Meet Joseph

Home State LA
Grade 1st

Pamela Gauthier would cry every nine weeks during her son’s report card conferences. Joseph, who has Down syndrome, was not making any progress in his public school. “There was no hope, no progress.”

The teacher told me, ‘I don’t have what it takes to bring what Joseph needs’,” said Pamela. “There had to be more for Joseph.”

Thanks to the Louisiana Scholarship Program, Pamela was able to enroll Joseph in Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy – a school that serves children with special needs. She saw immediate progress, with Joseph showing improvement on his first report card. Pamela was amazed.

Pamela says Joseph is displaying a new confidence. “We can tell that he’s learning and we are satisfied.”

“This would not have been possible without the Louisiana Scholarship Program. I just couldn’t believe that this opportunity was here. A way was made for Joseph.”