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Academics

Students with Disabilities 

Upper School Policy

General Information

  • Iona Preparatory School supports students who need limited accommodations to be successful in a college preparatory high school.
  • Students and parents must realize that accommodations supported in the middle school do not automatically carry over to Iona Prep.
  • Iona Prep does not create IEPs or 504s.  However, the school may use information from previous documents (IEPs, 504s, medical documentation, etc) to inform the creation of an Iona Prep Accommodation Plan.
  • Documented curriculum modifications are not honored by Iona Prep. 
  • A documented language exemption modification may be honored at the discretion of the Iona Prep Administration.

Documented Classroom Accommodations Honored at Iona Prep

  • Preferential seating
  • Copy of class notes
  • Use of laptops/tablets for note taking purposes
  • Repeating of directions
  • Increased wait time for verbal responses  
  • Refocusing/redirection
  • Bathroom breaks as needed
  • Access to school nurse
  • Audio amplification devices 
  • Use of calculator

 Documented Testing Accommodations Honored at Iona Prep

  • Extended time 1.5 and 2.0 for mid-term and final exams
  • Alternate exam location for mid-term and final exams
  • Use of a laptop for midterm and final exams
  • Large print for mid-term and final exams
  • Bubble Sheet Exempt - record answers on classroom tests, mid-terms and finals
  • Bathroom breaks as needed
  • Access to school nurse

 Special Education Services Available at Iona Prep

  • Resource room services are available after meeting the criteria set by the New Rochelle Committee on Special Education.  Contact must be made by June 1st for these potential services to be implemented by September. Iona Prep does not make a determination regarding resource room placement.  The staffing is provided by the City School District if New Rochelle, therefore Iona Prep cannot guarantee a student's placement in Resource Room on campus.

 Process for Requesting Accommodations

  • Requests for accommodations will be considered after Iona Prep has received an evaluation (IEP, 504 or private evaluation) which is supported by norm-based educational and psychological testing.  Evaluations should be current (completed within the past 3 years) and Iona Prep should have access to the evaluator if requested.
  • Incoming freshmen requesting accommodations should submit documentation by April 1st to the Director of School Counseling for review.
  • Current Iona Prep students who are requesting accommodations should submit documentation to their school counselor for review.
  • Parents will be contacted for a meeting to discuss accommodations.

Timeline for Applicants Seeking Accommodations
  • Oct 6th - TACHS Eligibility Form due to TACHS exam office (if requesting additional time on TACHS exam).
  • Dec 1st - Iona Prep Application deadline due.  Be sure to indicate the type of evaluation the student had on file in middle/grammar school under "Special Considerations" area of application.
  • April 1st - Outreach to families. Email sent to parents that indicated the existence of previous IEP, 504 or private evaluation on application. This email will direct families to fill out a form so school counselors may set up an interview with parents in April/May.  This meeting can potentially create an Iona Prep Accommodation Plan for September.
  • June 1st - Deadline for seeking services from New Rochelle. Resource room services are available after meeting the criteria set by the New Rochelle Committee on Special Education.  Contact must be made by this deadline for these potential services to be implemented by September. Iona Prep does not make a determination regarding resource room placement.
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*NOTE

The presence of an IEP, 504 or private evaluation does not automatically guarantee accommodations.  Iona Prep will carefully review all relevant information to determine if the learning disability or medical condition has a significant impact on a student’s learning and performance.  If a determination is made to support accommodations, the school counselor will share that information with the student, his parents and teachers via an Iona Prep Accommodation Plan.

Please note that decisions regarding accommodations for college entrance exam testing and AP exam testing are not made by Iona Prep.  The College Board and ACT make their own decisions regarding testing accommodations and have a rigorous process that demands updated testing (psychological, academic, medical, etc.) be submitted to them two months in advance of the test date. The school counselor will assist parents and students in attempting to secure testing accommodations from these companies only after parents offer consent.