Assisting Catholic Schools in educating children with special needs

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The Rosewood Foundation

The Rosewood Foundation, formerly Fire Foundation of Greater Chicago, makes grants to partner schools, providing partial funding for special education resources and staffing. Students with special needs achieve their individual academic objectives while learning alongside their peers. For more information on Inclusive Education within the Archdiocese of Chicago, email If you are a parent of a child with special needs or an Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic School Administrator, please refer to our Apply For Grant page for information on funding opportunities.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive education in Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago. We envision our Catholic schools to be a place where every student is valued as a unique child made in the image and likeness of God.

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Our Partner Schools

Rosewood Foundation works together with several schools in the greater Chicago area to support their inclusive education learning environment. We look forward to welcoming more schools into our Rosewood family very soon.

St. James

Saint James School is dedicated to partnering with parents in modeling Christ for our children. We strive to provide a foundation from which students recognize and develop their personal relationship with God.

St. Juliana

Saint Juliana School has faithfully served Catholic families in the Edison Park, Niles, and Park Ridge communities with excellent academic achievement, spiritual development, and services since 1928.

Embers Academy

Embers is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and character formation and works in partnership with parents, who are the primary educators of their children.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy

Educating children in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago since 1888, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy offers top-tier academics in a nurturing Catholic environment.

St. John the Evangelist

At St. John the Evangelist we are blessed to have the most dedicated, faith-filled faculty and the most spiritually and intellectually challenging curriculum for your children.

Regina Dominican High School

St. Thomas of Villanova

St. Ann's School


 We Have the Power to Impact Our Future

Success Stories:

Christina’s Story

Christina is a joyful little girl who loves attending Embers Academy with her two older siblings.
She has a speech disability and developmental delays. With a grant from Rosewood, Christina is thriving in the kindergarten classroom and exceeding all expectations. She is even learning to read!


Kathryn is a bright young preschool student at St. Ann School in Pilsen. She brings joyful energy to her classroom each day! Kathryn’s parents dreamed of sending her to the same Catholic school as her four siblings, despite her Autism diagnosis.

Mateo’s Victory!

Mateo attends Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy and joined the Cross Country team in the Fall. He loved being a part of it and was always ready to go and full of energy!

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Before God, all earthly differences disappear; the only important measure that remains is the hope of a believer and the generous love that each person carries in their heart.

- John Paul II

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