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G.R.A.C.E. Program

Grow, Rise, Achieve through Catholic Education

The G.R.A.C.E. program meets the needs of diverse learners with mild/moderate disabilities in a co-ed Catholic high school setting. This inclusive program begins at age 13 or 14 (8th grade) and continues through the age of 19-20.  It is a six-year program with students receiving a “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the term.

Through inclusion, students develop friendship and social skills, problem-solving skills, and a positive self-image.

Truly I say to you,
as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.

Matthew 25:40

Program Components

The program is designed to address a great need for parents seeking a Catholic education for their children with mild/moderate disabilities.  The program includes instruction in the areas of spiritual, academic, and social components, which will all be taught by special education teachers.


Students will attend some religion classes, monthly all-school liturgies, class retreats, and participate in service learning throughout the year.


Students will receive instruction in language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education and participate in activities designed to strengthen communication skills.  


Students will participate in activities designed to strengthen social skills,  career-readiness skills, and vocational skills.  Students’ personal development will also be an important component of our program.

Extra-Curricular Activities

GRACE students participate fully in the high school experience through extra-curricular clubs and events including but not limited to.

Elective Classes - Dances - Pep Rallies - Athletics - Intramurals - Band - Chorus - Art Club - Campus Ministry Nights - Olympic Night - Hawkapalooza - Field Day - The "Kettle" - Blackfriars (Theatre)

GRACE Buddies Program

GRACE students are each assigned a Hawk Buddy to assist them during their time at Archbishop Hannan. 

The Hawk Buddies are an important resource to our GRACE students throughout the day and at after-school activities.

G.R.A.C.E. Program Admissions

G.R.A.C.E. is a co-educational program in which balance will be an important consideration for admission.  Program admission will be based on the student’s age, academic ability, level of independence, communication skills, and behavior.

GRACE Admissions Process


Families will be notified of acceptance for the first round of applications by the end of March. 

If the number of applicants exceed the class limits, admission will be determined by the student’s age, academic ability, level of independence, communication skills, and behavior in addition to other contributing factors such as siblings, alumni, Catholic families, etc.