About Us

Northeast Ohio's Premier Special Needs School Since 1954

Proudly Serving Children with Special Needs

Beginning in 1954, the Sisters of Notre Dame set the standard in Northeast Ohio for providing the highest level of education and care for children, grades K-8, with special learning and social needs. This tradition continues today as Julie Billiart Schools. With one campus in Lyndhurst and another in Akron, we are empowering students to believe that anything is possible.

Who We Serve

Our students are bright, creative, and curious children coming from 42 school districts located throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Summit, and Wayne Counties. 

Student Profile

  • Religion: 40% Catholic: 60% other, including those that attend Jewish, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and non-denominational places of workship.  
  • Ethnicity: Our diverse student body is comprised of many ethnic cultures including African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, Multiracial and Native American.
  • Financial Assistance:100% of our students receive full or partial financial support through the Autism or Jon Peterson Scholarship Programs or financial aid through Julie Billiart Schools. Our aim is to serve students that would most benefit from our academic and social programs, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Types of Diagnoses Served:  Our educational model is designed to best meet the academic and social needs of children with learning challenges and those that have been diagnosed with high functioning autismdyslexiadyscalculiadysgraphia, ADD/ ADHD, expressive language delays, receptive language delays, written expression difficulties, anxiety disorders, and executive function deficits.


Student enrollment for Julie Billiart Schools (Akron and Lyndhurst campuses) for the 2018-2019 school year in grades K through 8 is 174. All employees and volunteers who have contact with students undergo thorough screening, including background checks through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification (BCI&I). For complete information on screening policies, see the revised Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse, section 1.2 (p. 3)

Our Mission
To nurture and empower students with special learning needs. As Catholic K-8 schools rooted in the educational principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame, we welcome diverse faith traditions. 
Our Vision
Julie Billiart Schools strive to build self-confidence, inspire Christian values and empower students with skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for life-long learning.
Our Focus
Julie Billiart Schools serves students with unique learning and social needs including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, high functioning autism, and other differences.
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