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History

Madonna Learning Center, initially called "Madonna Day School", was founded in 1969 by three Benedictine Sisters from Ferdinand, Indiana. The Sisters envisioned a faith-based environment where the cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and physical developmental needs of children with disabilities could be realized. At the time, this was a ground-breaking concept – many of these children were often institutionalized in that era. 

We opened our doors at Saint Peter’s Home for Children in Midtown with 21 students, later relocating to St. James Catholic Church with 24 students. The current name of Madonna Learning Center was adopted in 1996 when we moved to our current facility at 7007 Poplar Avenue in Germantown. 

We are proud to celebrate our history in the Memphis area: we celebrate our faith-based roots and ground-breaking individualized approach for our students. We currently operate the only private independent school in the Mid-South for students with disabilities and are the only school to offer a therapeutic environment with a small teacher to student ratio.

As we look ahead to the future, we envision an expanded Madonna Learning Center campus so we can expand our services to include younger children and more adults from the greater community.





Madonna Learning Center provides a nurturing faith-based educational and social environment that empowers young and adult students with special needs to reach their full potential while offering support to their families.