Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy School

801 Buchanan Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 529-7600
www.catholicharities.org/?s=kennedy+school

The Kennedy School is a non-public day school for children ages 6 – 22 with disabilities. We specialize in serving students with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injuries. We utilize a small classroom, team-based approach, where we have no more than seven students per class and no less than three staff members per class. We support our students holistically, through behavioral and social emotional counseling, serious academic intervention focusing on Mathematics, internships that focus on employment skills, and physical education. Our students receive a different type of education here at Kennedy, which prepares them for a lifetime of learning.

We serve students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, significant learning disabilities, emotional disorders, autism and other related disabilities using the Success for All reading program to help students develop strong literacy skills, Key Math to enhance math skills, and the Phillip Roy program to enhance students’ independent living skills. All IEP goals are linked to personal outcomes identified for each child by the child, his/her family, or their interdisciplinary team. Our teachers and para-educators also receive support from clinical and related services staff. Services include counseling, behavioral support, speech/language services, nursing services, psychological services, and physical and occupational therapies. As much as possible, these related services support is integrated into each child’s educational program.

Students 16 and older engage in transition planning and career preparation, learning workplace skills, visiting a variety of places of employment, working in internship or competitive employment, and travel training. Graduating students are referred by transition staff to adult service providers, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration (MRDDA), and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), to ensure continued support and programming. Finally, our staff communicates with each student’s family or residential staff to periodically clarify expectations, celebrate accomplishments, and look to the future.