St. Julie Billiart Program
The St. Julie Billiart Program serves bright, college-bound students with a diagnosed language-based learning difference.
In St. Julie Billiart program, girls receive 2:1 instruction with an experienced learning specialist, who supports the girls through Maryvale’s rigorous college preparatory program using proven instructional methods. The staff personally configures a Student Learning Plan for each girl to ensure that her educational needs are met and supported, thus allowing her to successfully navigate Maryvale’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Within the St. Julie Billiart Program, students gain a deeper understanding of their learning differences while recognizing their strengths and advocating for their individual learning needs.
In addition to working directly with participating students and their families, the St. Julie Billiart Program also serves as a resource for all Maryvale families. Faculty and staff responds to questions concerning learning issues while working closely with school and college counselors.
Who benefits from the St. Julie Billiart Program?
A St. Julie Billiart student is, first and foremost, a motivated Maryvale student. Through the St. Julie Billiart Program, girls are given the tools they need to achieve their greatest level of success at Maryvale. Students in the St. Julie Billiart Program are represented in all levels of academics at Maryvale, including College Preparatory, Accelerated, Honors and Advanced Placement courses. All St. Julie Billiart students complete the same course of study every Maryvale graduate pursues.
Submit an online Maryvale application indicating an interest in the St. Julie Billiart Program.
- Arrange for a Shadow Visit Day.
- Take the entrance exam at Maryvale, with appropriate accommodations.
- Submit current academic records.
Submit the following materials. Please note that this is required for all St. Julie Billiart candidates.
- A current psychological-educational evaluation (dated within three years) including, but not limited to, WISC and Woodcock Johnson test scores.
- All students applying for the St. Julie Billiart Program must have both tests and a DSM V diagnosis of a language-based learning difference.
After the review of your application, an interview with the student may be requested by the director of the St. Julie Billiart Program or the director of admissions.
The St. Julie Billiart Program Director will be available to families by phone or email at any point during the application process to provide information to families.
What our Families Have to Say
“We are so happy that we chose Maryvale for Middle School for our daughter. We love the St. Julie Billiart Program, the wonderful and caring teachers and staff, and the incredible friends that she has made! During these formative years, we've seen our daughter grow into a better student and a more confident, happy young lady. This truly is a special place and her experiences here are both shaping her life and creating memories for a lifetime!”
- Jen Ronald, parent of Lauren, an Upper School student
“The St. Julie Billiart program is a helpful program for students with learning differences because it gives us the extra time and support that we need for the way we learn. The St. Julie teachers help with time management, and also provide special teaching techniques for things that we might have difficulty with in our regular classes. SJB is my favorite class of the day. I love my teacher, and I know that I can always count on her to help me!”
- Lauren, Upper School student
Contact the Director
Kathleen Donohue Wilder
Director of the St. Julie Billiart Program