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Welcome to Julie Billiart Schools, a family of K-8 coeducational, catholic schools for children with learning and social differences.Overview
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What makes Julie Billiart Schools different from other schools?
As a parent, you know that not all schools are alike. Primary, elementary, and even middle school years are incredibly important because they set the stage for not only what children learn - but how they learn.
JB students learn that they are supported by their teachers and peers. With a foundation of mutual trust, they feel comfortable asking questions and learning how to advocate for themselves. Surrounded by strategically designed classrooms, state-of-the-art assistive technology, and onsite therapies and activities, JB kids learn the tools to succeed in the classroom, with their peers, and at home.
Whether you’re seeking early intervention for your kindergartener, or you’re looking for the right environment for your older child who is lacking support from his or her current school, we invite you to visit us to see this approach in action.
Since no two students learn the same way, our intervention specialists adapt their teaching methods to meet the needs of how each student learns best. Our low student/teacher ratios (8:1 maximum), flexible learning environment, and onsite therapists (speech, occupational, music, art, behavior), also contribute to our ability to meet each student’s unique learning needs.
Each grade is led by two certified intervention specialists who are with their students all day - including lunch and recess - to provide continuous learning support.
As intervention specialists, our teachers have specific state licensing that qualifies them, more than general educators, to work in the field of special education. Many of our intervention specialists have master's degrees and all have practical experience differentiating academics and developing executive functioning in a learning environment.
What really sets our teaching staff apart from others is the unconditional compassion and understanding that they bring to the classroom every day. Many describe their roles at Julie Billiart Schools as a "calling" rather than a job. In 2020, Julie Billiart Schools were recognized as a Top Place to Work by the Plain Dealer and a “School of Excellence” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers.
Thoughtfully created classroom environments in all of our schools cater to a variety of learning needs. To maintain a low student to teacher ratio, our educational model is built on a "one class per grade" concept. Each grade level utilizes two classrooms: one for group learning, and the other, considered a resource room, is used for small group lessons.
All classrooms provide interactive display board technology and students in grades K-8 use Chromebooks for instruction and homework purposes. Sensory equipment including alternative seating options, standing desks, and noise-reducing headphones are available to students throughout the learning environments to assist with sensory processing disorders, posture, and proprioceptive input.
Because our art, music, occupational, and speech/language therapies happen all under one roof, students benefit from a collaborative approach of service delivery. Onsite therapies are included as part of JB tuition and cut down on the amount of time our students and families spend traveling to and from therapy appointments outside of school hours.
This team approach also allows for continuity across all therapies. Intervention specialists and therapists are able to confer with one another to ensure that the proper therapies and session frequency are meeting the child's needs.
Oftentimes we hear parents say "I just want my child to have friends and be happy." What seems like a simple concept for most can be quite challenging for many of our students. It's for this very reason that social thinking has become an integral part of our curriculum.
Intervention specialists and therapists work collaboratively to teach students how to interpret the thoughts, intentions, emotions, and actions of others in order to formulate appropriate responses for building meaningful friendships and social interactions.
My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday.
They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB!
I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become.
All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable.
Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it.