Learning Differences

Sacred Heart Academy offers classroom accommodations to students with documented learning differences. By offering additional support and services to students with documented learning differences, we promote educating each individual student in a way that fits her needs. In order to reach each student, our program provides education to faculty about various learning disabilities and how they impact students in their classrooms. Our program works in collaboration with the SHA administration, faculty, staff, parents, and community members to enhance students’ academic and personal growth. We promote strong study skills, enhance student confidence, and encourage self-advocacy as it relates to each student’s specific learning needs. We empower students to be successful in Sacred Heart’s rigorous academic curriculum and will help to prepare students for college and their adult lives.

The Learning Center

Sacred Heart Academy’s Learning Center opened in the fall of 2013 and is located on the third floor of the main building. The Learning Center provides a space dedicated to meeting the needs of students with diagnosed learning differences. It allows students access to computers, printers, copy machine, iPad charging station as well as guidance from two dedicated faculty members who work with students on study skills, organization, self-advocacy, and the ACT/SAT application process.

Services Available

All students at Sacred Heart Academy participate fully in the regular college preparatory curriculum. Students are placed into class levels that strive to meet their abilities in each core subject.

Accommodations are provided for those students with limited learning differences who provide SHA with official documentation of their learning difference. A student will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be accepted if Sacred Heart, with reasonable and limited accommodations, can meet the student’s needs. After all pertinent information is received, a decision regarding acceptance will be made.

After a student has been accepted to SHA, she and her parents will meet with the Learning Differences Coordinator to develop an accommodation plan (called an Accommodation Plan) that is appropriate for her individual needs and that matches the accommodations that Sacred Heart provides.

Accommodations available include the following:

  • Assistance with ACT/SAT accommodation forms
  • Audio recording of class lectures
  • Extended time for testing
  • Help with organization and study skills
  • Non-use of Scantron answer sheets
  • Oral testing
  • Peer tutoring through the National Honor Society
  • Preferential seating
  • Regular communication with parents
  • Self-advocacy training
  • Testing in a quiet, distraction free setting

Please contact our Learning Differences Coordinator, Ms. Emily Puffer for more information.

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