Learning Center

Student Support Services

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“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”

Hellen Keller

 

About Us

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Learning Center is a students’ support service that helps ensure equal access to educational opportunities for students with learning disabilities.

The Learning Center Coordinators provide reasonable accommodations and monitor students’ academic progress and well-being at School. Diversity and individuality are

embraced while promoting acceptance, tolerance, cooperation, equity, independence, a positive attitude, self-awareness and confidence.

Objectives

1. Give support and information to regular classroom teachers about diagnosis and management strategies.

2. Provide reasonable accommodations and supervise students during tests taken at the Learning Center.

3. Reinforce student’s self esteem, and give advice and guidance for everyday life.

 

In addition to the above mentioned objectives, the Learning Center Coordinators:

1. Offer orientation about the Learning Center    Program to parents, students, and teachers.

2. Review referrals for children having or

suspected of having learning difficulties,

behavioral disorders or physical handicaps to determine evaluation procedure.

3. Confer with students, parents, counselors, school teachers and health specialists to help

resolve student problems, performance issues, and special situations.

4. Assist teachers in the process of providing reasonable accommodations according to

specialists’ recommendations as long as they do not alter the nature of the school program and do not represent an undue hardship.

Requirements

The parents of identified students must provide the Learning Center and School Counselor with the following:

1. Psychometric, Psychological and/or Psycho educational Evaluation which includes cognitive, emotional and educational assessments.

2. Documentation by a psychologist indicating the existence of a learning disability and how it impairs learning

3. Documentation by therapist indicating that the child is receiving therapeutic intervention,  recommendations and/or progress reports.

4. Any other evaluation that the psychologist and or counselor may require, such as, audiological, visual, or neurological

 

The parent is responsible for providing up to date information on the child’s needs and recommendations given by specialist. This documentation needs to be current, detailed, comprehensive and include justification for the requested accommodations.

Non compliance with these requirements may affect advancement in the student’s accommodation services. The Learning Center Coordinators and School Counselors will determine if the requested adjustments are adequately documented, consistent with the disability and are reasonable. The  accommodation must not cause an undue burden, represent unduly cost or fundamentally alter the nature of the school program.

Eligibility will be considered based on diagnosis, the specific nature of the student’s functional impairment of a major life activity, and its impact for the education or testing environment in which the student is placed

In a school setting, reasonable     accommodations are practices and procedures that provide students with disabilities access to equal opportunities, as that of their peers, during the learning and evaluation process. The goal of providing a  reasonable accommodation is to reduce or eliminate the effects of the student’s disability- it does NOT, under any circumstance,    reduce or lower grade goals or   objectives.

Dorado Academy offers a regular education program in which each student is expected to meet his/her grade standards. Being entitled to accommodations does not guarantee that the student will be able to comply with the grade requirements or continue to the next grade level.

Staff

Learning Center Coordinator:
Ms.Sheyla Muratti and Ms. Liliana González