Catholic Coalition for Special Education
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Academy of Holy Cross welcomes two new students with Down syndrome

Congratulations to the 2013 CCSE Grant Award recipients:

  • The Heights School, Potomac (Montgomery County)
  • St. Francis International School, Silver Spring (Montgomery County)
  • St. Michaelís School, Ridge (St. Maryís County)
  • St. Maryís School, Landover Hills (Prince Georgeís County)
  • The Seton Keough High School, Baltimore (Baltimore County)

2012 Grant Awards
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Congratulations to our 2014 Believe in Me! Program Recipients

$75,000 in seed grants awarded to 5 schools in the Archdiocese of Washington and Baltimore to support students with disabilities in Catholic schools:

  • The Academy of the Holy Cross, Kensington
  • Holy Redeemer School, College Park
  • Seton Keough High School, Baltimore
  • St. John's Regional Catholic School, Frederick
  • St. Mary's School, Landover Hills


The mission of the Catholic Coalition for Special Education is to ensure that children with special needs are able to attend, and receive an appropriate education in their local Catholic elementary schools and high schools. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI “no child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.” CCSE provides grants and technical assistance to help Catholic schools in Washington, D.C. and Maryland achieve this goal.

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Who We Are

Established in 2004, the Catholic Coalition for Special Education, Inc. (CCSE) raises funds to support the implementation of special education instruction and programs in Catholic Schools in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. CCSE is organized as a religious, charitable, educational non-profit corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

What we do
CCSE is the only organization in the Washington metropolitan area to provide an affordable non-public option for families seeking a Catholic education for their child with special needs. We support both existing programs and the establishment of new programs. The Professional Advisory Board works with schools to implement appropriate, cost-effective programs thereby removing some of the burden from the school administration. This allows children with special needs to grow spiritually and academically. CCSE is guided by the philosophy that the Catholic school is a safe, loving place where all are welcome. CCSE encourages communities to embrace this philosophy by raising disabilities awareness and promoting community participation by awarding grants and providing technical assistance to schools.

Who we serve
Children and youth K-12, with intellectual and physical disabilities and with special learning needs who are or who wish to be enrolled in Catholic schools in Washington, DC and Maryland.

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