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Mother Pia Program

“To enable children to learn — emotionally, academically, socially – when they need something different.”

The Mother Pia Program is the Student Learning Support Program at St. Elizabeth School and was founded by the Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose, Mother Maria Pia Baches. It has been a part of St. Elizabeth for more than 20 years. This program is funded entirely by outside donors. The Mother Pia Program offers the following services to the St. Elizabeth Community:

Academic Screenings

Our Learning Specialists provide screening and assessment services for students of all grade levels, including, when appropriate, bilingual testing. Goals include: identifying student learning strengths and challenges, determining where breakdowns may be occurring, and administering baseline screenings of all TK, Kindergarten and new students.

Student Success Team Meetings (SST)

SSTs are held when concerns arise about a student’s academic and/or social-emotional success. SSTs are lead and monitored by the Program Directors and include all relevant teachers, staff and counselors. SSTs help students, parents and teachers address challenges and develop strategies for academic success.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

A request for an IEP is initiated through the Program Director once parent/teacher conferences and SSTs have proven a greater need for assessment. The Program Director works with families to navigate the IEP process and acts as a liaison between the family and public unified school districts. The Program Director and relevant teachers attend the IEP meetings conducted by public unified school districts.

Family and Student Case Management

Case management addresses students’ emotional and academic success through advocacy, communication, education, identification of services and service facilitation.The Program Directors work closely with teachers, families and students to monitor student and family success.

Daily Reading (Grades 1-4) Intervention Classes

Each reading intervention class meets daily for the duration of their homeroom’s regular class time. Class sizes are small, ensuring students receive the individual attention they need and deserve. The Mother Pia team – together with classroom teachers – identifies students for daily reading classes through: standardized test scores, screenings, and teacher and family referrals.

Targeted Academic Support for Grades TK-8

Our Learning Specialists provide small group and individual academic support, both in the classroom and in the Learning Specialists’ offices. Additionally, our Learning Specialists maintain ongoing collaboration with classroom teachers, aides, and other professionals, as well as with parents as needed.

Math Support for Grades 1-8

When funds are available, our Math Consultant will provide math support to students needing extra instruction in this area.

Individual and Group Counseling Services

Counseling services provide emotional support for any students identified as benefiting from therapeutic services. Many issues my be addressed in counseling, most often including themes of transitions, grief, relational issues, PTSD and family concerns. Identified students will be seen as frequently as caseload and funding allow and will be referred to outside services if necessary.

Speech and Language Screenings and Services

When funds are available, our Speech and Language Consultant will screen all TK and Kindergarten students to determine need for outside support. The Speech and Language Consultant may offer small group services for Grades TK- 4.