The Student Support Center, located in the Learning Commons, provides academic support for all students. Staffed full-time by two learning resource specialists, the SSC is a place where students receive direct strategy instruction in study skills, time management and academic independence. Our learning specialists also facilitate access to peer tutoring, classroom review sessions and our after school science and math support services. The SSC is open to any student on a drop-in basis or by appointment. 

In addition to these services, the math and science departments have after-school support centers staffed by our teachers. Students are able to attend the math and science support centers to receive one-on-one assistance. 

Our California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Members also serve as our peer tutors on campus. CSF members must maintain a high grade point average each semester and have mastered the courses they are tutoring in. Our tutors are required to participate in mandatory training programs. These students provide one-on-one tutoring for all students.

Services for Students with Learning or Mental Health Needs

Notre Dame is committed to providing accommodations for students who have a diagnosed disability or mental health needs. Notre Dame has two full-time learning resource specialists who works closely with students, parents, teachers and the counselors to develop and implement accommodations that will help students access the curriculum and achieve success. 
Who is eligible to receive accommodations?
Any student with a documented learning disability or diagnosed mental health need that impacts learning is able to receive accommodations.
What kind of documentation do you require?

Reasonable academic accommodations may be provided to students with documentation of a disability in the areas of medical, physical, mental health, attention-deficit, and learning. Academic accommodations are intended to provide students equal access to Notre Dame's rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and to maximize their potential for academic and personal success. Documentation must include a formal educational-psychological evaluation, with both cognitive and academic assessments, must state a clear diagnosis of a learning disability using DSM-V criteria, and must contain a list of recommended accommodations. Our requirements align with the requirements to receive accommodations on standardized exams and for college.  Evaluations must be no more than three years old. Parents should contact Katie Hogan about specific procedures and documentation requirements at khogan@ndsj.org  

My daughter has a diagnosis of ADHD from her doctor. Can she receive accommodations?

Diagnosis of ADHD by a medical doctor does not necessarily qualify as a learning disability. To receive accommodations, you must submit a letter from the diagnosing doctor indicating when the diagnosis was made, what assessment methods were used to diagnose , what treatments have been used, and recommended accommodations.  The learning resource specialists will review this documentation before approving accommodations. Please note that in order to receive accommodations on standardized exams, students with ADD or ADHD must have a full educational-psychological evaluation. A detailed list of documentation requirements can be found here.

What is the process for receiving accommodations?
  1. Submit all documentation of a disability to the  learning resource specialists.
  2. A learning resource specialist will review the documentation and arrange a meeting with you,  your daughter, and your daughter’s counselor to discuss your daughter’s needs, appropriate accommodations, and additional supports. A formal accommodation plan may be written during this meeting.
  3. The plan is distributed to your daughter’s teachers by the learning resource specialist.
What types of accommodations do you provide?

Accommodations are tailored to the student’s individual needs. Accommodations are provided to support student access to content, providing an optimal classroom environment and on assessments. 

Can my daughter receive extended time on her High School Placement Test?

Yes, if she has a documented disability. Please submit a written request along with documentation to the admissions office.

Procedures for Requesting Accommodations on Standardized Exams

Accommodations for the PSAT, SAT and AP Exams

Accommodations are available for the PSAT, SAT and AP Exams only for students who have a diagnosed learning disability, physical impairment, or mental health need. Students who have a diagnosis of ADHD are only eligible for accommodations if they have had a full educational-psychological evaluation that re-confirms the diagnosis and its impact on test-taking. The school’s learning resource specialist will initiate the process for accommodation requests in the spring of freshman year. 

Accommodations are also available for the ACT exam. Parents must first register their daughter for a test before the Learning Resource Specialist can request accommodations. Please see the ACT website for important deadlines for requesting accommodations.

Make-up Testing Procedures
  1. Make-up testing is for tests only. You must make individual arrangements with your teacher if you’ve missed a quiz.
  2. Tests must be made up during your first available free block.
  3. If you don’t have a free block, you may make up your test in the morning from 7:00-7:45 Monday through Friday, or after school from 3:00-4:15 Monday through Friday.
  4. ALL make up tests, whether taken during your free block, before, or after school, must be scheduled in advance through You Can Book Me
  5. Make up tests take place in the Learning Commons. Check in with the Learning Commons office to receive your test.
  6. Tests will not be given out to students who have not scheduled tests in advance. 
  7. Tests will not be given out to students if the deadline for the test has passed. Please see your teacher if the deadline has passed.

Summer School Support

Notre Dame offers summer classes for incoming freshmen who require extra support in algebra, language arts and study skills. The classes are taught by Notre Dame teachers and focus on building basic skills to set the students up for a successful first year. 
About Notre Dame

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