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Academics

Learning Differences Program

Students with learning differences and their families deserve access to a Catholic secondary education with full support for their unique learning needs.  The Learning Differences Program is rooted in Bishop Stang’s mission to serve a diverse population and the conviction that a Catholic education should be accessible to all of God’s children.  The program will take an integrated approach and provide the necessary support for young people to flourish and thrive as they prepare to excel in learning and life as people of faith, integrity, knowledge and service.

Qualifications:
Students must qualify to receive services through the program by submitting an application for acceptance.  A current evaluation, within the last three years from the date of application, must demonstrate a diagnosis in one of the following areas: Dyslexia, High Functioning Autism Spectrum (Level 1), Executive Functioning, Dysgraphia, Language Processing and Dyscalculia (Math).  All relevant testing, including IEPs and accommodation plans should be submitted with the application.  An active IEP is not a requirement for the program but all families are encouraged to obtain and maintain an active IEP.  Each participant will receive a services plan developed by the school.

All applications will be reviewed by the Assistant Principal of Academics, Director of SEAL Foundation, Special Education Teacher, and Director of School Counseling.  The school will review each application individually to ascertain how to best meet the needs of each student.

Students who are not admitted to the program, but still require accommodations for diagnoses such as ADD and ADHD, will continue to receive accommodations through the School Counseling Department.

Integration
Students in the program will receive direct services and support from program teachers.  Students will be fully integrated into the academic and co-curricular life of the school.  Students will be placed in the school’s Advanced Placement, Honors, College Prep A and College Prep B courses according to their abilities.  The program teachers will work collaboratively with classroom teachers and department chairs to appropriately place students and ensure supportive accommodations.  

A waiver of the World Language requirement for graduation will only be granted if specified in the student’s evaluation and underlying diagnosis.  

Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Program participants are not required, but are encouraged, to obtain or maintain an active IEP.  Obtained through the public district of residence or Dartmouth Public Schools, the IEP will qualify the student to receive additional services via federal proportionate share funding.   The additional services provided supplement the support received from the program.