What is a psychoeducational evaluation?

A psychoeducational evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of your student’s learning differences. It includes a diagnostic interview, an assessment of aptitude and academic achievement, a history of their previous accommodations, an assessment of how your student processes information and a diagnosis. This evaluation should verify your student’s need for accommodations based on his or her current level of functioning.

 

Who conducts the psychoeducational evaluation?

The majority of our parents use private testing sources. We accept both the private testing reports and those completed through a public school. All reports must be current — no older than three years. A list of testing sources is provided to parents upon request.

 

What are typical learning differences addressed through the Learning for Success Program?

Learning differences addressed through the Learning for Success Program include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Processing speed issues
  • Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Emotional issues (not requiring an extensive behavior intervention plan)

 

What are commonly provided accommodations?

Testing accommodations include but are not limited to the following:

  • Extended time
  • No Scantron tests
  • Oral testing
  • Scribing
  • Testing in smaller setting
  • Explaining/clarifying instructions
  • Enlarged print
  • Provision of word banks and/or formula charts

Classroom accommodations include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preferential seating
  • Scribe or copies of class notes provided
  • Use of a calculator
  • Use of an electronic device
  • Use of spell-check or a dictionary
  • No deductions for spelling
  • Shortened assignments, fewer problems and extended time

 

 

Can my student participate in sports and other extracurricular activities?

YES, all students are encouraged to participate. We schedule students’ sports and extracurricular activities after tutorials. (Learning for Success Program students are required to attend tutorials from 3–4 p.m., Monday–Thursday.)

 

Will my student be in classes with students who are not part of the Learning for Success Program?

Students participating in the Learning for Success Program are enrolled in the same classes as all other students with the exception of our Academic Strategies I and II classes, which are reserved for Learning for Success Program students only.

 

Is there a stigma attached to this program? How do other students feel about students in the Learning for Success Program?

There is no stigma attached to this program. All students learn in different ways and there is no “wrong” way to learn. Pride of ownership of one’s own learning is taught and practiced daily at St. Pius X High School. We respect all individuals. Each student can learn, and each can make a positive difference.