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Vogelweid Learning Center History
Vogelweid Learning Center is a special services program associated with Saint Peter Catholic School in Jefferson City, Missouri. Msgr. Vogelweid believed that every student should be able to receive a Catholic education, no matter what his or her learning ability. As a result, a special education school was founded by Bishop Marling, Msgr. Vogelweid, the School Sisters of Notre Dame and dedicated parents who wanted to give their children with special needs a Catholic education. The school was opened on September 9,1964 with 15 students. The program was originally named Saint Peter’s Special Education Program. The name was changed to Vogelweid Learning Center in 1984 when the building was renamed in honor of Monsignor Vogelweid.
At its inception, the Vogelweid program operated as a self-contained special education program enrolling children from the parish. It started with few resources and gradually built up the program. The students used the same books as the rest of the students at levels and speeds adjusted to each student’s ability.
Vogelweid Learning Center has since evolved into an inclusive program within Saint Peter Catholic School and now enrolls children from other Catholic parishes as well as children of other faiths. Children receiving services through the program remain in the regular classroom whenever possible. When needing a different approach, children leave the regular classroom and receive small group or one-to-one instruction.