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Academic Support Program

Roncalli Catholic Benilde Program


Open House: Oct. 25th and Nov. 29th at 6:00 PM.


Roncalli Catholic High School is pleased to announce an innovative, nationally recognized program that will support students in acimg_8073hieving success. Roncalli Catholic has instituted the Benilde Program which provides daily academic support for incoming freshmen students who are able to cognitively adhere to a college preparatory curriculum, but may have educational needs that can make it difficult for them to achieve their full potential on their own.

The philosophy of the Benilde Program is that students attend the same classes, participate in the same clubs and extra-curricular activities and meet the same requirements as their peers. To help them succeed, the Benilde instructor will promote academic and self-advocacy skills, which will increase the probability of success. The students involved in the Benilde Program are successful because they attend a core class over the summer to lighten their academic work load, may take classes out of sequence, attend a daily Benilde class, learn advanced study skills, test-taking techniques, and other strategies for maximizing academic success. The ultimate goal of the Benilde Program is to teach each student how they best learn so that they are successful in college and beyond.


About Our Director


Hi! I am Leah (McGrew) Critchfield, the Benilde Director at Roncalli Catholic High School. I grew up in a small farming community where faith, family, and education were important. I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. I always admired teachers because of their ability to help others. I wanted to be in a position where I could help students develop a love of learning even if it was difficult for them. I started my education career teaching middle school special education for three years in Columbus, Nebraska. I then moved to Australia where I relief taught in special education schools for six months. I then served as a special education teacher for the Papillion-LaVista School District for two years. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a K-12 Special Education certification from Peru State College and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. I could not be happier to be a part of the Roncalli Catholic family.

For more information on this exciting and innovative program, please contact Mrs. Critchfield at lcritchfield@roncallicatholic.org.

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