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Coming This Fall: First Catholic High School for Special Needs Students in the U.S.

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/26/16

This is remarkable: 

After years of searching for the right location, developers of the first Catholic high school in the U.S. created exclusively for students with special needs, Veritas Christi Catholic High School, have finally found a suitable building and campus in Michigan, and hope to begin classes in their new facility this fall. “Our goal is to create a loving, peaceful, Christ-centered environment for these special children of God; a place where they can engage fully in the process of learning without having to worry all the time about being teased and taunted and harassed for their disabilities,” said Richard Nye, a co-founder of Veritas Christi and president of the board, in a press statement this week. Veritas Christi has been offering classes online since 2011, but Nye told The Cardinal Newman Society that his search for a brick-and-mortar location finally ended four months ago. Nye secured an agreement to lease one of the buildings of a former Catholic boarding school for boys that closed about 16 months ago. The entire facility has 10 buildings, plus athletic fields and a swimming pool, and sits on around 60 acres of land in the greater Ann Arbor, Mich., area. …While there are some Catholic high schools that specialize in specific special needs, Veritas Christi plans to admit students with all 13 different categories of special needs disabilities. These students will have “a Catholic teacher in the classroom that’s certified in special education, with an aide, and a class size between eight and 10 students,” said Nye Nye said he gets calls from Catholic families all over the United States seeking information about the school who are willing to move to Michigan to enroll their special-needs child. “Catholic parents trying to educate their special-needs children need the Church now more than ever. Unfortunately, there are very few options available to them because the Church has been painfully slow to respond to this obvious need,” said Lori and Eric Williams of Metamora, Mich., the parents of two children with special needs, in Veritas Christi’s press statement. “Fortunately, Veritas Christi exists to continue the work of Christ on behalf of these special children of God.”

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