FAQs

We are proud to say that we have helped children and young adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities succeed since 1954 – six decades and counting!

We are many things for many people, but we are not a day care. Mercy is very much like a typical school, with typical classrooms and a typical school day and school year calendar. How our students learn and communicate might be different, but we are a school. Even our Pre-K program is a comprehensive Pre-K program.

Mercy holds designation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Mercy is a Catholic school under the Secretariat for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Allentown. However, Mercy is open to people of all faiths.

No. We are proud of our Catholic faith, but we realize that religion is one factor in a family’s determination of whether our school is the right fit for their child. Religious instruction is part of the curriculum and students who are Catholic receive sacramental preparation, but we also teach across all faiths to instill in our students the core values that we’d want in any individual regardless of religious affiliation.

We are located at 830 S. Woodward St. in Allentown, just down the street from St. Paul’s Parish and Roosevelt Elementary School.

Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties

For our School-Age program, transportation is provided through the child’s school district of residence if within a 10 mile radius of Mercy, unless other arrangements are made with the individual child’s district. For the Adult Program, families can make arrangements with public transportation (such as LANta or Easton Coach) to have their son or daughter be brought to Mercy.

8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. for Pre-K and School-Age programs

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the Adult Program

Each of our School-Age classrooms currently enjoys a 5-to-1 ratio. Each classroom offers a teacher and teacher’s assistantbased on the number of children being educated in the room – some rooms feature more than 1 assistant – to give each child as much individualized attention as possible.

Integrated Pre-K program (for ages 3-5), School-Age (exclusively for students with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities ages 5-21), and our Adult program (state-licensed community habilitation program for adults over age 21 who are unable to work in a supported environment because of their disabilities)

Absolutely. Our student population is comprised of children and young adults with some form of intellectual and/or developmental disability, be it autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and more. About 1/3 of our students are nonverbal, and virtually all of our students have more than one disability. But at Mercy, it’s about what a person can do, not what he or she can’t do, so we use programs and services that develop the individual in all areas so that the person can achieve great things both now and later in life.

Mercy School for Special Learning adopts a strict “No-Hazing” policy that applies to all students, staff members and volunteers. Please bring it to the attention of our principal (principal@mercyspeciallearning.org) and feel free to download our policy here.

Occupational, physical and speech therapies. The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 provides occupational therapy and physical therapy, though the latter is only available through a doctor’s prescription. Speech therapy is also provided through Act 89.

The cost to educate a single child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities at Mercy is $21,000 for 2016-2017. What parents pay is determined after families apply for assistance through our FACTS system and financial information is reviewed. A family with more than 1 child at Mercy receives discounted rates for siblings. Our families’ ability to pay tuition – or have their public school district pay for their child to attend Mercy – is critical to our ability to deliver our mission effectively.

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As for the Adult Program, fees are set by the county based on where the individual client resides.

Yes, for our Pre-K and School-Age programs. Families interested in applying for financial aid must go through our FACTS system which determines a family’s eligibility and sets how much it can pay. We have a very strong Scholarship & Tuition Assistance Program to ensure that all our families who have chosen Mercy for their child’s education can afford to send them here.

Absolutely. Our continuous enrollment throughout the year allows for families unhappy with the educational experiences their child is (or isn’t) getting at his or her school to enroll at Mercy.

Come for a tour! Because we want to make sure our programs fit a person’s needs – not the other way around – we invite you to contact our principal at principal@mercyspeciallearning.org or at 610.797.8242. She will meet with a potential family and, most importantly, the child or adult being considered for placement to see if we are the right fit. Tours are available year-round.

Unexpected closings of our programs are announced on WFMZ-TV 69 (www.wfmz.com), as well as WAEB 790 AM (www.790waeb.com) and B104.1 FM (www.b104.com) radio stations.

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