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. Benilde students are completely integrated into the academic, spiritual and cocurricular life of the St. John’s community.
Each day, Benilde students attend a direct instructional period focused on developing and strengthening written language, reading comprehension and verbal communication skills within the context of relevant curriculum materials. During this instruction, students are taught strategies to improve self-management, goal-setting, rehearsal and adaptability, while self-monitoring progress and optimizing autonomy. Students work on creating and contributing to their community of learners by actively engaging in and taking responsibility for their learning.
A Benilde student may receive support throughout his or her four years at St. John’s; however, the majority of students remain in the program for two years. The program is designed for life-long learners who plan to attend competitive four-year colleges and universities. Benilde Program alumni have attended schools such as Bucknell University, Catholic University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and Villanova University.