The foundation of de Paul's academic difference is developing the whole child. Our teachers are specifically trained to facilitate learning for students that are bright but simply need to be taught with a different approach. Our curriculum is challenging, but we value each student as an individual who is capable of learning. We treat each student with dignity while delivering key content in a way they are able to learn confidently and apply what they have mastered. We combine expert teachers and our MAPS for Success with the right curriculum so that intelligent students who learn differently will encounter lifelong learning and success.

Language Arts

Before coming to de Paul, our students didn't always have a friendly relationship with language. For many of our students, reading, writing, spelling, listening, and comprehension were sources of frustration. Now at de Paul, those same children read enthusiastically to gain information and for their enjoyment. They write expressively and creatively. They understand that language is a vehicle by which they can share their brilliant ideas with the world, as they gain invaluable information written and crafted by others.


The de Paul School's Language Arts program utilizes the best educational practices as defined by research to not only teach students the basics of language, but it emphasizes the true goal of this instruction: reading fluently with comprehension and expression of one's ideas with clear and well-crafted written language. This focus is not just a component of the Language Arts periods; these same techniques and skills are used in all our content areas as language skills are essential for success in every subject.


The de Paul School Mathematics series works with students from a strength-based position to break each concept down to smaller conceptual pieces that we teach through hands-on, interactive exercises which the students then practice for mastery. Our Mathematics curriculum covers various aspects of the subject, including:

  • Arithmetic: Our curriculum stresses and understanding of the fundamental concepts behind the arithmetic procedures, as well as the procedures themselves. We teach to fill the gaps in knowledge that frequently exist for students with learning differences, as well as moving our students to higher levels of accomplishment.
  • Time & Money: It is common for students with learning differences in Mathematics to be deficient in telling time and counting money. These two vital life-skills must be practiced regularly in school, at home, and in daily living situations.
  • Problem Solving: The de Paul School strives to teach students how to solve problems based on their understanding of the concepts involved, rather than through an over-reliance on memorized steps. For students with math difficulties, these problem-solving skills must be taught through specific techniques.
  • Data: Students learn how to create and manage graphs, charts and tables.
  • Students also learn Measurement, Estimation, Geometry and Spacial Sense, Logical Thinking Skills, and much more! 


We know that our students want to learn. We know they are curious, and we know they want to succeed. This knowledge frames our approach to the study of Science. At The de Paul School, we view Science as an opportunity to teach students about critical thinking, not only scientific facts. We challenge students to ask questions and think of ways to discover possible answers.

Our students' experiments, theories and discoveries are shared during science conferences, and are held in high esteem alongside those of the established scientists that they study. We believe this inquiry-based approach helps students see the field of Science as a way to use their natural curiosity as path to new discoveries. In the Elementary program, students explore the broader topics, including Life, Earth and Physical Sciences throughout the year. In the Middle School program, each grade level specializes in a different field of Science for more advanced studies.

Social Studies

More than any generation before, today's children will live in a world influenced by the daily interaction of different world cultures. We cannot solely teach for success within these walls, they must have the foundational blocks on which to build success in the world. Social Studies prepares our students to relate to people of various societies, cultures and values. By studying people of the world, both past and present, as well as their own country and state, de Paul students begin their journey as world citizens.

Personal & Social Success

We know that well-rounded students become well-rounded citizens. We value our core curriculum, but we place equal importance on the education of becoming successful human beings. So what really determines success?

“Reading, writing and math abilities make success easier to attain, but the qualities of an individual’s spirit make success possible in the first place.”

Phil Howell, Director of Instruction

Research shows these Attitudes and Skills are key factors in determining individual success. Our program teaches our students to embody these - to have the ambition to set and strive toward their goals and the grit to persevere when things are difficult.

Other aspects of success that we teach are values, social skills, and social responsibility. Our students learn analytical thinking, conflict resolution, withstanding peer pressure, and dive into the understanding of multiple intelligences - how they can recognize their own strengths and encourage others.


  • Drive
  • Resilience
  • Confidence
  • Conscientiousness


  • Problem Solving & Self Advocacy
  • Organization
  • Self-Control
  • Interpersonal Skills

*The de Paul School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity or orientation, national origin, or disability in the administration of its policies, procedures, and programs.

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