Assisted Learning Program at Arroyo Pacific Academy

Published : Friday, August 3, 2018 | 2:07 PM

Sometimes the most brilliant and intelligent students do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds. – Diane Ravitch

Recognizing that some students have mild learning differences that impact their ability to benefit from traditional methods of instruction, the Assisted Learning Program is designed to respond to the needs of students who learn differently or who can benefit from reasonable accommodations to support academic progress. Students whose courses are designated as assisted learning in high school may be eligible for educational services at the college and university level. This program is not a special education program, and the school cannot provide all possible accommodations; however, students from a variety of educational backgrounds can benefit from the program as they prepare for college and careers.

Students who qualify for basic accommodations may take courses in the school’s general high school, college prep, and premier scholar programs. Students who qualify for significantly modified curriculum with an assisted learning designation take courses in the school’s general high school program.

Students who have the proper documentation within three years current, including evaluations by a licensed educational psychologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or developmental pediatrician, may apply to have their courses designated as assisted learning. The assessments must be in an official report, state the standardized scores achieved for each of the tests, identify the qualifying diagnosis and the data that supports the clinician’s diagnosis. This evaluation is the cornerstone to an effective plan of supportive education for the student.

A student with documented disabilities may be eligible for accommodations during College Board Exams (AP, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT). All of the school’s assisted learning documentation is required prior to application for College Board accommodations. The College Board SSD Accommodations Request process can take seven weeks, so parents are urged to plan well ahead. An Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student requesting accommodations. This form can be obtained by contacting the school’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator. One form per student can authorize testing accommodations across College Board programs (AP, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT). A student will only need to submit a new form if he or she changes schools. If a student needs different accommodations, the SSD Coordinator must submit an Accommodations Change Form.

Arroyo Pacific Academy, 41 W. Santa Clara St., Arcadia, (626) 294-0661 or visit www.arroyopacific.org.

 

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