Our Benilde Program, named for visionary and innovative Lasallian educator, St. Benilde Pierre Romancon, offers a college preparatory program for highly motivated students with average to above-average intelligence and diagnosed mild learning differences. Students in Benilde are completely integrated into the academic, spiritual and cocurricular life of the St. John’s community.
Each day, students attend a direct instructional Benilde period focused on developing and strengthening written language, reading comprehension and verbal communication skills within the context of the curriculum. During this instruction, students are taught strategies to improve higher-level reasoning skills and self-management. Students are motivated and engaged in the learning process.
A student in Benilde may receive support throughout his four years at St. John’s; however, the majority of students remain in the program for two years. The program is designed for students with potential to succeed as life-long learners who plan to attend competitive four-year colleges and universities. Alumni from the program have attended schools such as Bucknell University, Catholic University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and Villanova University.