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St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments is the only Catholic School in the United States serving the needs of students with blindness and visual impairments. St. Lucy’s helps visually impaired students in Pre-K through 8th grade discover and understand their world, focusing on literacy and personal achievements. Students are also encouraged to attend inclusion classes at other Archdiocesan elementary schools. Last year, St. Lucy School launched a new program for students with Cortical Visual Impairments.

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“St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments is a special place. My daughter, Althea, is in second grade at St. Lucy’s, and we consider this school to be family. When Althea first came to St. Lucy School, it changed our lives. They are very welcoming, treat our children just like any other children, and provide the support they need to succeed. St. Lucy’s utilizes the same curriculum developed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Catholic Education in their elementary schools. Students gain access to the elementary curriculum through the use of unique accommodations that meet their visual needs. These accommodations include magnification, braille materials, and assistive technology. The tools and resources here at the school, the warm and welcoming environment, and the knowledge that my daughter is receiving a quality Catholic education, makes St. Lucy School the perfect fit for our family."

“When you support the Catholic Charities Appeal, you are helping St. Lucy School and the other two Schools of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is so important to have schools like St. Lucy in our Archdiocese.” 

– Katie, Parent, St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments 

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“St. Lucy School provides a family atmosphere to children with visual impairments. There is something special about the teachers, staff, and children that gather here. Everyone is so supportive of one another. In most educational placements, students with visual impairments may be the only child in a classroom or school who uses a cane or reads braille. At St. Lucy School, children learn side by side with other students who are experiencing challenges with their vision. Because of this unique program, students help one another to learn and grow. Many of the families who attend St. Lucy’s do not have the financial means to send their child here, yet they need the benefits of the program that St. Lucy School provides. St. Lucy School offers an academic education with all the support for students to access educational materials through the use of magnification, braille, assistive technology and tactile models in order to meet their learning needs.”  

“Without the support of the Catholic Charities Appeal, our families could not even dream of sending their children to St. Lucy School Many families of students who are blind/visually impaired want what St. Lucy School can offer, which is an academic education, along with the visual accommodations necessary to their child’s particular visual impairment.” 

– Sr. Lisa, Principal, St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments  

St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments is the only Catholic School in the United States serving the needs of students with blindness and visual impairments. St. Lucy’s helps visually impaired students in Pre-K through 8th grade discover and understand their world, focusing on literacy and personal achievements. Students are also encouraged to attend inclusion classes at other Archdiocesan elementary schools. Last year, St. Lucy School launched a new program for students with Cortical Visual Impairments.

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