Xavier College Preparatory High School is committed to providing an inclusive and equitable learning experience for all students. Xavier faculty and staff understand and appreciate the diversity of learning and strive to provide additional support to help students reach their academic potential. Most courses are offered at various levels of academic rigor (college prep, honors, AP) in order to meet the academic needs of each student. All students benefit from a daily rotating class schedule in order to experience different classes at different times each day.
Physical, learning and mental health disabilities documentation guidelines:
- Diagnosis is clearly stated including DSM-V or ICD-10 codes (For example: 314.01 (F90.2) ADHD Combined presentation)
- Evaluations and medical documentation is current:
1 year for medical documentation
3 years for psycho-educational assessment
- Documentation clearly explains how the disability/disorder impacts learning and interferes with a major life activity such as learning.
- Professional credentials of the assessor is clear.
Please note: Medical diagnosis must be provided in written letter format. Medical diagnosis on prescriptions pads will not be accepted.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATIONS
Accommodations are meant to provide an equitable learning and assessment opportunity for a student who has a disability. A student may or may not feel that their disability is a hindrance in learning and testing situations and therefore may or may not require an accommodation in all circumstances. Students will have different needs even though they may share the same diagnosis. It is at the discretion of the student to decide how they would like to use their accommodations.
- Extended time-testing
- Small Group testing /Reduced Distraction Environment
- Extended time: assessments
- Preferential seating
- Copies of notes
- Memory aid
- Use of Calculator ( 4 digit)
- Use of Computer
- Use of assistive technology
- Food/water permitted in class
- Unlimited access to the restroom
- Private space (student self-administration of insulin, medication)
- Access to elevator
- PE exemption or class modification
- Extra time to transition from class to class
- Enlarge print
- Closed captioning
Xavier does not provide the following accommodations/modifications:
- One to one aids
- Psycho-educational assessment (does provide outside referrals)
- Modified or specialized courses or instruction
Reasonable denial of accommodations (as per ADA):
- Making the accommodation or having the individual involved in the activity poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
- Making the accommodation means making a substantial change in an essential element of the curriculum.
- Making the accommodation would require a substantial alteration in the manner in which educational opportunities are provided, such as the course objectives being altered.
- Making the accommodation would impose an undue financial or administrative burden to the institution.
- Verify the documentation
- Create 504 Plan
- Share 504 Plan with Principal (Chris Alling) for approval
- Meet with parents to approve/decline the 504 Plan
- If approved, upload 504 Plan and share with teachers
Before, During and After Xavier
Before coming to Xavier, we recommend that you schedule a meeting with our Learning Specialist to discuss possible accommodations and resources available for students with disabilities. It is important that you disclose your child’s disability during the application process. Disclosing your child’s disability will not negatively impact Xavier’s admissions decisions, but instead will allow us to provide the appropriate accommodations during admissions and placement testing.
During your child’s time at Xavier, each identified student will work with our learning specialist all 4 years of high school. They will also be assigned a college counselor when they reach junior and senior year. Our learning specialist focuses on ways to improve and support executive functioning skills, learning, emotional support and advocacy as well as academic accommodations. Based on the documentation received, the learning specialist will work with students and families to create a 504 Student Support Plan that will provide the necessary accommodations to support your child academic needs.
After Xavier, your child will have the necessary advocacy skills to help them disclose their disability once admitted to college. Post secondary institutions are required to provide reasonable accommodations. Since post secondary institutions no longer have to implement 504 or student support plans, it becomes imperative that students understand their needs and are able to disclose this information effectively. In most cases, students will continue to receive the same accommodations in college as they did at Xavier.
CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST (HSPT)?
Yes. Complete the HSPT Accommodations Form located on the Xavier website
CAN MY CHILD GET ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE SAT/ACT?
Absolutely! You will need to apply and submit documentation. Please consult the learning specialist for more information
WILL HAVING ACCOMMODATIONS NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY CHILD’S ADMISSIONS TO COLLEGE?
Absolutely not! Denying a student based on a disability is considered discrimination. Most colleges have student disabilities services on campus. They provide accommodations and additional support for those who qualify. According to ADA, “Exams administered by any private, state, or local government entity related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary or postsecondary education, professional, or trade purposes are covered by the ADA and testing accommodations, pursuant to the ADA, must be provided.
HOW WILL MY CHILD’S DISABILITY GET DISCLOSED TO TEACHERS?
Your child’s 504 plan will be shared with teachers confidentially. Parents will approve the 504 plan before it is disseminated to faculty.
For more information regarding Learning Accommodations, please contact Ms. St.Onge at firstname.lastname@example.org