PRIDE PROGRAM | St. Mark School has been named a PRIDE school by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
PRIDE is an innovative archdiocesan program designed to meet the needs of students of average and above average intelligence, with a documented learning disability, in grades K-8.
The program is staffed by highly qualified special education teachers, with the assistance of part time aides, who design specific programs to meet the personal learning needs of each child. Small group sizes and a modified curriculum for Language Arts and Math are hallmarks of the program.
PRIDE remains a source of hope for parents who want their children educated in a Catholic school environment.
Children enrolled in PRIDE pay an additional $2,000 per year. If a student is enrolled in only one academic subject (i.e. Math or Language Arts) they would pay $1,000 per year.
Students in the PRIDE Program benefit in three ways:
A Catholic Accommodation Plan, known as a CAP, is developed for each student accepted into the program. PRIDE teachers use the CAP to plan language arts and math instruction in a small group setting. This instruction occurs during the regularly scheduled language arts and math time periods.
Each child in the program is an integral part of a regular homeroom and is fully included with their peers for subjects such as social studies, science, religion, and special area subjects. Students receive accommodations which are identified through the formal documentation which identifies their learning disability. All accommodations written in the CAP are also integrated into the general education classrooms.
The PRIDE program is welcomed by the total school community and fosters an environment where all students succeed. Parents receive ongoing support and teachers are engaged in continuous professional development.