Named for visionary Lasallian educator St. Benilde Pierre Romancon, our Benilde Program offers a college preparatory program for highly motivated students who require additional academic support. Benilde students attend regular classes and are completely integrated into the St. John's academic community.
Within the Benilde Program, each student receives one daily period of resource instruction in order to develop skills such as time management, note-taking and use of study guides, which help ensure success in a college preparatory curriculum. During the Benilde period, students work on both group and individual projects designed to integrate the content taught in their other courses.
Benilde students are part of and participate in every aspect of the St. John’s experience. A Benilde student may receive support throughout his or her four years at St. John’s, although students tend to remain in the program for two years.
Benilde graduates have gone on to study at competitive four-year universities and colleges including Bucknell, Hofstra, Penn State, Catholic University, University of Maryland and Villanova.
The Benilde Program has received national recognition. In 2000, the National Catholic Educational Association named St. John’s Benilde Program as one of 15 national selected programs for Improving Catholic Education. Since its inception in 1998, the Benilde Program has received area-wide acclaim for its curriculum design for Catholic school students with learning differences.