Serving Students with Learning Differences Since 1969
In 1967, the newly formed Diocese of St. Petersburg was led by Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin. He accepted the call to build a school serving the special needs community in the St. Petersburg area.
In May of 1969, ground was broken for the first phase of Morning Star School of Pinellas Park, Inc. In August of 1969, the school year began with the first six students in a temporary facility. The completed Morning Start School was dedicated on February 1, 1970 and the doors opened to receive 20 students. Thus began the ministry to meet the special educational needs of children of all faiths and backgrounds in the St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay Area.