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School Services

The array of services offered at Madonna can be broken down into two categories – school and adult services.

School services are for students ages 4-19 years, and consist of five ungraded classes or “groups.” Each group has two teachers (licensed teacher and teaching assistant) – with 8 to 14 students depending on age and the needs of the group: 

Group 1 – Approximate ages between 4 – 7 years old;

Group 2 - Approximate ages between 7 - 10 years old;

Group 3 - Approximate ages between 10 - 13 years old;

Group 4 - Approximate ages between 12 - 15 years old;

Junior High - Approximate ages between 12 – 16 years old; and
Senior High - Approximate ages between 16 – 19 years old.

Many students stay for several years in their group – the goal is for these children to progress – either to the next group or a return to a regular classroom setting. Most students are between 18 – 19 years old when they progress to the adult group.

School hours are 8:00am – 3:00pm; our academic calendar is similar to Germantown and Memphis area schools. We offer a variety of recreational and social programming, including seasonal dances, pot-luck dinners and field trips. 

We work within the framework of the common core standards to develop Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives that best meet our student’s unique and diverse learning styles. We evaluate student performance weekly, and constantly re-adjust strategies to meet IEP goals. Working with student families is imperative to our success – we provide feedback twice per year on student IEP goals and objectives. Our curriculum is adapted and designed to help our students acquire the skills necessary to achieve independent living, employment and personal achievements. We implement new technology into our instruction to assist all students to have a voice in demonstrating their knowledge.

Our faculty is composed of professionals who are very dedicated to the success of their students. Our teachers have Masters level educational levels, and are trained in crisis prevention intervention (CPI), CPR and First Aid and Virtus. Madonna has two speech-language pathologists, an occupational therapist, and a behavioral therapist on staff. We are also members of the National Association for Special Education Teachers (NASET) and attend state and regional conferences for ongoing professional development and implementation of best practices. We hold AdvancedEd accreditation (formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) since 2002.

Our lower school incorporates reading, math, science and social studies. Specialized therapeutic services are offered in speech and language, fine motor and self-help skills, dance, music and therapeutic physical education. There are additional After School enrichment classes in yoga, ballet, theatre and the visual arts. We have found that our enriched offerings really make a difference for our student development. 


Madonna Learning Center provides a nurturing faith-based educational and social environment that empowers young and adult students with special needs to reach their full potential while offering support to their families.