Walsh Jesuit High School Policy for Students with Documented Learning Differences and Special Needs

Walsh Jesuit High School is committed to supporting eligible students who need limited learning supports to be successful in a college preparatory high school. Walsh Jesuit maintains this Policy for Students with Documented Learning Differences and Special Needs to ensure all students are provided with the same opportunities to learn. Walsh Jesuit is committed to providing support to qualified students with some disabilities or diagnosed learning differences, including temporary conditions. Walsh Jesuit seeks to address the needs of these students with services and adjustments to allow them to thrive and flourish in the school’s college preparatory curriculum. The school may not be able to provide all adjustments given personnel and program limitations. It will review adjustments on a regular basis.

Jesuit Ideals and Learning:
In keeping with the Jesuit values on education and cura personalis, any academic adjustment procedures are created, maintained and implemented by Walsh Jesuit High School, and provided to interested parties as necessary. Individuals seeking adjustments must contact Walsh Jesuit’s Learning Specialist or Assistant Principal for Academics to initiate the Application for Assistance.

Requisite for Seeking Adjustments in School:
Interested parties seeking long-term and short-term adjustments for their current student, and any adjustments for prospective students should complete the Walsh Jesuit Learning Differences/Special Needs Form. (next page). A complete educational, medical and/or psychological evaluation completed by a professional evaluator or other acceptable professional evaluation completed within the last three years, must be submitted to the Learning Specialist for consideration of adjustments.

Requisite for Seeking Adjustments for ACT or College Board:
Students seeking adjustments for ACT or College Board (Advanced Placement, PSAT, SAT and Subject exams) standardized testing should contact Walsh Jesuit's Learning Specialist.  The guidelines and procedures of those testing companies may be accessed on the ACT and College Board websites.

Implementation of Adjustments in the Classroom:
The decision to allow adjustments in a learning plan will be made on a case-by-case basis. The review process will be contingent upon the school’s ability to accommodate an adjustment as well as its impact on the overall social and educational environment of the school.

The presence of a learning disability does not automatically guarantee academic accommodations. Walsh Jesuit will carefully review all relevant information related to the request for accommodation to determine if the learning disability has a significant impact in a student’s performance. Doing so is consistent with the process College Board and ACT use to decide whether students are eligible for accommodations on their exams. If a determination is made to support learning accommodations, Walsh Jesuit will formalize a plan for the student that will specify the minor adjustments. This plan will be shared with a student’s parents, classroom teachers, and counselor and can be used when requesting standardized testing accommodations during high school. The plan will be reviewed on a yearly basis.

Teachers will implement and abide by adjustments determined to be necessary by the Walsh Jesuit review process. Teachers may provide additional adjustments on a case-by-case basis; however, they will not be expected or required to provide adjustments beyond those identified and agreed to in the review process.

Adjustments supported at Walsh Jesuit include:
• Preferential classroom seating
• Facilitating sharing of notes by students and/or providing copies of teachers’ presentations
• Establishing timelines for long term projects
• Alternatives to bubble sheet type assessments
• Extended time for semester exams (not to exceed 50% extended time)
• Use of assistive technologies and auxiliary aids
• Audio texts
• Large print texts and exams
• Sensory tools
• Use of noise reducing devices (e.g. ear plugs, or headphones)
• One-on-one assistance
• Counseling services
• Other minor adjustments offered by teachers and the school

Learning adjustments not supported at Walsh Jesuit include:
• Modified curriculum
• Remediation
• Modified assessments
• One-on-one instruction
• ESL instruction
• Behavior modification plans
• Implementation of formal Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Learning Services and Interventions Provided at Walsh Jesuit:
Walsh Jesuit provides several learning services and interventions to help students with learning differences and special needs. Learn more . . .

Financial Costs of Adjustments:
Walsh Jesuit may not cover the cost of all permitted adjustments. In some cases parents will be responsible for covering additional costs associated with an adjustment. Cost may also influence the decision to include a particular adjustment in a student’s learning plan.

Medication & Treatment

Students and Medication
The school nurse must be notified if a student is taking medication on a regular basis. Parents are urged to dispense and monitor their child’s medications carefully. Any misuse or distribution of prescription medication will subject a student to immediate dismissal from Walsh Jesuit.

Students and In-Patient Treatment
Walsh Jesuit wishes to cooperate fully with professional treatment personnel to provide support to a student returning to school after in-patient treatment. To facilitate a smooth transition back to the school setting the following must take place before the student returns: (1) the parent/guardian/student must sign a release of information waiver for information pertinent to the student’s ability to function in the school setting, (2) the professional who has worked with the student must contact the school nurse, and (3) the parent/guardian and returning student must meet with an administrator and counselor to work out details regarding the student’s return to school. In some circumstances a determination may be made that a student should begin a new educational program, and when this is the case, Walsh Jesuit will assist in this transition.