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Madonna School for Exceptional Children

School for Exceptional Children


6402 N 71st Plz
Omaha, NE 68104

Fax: 402-556-7332
Last Updated: November 27, 2017




About Madonna School for Exceptional Children

Our Mission

Special people meeting special needs for special people.
Madonna is an educational organization founded on the Christian principles of the value, worth and dignity of every individual as created by God. Our mission is to serve students and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible. 
Madonna comprises three elements: a  school serving mildly to moderately disabled children, a Life Skills Transition Program for mildly to moderately disabled 18-21 year olds, and a sheltered workshop for moderately to severely disabled adults.
Our History
In 1960, Sister Mary Evangeline Randolph, RSM recognized the need Omaha had for a school to educate children with special needs – a place where they could learn, grow and belong. She was currently teaching three students at St. James Orphanage, who had cognitive disabilities that prevented them from enrolling in the public school system. They had nowhere else to go for an education.

Sister Evangeline was determined to help teach these children. Thus, Madonna School was conceived. Word spread in the community of the special classes she was conducting, and several other students enrolled. The school was originally called Omaha Archdiocesan School for Exceptional Children; however, the name was later changed to Madonna School serving special needs students.

By 1970, there were 38 children attending classes, and Madonna School was experiencing growing pains. Through the generosity of many donors and volunteers, Sister Evangeline was able to purchase a church in the Benson area and remodel it to accommodate the growing number of students. The school remained at this site for over 30 years.
Madonna School has evolved from its humble beginnings in the St. James Orphanage to a beautiful 20,000-square-foot building, which opened its doors in August 2004. Today, there are 58 children attending Madonna School, ages 5 - 21.
Madonna School
Madonna School encourages optimum performance, develops academic and life skills and establishes self-confidence for cognitively and developmentally disabled students.

The curriculum is based on a functional academic approach, i.e. language arts, math and writing and individualized for each student. The students are also taught practical life skills.

Physical education, speech-language services and art and music therapy further enhance the total program.

Combined, the entire curriculum is provided within a spiritual context, thus enabling the school to deliver a complete education.

Interesting Facts:

• A Nebraska state-approved special education school

• The Only private Catholic special education school in the state of Nebraska

• All teachers are certified in special education

• The maximum number of students in a classroom is 10

• The student/teacher ratio is 5 to 1, with a certified teacher and associate in each classroom

• Students come from all faiths and nationalities, ranging in age from 5 to 21 years


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