Learning center

Pope John Paul II HS unveils game-changing learning center and program – Catholic Philly

As the new school year begins, a Catholic high school in Montgomery County is expanding educational options for its students.

Pope John Paul II Secondary School (PJP2) in Royersford unveiled its new Panthers Learning Center (PLC) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 29. Located in the school’s former student center, the PLC will serve as a hub for student support, offering two specialized classrooms for traditional and flexible teaching. The center’s design, centered around a Promethean ActivPanel, a large interactive digital signage screen, promotes student collaboration.

The PLC is also home to the school’s latest academic offering, the Panthers Achieving Worthwhile Success (PAWS) program, which is available to students with a diagnosed learning difference supported by an Individual Education Plan (IEP), documentation 504 (relating to conditions specified in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973), or a doctor’s note.

Both the PLC program and the PAWS program will be led by new Director of Academic Support, Joseph Rogers, who said it was “a blessing to be able to support all learners in this vibrant and beautiful space.”

With a master’s degree in special education from Saint Joseph’s University and a recent graduate of that school’s Alliance for Catholic Education program, Rogers added that he’s “excited to be part of a community that intentionally designs programs for meet the needs of the students entrusted to our care.

The PLC and PAWS initiatives were made possible by a grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education (the successor to the Archdiocesan Education Fund), established in 1967 by building contractor and former US Ambassador to Ireland Matthew McCloskey, Jr.

PJP2 President Vinnie Cazzetta said he was “incredibly grateful for the generous support and partnership of the Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education.”

He described the PLC and PAWS programs as “game changers” that improve the “school’s ability to welcome all learners into Catholic education.”

The PLC has also received additional support through the Nonpublic Schools Emergency Assistance (EANS) program, an effort of the U.S. Department of Education that provides grants to each state governor for distribution to his or her turn to non-public schools, as they provide support for learning and mental health. resources in response to the pandemic.

Those interested in getting more information about the PAWS program and visiting the PLC are invited to the PJP2 Fall Open House on October 6 from 5-7 p.m. The school is located at 181 Rittenhouse Road in Royersford.