HAND IN HAND OPTIONS

“WE AS CHRISTIANS AND CITIZENS ARE CALLED TO A MORE DIVERSE, WELCOMING, AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETY.” —POPE FRANCIS

OUR MISSION

Hand In Hand Options provides an inclusive, high quality Catholic school experience that empowers students with developmental conditions, learning differences, and/or exceptional learning needs to reach their fullest potential. Hand In Hand Options is designed to support students whose challenges often pose barriers to achievement in traditional school settings. 

STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Four schools offer Hand in Hand Options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please visit these schools’ websites for more information about their programs: 

• Pope John Paul II Preparatory School 
• St. Ann School
• St. Henry School
• St. Matthew School 

At these schools, each student’s curriculum is driven by his or her individualized goals, which is developed from testing provided by psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals. Students receive instruction in general education classes, small groups, and one-on-one. 

STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES

All diocesan schools recognize and support students with learning differences. Learning differences include, but are not limited to ADHD, dyslexia, language deficits, and other learning differences that prevent students from reaching their full potential. 

Resources and support vary by school. However, working together, classroom teachers and support teachers find ways to flex and adapt teaching styles to fit students’ needs. Teachers may use differentiated or individual instruction or targeted interventions and accommodations. It is essential that testing is completed and shared to ensure student’s needs can be met. A school representative will work with families to determine the best plan for each student who is identified in need of support. 

To learn more about support programs available and how we can support your student with learning differences, please contact Kathy Boles, Director of Exceptional Learners, kathy.boles@dioceseofnashville.com.

GIVING TO HAND IN HAND OPTIONS

Through the philanthropy of families, friends, and donors, Hand In Hand Options can broaden its academic programs, enhance its enrichment opportunities, and provide a transformational Catholic education for all students. Since our founding in 2004, Hand In Hand Options directly aligns with the mission of the Church by recognizing and affirming the dignity of every person to meaningfully and fully participate in all aspects of the life of the Church and the community.

“I do not think our school was completely whole before Hand In Hand Options was started,” said a parent of a Saint Ann’s student whose child shares a classroom with a student in Hand In Hand Options. Please join us in our efforts to serve more children in our Catholic schools. Your generous gifts of prayer and contribution are greatly appreciated and will go a very long way in making a difference in many lives. 

BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS

In addition to Bishop J. Mark Spalding and our Catholic Schools administration, we are thankful for the community leaders who support Hand In Hand Options by serving on our Board and committees. To learn more about our board and committee leadership, CLICK HERE

For more information about Hand In Hand Options, please contact Kathy Boles, Director of Exceptional Learners, kathy.boles@dioceseofnashville.com.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Hand In Hand Options is committed to ensuring that all students in our Catholic schools achieve their full potential. We understand the important partnership that we share with our families. Below are a few parent resources for supporting your students.

   *  5 Resources for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities
*  Information and Resources for Parents of Children with ADHD
*  Social Emotional Learning Strategies for Parents
Helping Kids Who Struggle with Executive Function 
Being Understood, Resources for Families

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  • TN DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES 24-HOUR REPORT LINE:  877-237-0004                                                                                                                     
  • DIOCESAN SAFE ENVIRONMENT ADMINISTRATOR at            615-645-9763