Michael Ufer Learning Program
Bishop Blanchet High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school called to address the educational needs of our students; including those with learning disabilities and individual learning differences to the extent that we can reasonably do so.
The Michael Ufer Learning Program is a comprehensive support program to help students succeed in the classroom and be in charge of their own learning. All students in the Michael Ufer Learning Program fully participate in the college preparatory program. The services provided are those that can be implemented within the existing schedule and curriculum. Our teachers utilize best instructional practices. Bishop Blanchet High School offers academic support classes within the block schedule and individualized learning plans.
History of the Michael Ufer Program for Academic Success
The Michael Ufer Program for Academic Success at Bishop Blanchet, unique among the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle, was established in 2001 in honor of Michael Ufer because his example serves as its inspiration.
Michael tragically passed away in 2000, the summer before his sophomore year at Bishop Blanchet. Michael, like other students who experience difficulties in the learning process, achieved success only through tremendous effort and significant support outside the classroom. He needed help to succeed, but did not want academic expectations lowered. Thus, Michael Ufer Academic Support classes are designed to help students help themselves within Bishop Blanchet’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum. These classes, along with the other educational resources and services, are the cornerstone of a collective academic support effort that enables our students to succeed at Bishop Blanchet and it provides students with critical life skills. Since its inception in 2001, Michael's parents have established an endowment fund, which will enable the program to grow and flourish in future years.