For the last 25 years, St. Elizabeth has been the only elementary school in the Diocese of Oakland to offer a special needs program. Inspired by Mother Pia Backes, founder of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, the St. Elizabeth Mother Pia Special Needs Program serves over 200 students. This year, we added modified classes for 5th-8th graders.
“For years, these very important classes were only offered to the youngest students because of budget constraints. This was a great disservice for our older students,” said Sister Julie Distel, Development Director. “Now, the specialized attention can extend beyond 4th grade. This is a major plus for our program.” Teacher Katie Ascencio is pictured with a 6th grader in the program.