FAQs

The following is a list of The Saint Anthony School FAQ’s. If you have any questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact The St. Anthony School or call 214.443.1205. If you are looking to know more about The Saint Anthony School you may also be interested in The Saint Anthony School story,  school life, or the enrollment process.

Why are you called St. Anthony’s? Are you a church school?

The Saint Anthony School is not affiliated with any religion or dogma. Many years ago the St. Anthony School directors worked in a school for students with a variety of learning differences. When students reached middle school and high school age, they were keenly aware of being somehow “different.” They may have had challenges with math, reading, or writing. They may have had problems with attention or anxiety. Whatever the issue, they did not want to be classified as different, no teenager does.

The directors chose a name for the school that was similar to many other Texas private schools so that Saint Anthony students felt they belonged to the general private school community.

St. Anthony was a gentle soul that is always portrayed holding a child. In the same loving way, the St. Anthony School holds our children in esteem and reverence. They are a gift that parents share with us and they are our sacred trust.

What is a therapeutic school?

At St. Anthony’s we know that children require a clear understanding of what is expected of them. St. Anthony School students must take responsibility for their actions or lack of actions. Saint Anthony School students have to show respect and consideration for others and achieve their greatest academic potential.

To accomplish these things, Saint Anthony School students require more than an ordinary school can give them. Many of our students, despite their diagnoses, share common symptoms and needs. They struggle with delayed gratification, organizational skills, time management, impulsivity, and transition times.

A team of professionals looks after your child, meeting as treatment teams each week and discussing student’s needs and progress.

Psychological/and or academic assessments are reviewed and individual plans are formulated. Reality oriented therapy and techniques, along with the Saint Anthony School Behavioral Monitoring System addresses the basic issues behind maladaptive beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes. Treatment may address a wide variety of issues, such as impulse control, stress reduction, or assertiveness training. With parental permission, our therapists may be in regular communication with student’s private therapists or doctors.

What about the Saint Anthony School staff? What degrees do they hold?

Our staff is comprised of the finest professionals in the field. Many have Master’s Degrees and we have Licensed Professional Counselors sharing time in the classroom. Many of our teachers are Special Education Specialists. Our teachers and therapists have many years of clinical experience from hospitals and treatment centers, as well as private and public school systems.

Do you offer before and after care?

Yes we do! See the before and after care page for complete details. Parents sign up for after care when enrolling for school in the Fall or for summer camp.

Is the St. Anthony School accredited?

Yes. The Saint Anthony School is accredited by The Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools recognized by the State of Texas. We also have approval of the Texas Education Agency. Accreditation is extremely important for students in the ninth through the twelfth grades. Most public schools will not accept transferred credits from private schools unless the schools are accredited.

How does the Saint Anthony School maintain discipline?

The Saint Anthony School uses a variety of techniques. First and foremost is “The Nurtured Heart Approach” taken from Howard Glasser’s groundbreaking book, Transforming the Difficult Child. Basically, the St. Anthony School builds “inner wealth” in each and every child through positive interactions. Saint Anthony’s continually recognize and reward the hundreds of positive “good” things these children accomplish throughout the day.

The Saint Anthony School also has a level system with built in rewards and consequences. Our children do not always come to us with an intrinsic vision of what success looks like. Many have given up in school settings and see all schools as just another way to fail. The Saint Anthony School builds that self-esteem back, brick by brick, until they are functioning, happy children.

Will my child go to St. Anthony’s until he graduates?

Two different types of students come through our doors.

The first child may have found the perfect learning environment for his or her particular disability. It may be that he can concentrate for the first time and actually pay attention. It may be that no other school duplicates this ideal learning environment. It may be that he finds true friends for the first time. This child may be socially or emotionally behind a few years. In his senior year, we may have him take dual credit courses at local community colleges if appropriate. This is the child that St. Anthony’s nurtures and is proud to graduate.

The second child may step through our doors needing only remediation in certain subjects and help in coping with circumstances that have made life rather hard for him. The same rebuilding process and programming for success takes place. This child, however, may only need one to three years with us and then we can mainstream him to a larger private school or back to public school. The Saint Anthony School aligns our goals with parents own goals.

My child needs social skills. Do you address those needs?

Employers who fire workers list the number one cause as, “the inability to get along with others”. EQ (Emotional Quotient) is as important as IQ and social skills are a high priority at St. Anthony’s. We begin each day with a classroom meeting in which student issues are brought up and addressed. This time is used to teach and practice the social skills needed to function in society.

Teachers and therapists model and guide social behavior throughout the day. At the end of the day, a thirty minute period is designated to discuss and talk about character building. This time is in addition to individual sessions with therapists on an as-needed basis.

Does the Saint Anthony School require testing?

If a student’s testing is not current, Saint Anthony’s may ask that new students receive testing through our Evaluation Center. Without proper testing, your child’s education plan is guess work and trial and error. The testing gives us a road map to determine learning styles as well as individual strengths and weaknesses. A thorough educational work-up and profile puts us light years ahead and ensures academic progress.

What curriculum does Saint Anthony’s use?

The St. Anthony School Curriculum is based on the goals and objectives outlined by the Texas Education Agency. Depending on learning style and academic need, an individual education plan is implemented. If remediation is required, St. Anthony’s offers numerous programs in reading, math, and written language. For students performing above grade level, enrichment and advanced placement courses are offered.

Does Saint Anthony’s have a dress code?

Yes. Students are required to wear a navy blue or hunter green polo-style shirt with khaki colored pants or shorts. Additionally, Girls may wear a khaki colored skirt or jumper. Athletic shoes are considered appropriate.

“I have to fight with my child every night to complete his homework. Even when he finishes it, he will lose it before he gets to class.” How does Saint Anthony’s as a school address these issues?

Saint Anthony’s knows that a child with a learning difference like ADHD expends incredible amounts of energy trying to concentrate, trying to block out external stimuli, trying to understand what it is the world wants from him or her. Many of our students may also be dealing with auditory processing problems or anxiety and/or depression. These differences are debilitating and energy draining, leaving little “gas” to keep the engine running after school. You, as parents, are expected to “jump start” that engine and start this cycle again in the evenings.

Thirty minutes of assigned homework turns into three hours and the only prize is exhaustion. This establishes a cycle of failure for your child. You fight with him, he fights with you, you end up doing the homework and then-he loses it on his way to school. You are angry and mystified, the teacher is confused, and your child feels like a loser. The loss far outweighs the benefit.

Saint Anthony School students need down time in the evenings. They need to participate in social interactions like church, synagogue, scouts, or karate classes. They need to be active and involved, practicing the social skills we try so hard to teach them.

How does Saint Anthony’s, as a school, view medication for students?

Only about a third of our students take medication. We find that many times the stimulant medications for ADHD are no longer needed because of our environment, or if still needed, the dosage can be lowered. Saint Anthony’s require our therapists to keep in contact with your child’s physician so that proper monitoring and correct dosages are insured.

Does the Saint Anthony School have any summer study programs?

Yes we do! See our summer study camp page for more details and registration forms.

What are the traits of Autism?

Individuals with Autism usually exhibit at least half of the traits listed below. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary in intensity from symptom to symptom. In addition, the behavior usually occurs across many different situations and is consistently inappropriate for their age. Visit CARD(Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) website for more information.

  • Difficulty in mixing with other children
  • Inappropriate laughing and giggling
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Apparent insensitivity to pain
  • Prefers to be alone; aloof manner
  • Spins objects
  • Inappropriate attachment to objects
  • Noticeable physical overactivity or extreme underactivity
  • Unresponsive to normal teaching methods
  • Insistence on sameness; resists changes in routine
  • No real fear of dangers
  • Sustained odd play
  • Echolalia (repeating words or phrases in place of normal language)
  • May not want cuddling or act cuddly
  • Not responsive to verbal cues; acts as deaf
  • Difficulty in expressing needs; uses gestures or pointing instead of words
  • Tantrums – displays extreme distress for no apparent reason
  • Uneven gross/fine motor skills (May not want to kick ball but can stack blocks)Adapted from the original by Professor Rendle-Short, Brisbane Children’s Hospital, University of Queensland, Australia. 

We also encourage staffings for our students with doctors, teachers, and therapists to share information and expertise.

If you have any questions not answered here, feel free to contact the Saint Anthony School or call 214.443.1205.

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