunities according to their ability levels. We believe each child deserves the the opportunity to establish self-confidence in a safe, nurturing environment.

Our curriculum also includes computer skills, nutrition, physical education and experiential, service and educational field trips. The field trips are programmed in collaboration with the academic curriculums.

Private speech, occupational and physical therapists are available.

Functional Curriculum

Definition of Functional Skills Curriculum

The Academy of St. Louis focuses on both Functional and Academic education. Functional Curriculum is a process where experiences and activities are selected for each student to gain the skills he/she will need to become as competent as possible in a regular environment as an adult. The process changes as the needs of the student being taught change. This becomes more essential as the student gets closer to graduation, but it is an approach to instruction that should begin in elementary grades. It is a curriculum in which the student learns functional skills in the most appropriate setting for specific skill acquisition and focuses on present and future needs.

Functional Curriculum: Areas of Development

The areas applied to the Functional Curriculum are based upon the student’s level of competency and is designed to increase the below areas of function.

  • Math
  • Science
  • Reading/Comprehension
  • Writing,
  • Consumer Skills
  • Social Studies
  • Social Skills
  • Religion
  • Music
  • Art
  • P.E.

Example of Functional Curriculum in the areas of: Math, Writing and Social Skills

*It should be noted as each student is developing at different functional levels. Functional curriculum is adjusted accordingly.

1. MATH:

Addition Facts – double digits – carrying & borrowing
Calculator II
Time elapsed – how long
Money – making change counting bills
List of Expenses – for needs
Monthly calendar – appointment book
Doubling a recipe – measuring a recipe
Graphs – basic bar graph


Write a letter, e-mail, and phone
Communicating with parents
Emergency list – doctors and family
Birthday list and calendar


Team work
Self advocacy
Recognizing traditions and holidays of other cultures.


Cooking – microwave, approved appliances – toaster, crockpot, coffee pot
Clean – Kitchen and bathroom – safety food and germs
Clothing – appropriate socially – dressing for events, work, etc.
Personal safety – internet, police dept., fire dept., night safety
and road safety