Educational Support Program
- Jon Peterson and Autism Provider
- Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
- The Inclusive Education Approach
- Special Education Services / Accommodation Plans
- Cost of Services Funding Special Education Services
- Addtional Questions / Contact Information
Jon Peterson and Autism Provider
The Scholarship Coordinator coordinates the development of the IEP each year with the local school district, parents and St. Xavier educators, handling scholarship paperwork and serving as a resource for parents. In addition, the Scholarship Coordinator maintains compliance with each student’s district of residence. She works with the IEP Team to ensure that annual reviews are conducted on time, and she may represent the Finneytown Local School District at annual review meetings.
St. Xavier High School is a provider for the Ohio Department of Education’s Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarship Programs. Our Catholic school offers an inclusive general education environment designed to meet your child’s needs. Students needing special education services in grades 9 through 12 receive accommodations in the general education classroom while their Direct, specialized, Instruction will be addressed in the Educational Support Bell that is dedicated to students on IEPs. With a combination of the scholarships, tuition, federal funds, and state funds, we attempt to provide students with many of the services typically provided by the public schools. Currently, we have three full time Intervention Specialists and one full time Speech and Language Therapist employed by St. Xavier High School. We are also able to contract specialists on an as needed basis to provide OT, PT, Hearing Impaired support, etc.
Our goal is that students with IEP’s are successful in the rigorous academic programming at St. Xavier and they are fully prepared to enter a post-secondary college or career of their choice. At St. Xavier, we foster independence, self-advocacy, and life-long learning. We want to ensure a well-rounded education that promotes academics as well as spiritual, physical, and social development.
Please note: St. Xavier High School cannot serve every student who has special needs. Applying students will be reviewed by a screening committee of educational professionals to ensure the student is able to be successful at St. Xavier High School. The disabilities identified under IDEA for which St. X currently provides services are the following: Specific Learning Disability, Other Health Impaired-minor, Autism, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, and Orthopedically Impaired. Students are expected to meet the same requirements as their peers for entrance to St. Xavier High School. We do not modify curriculum. Also, St. Xavier reserves the right to determine which accommodations are appropriate to provide the student during their time at our high school.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
St. Xavier High School recognizes that some student experience academic difficulties due to a learning disorders, attention issues, or other learning challenges. In some cases, students may require an Accommodation Plan and/or support from a specialist. Accommodations that can be implemented within the regular classroom environment (e.g. extended time on classroom tests/quizzes/exams, preferential seating, physical needs assistance) will be considered.
In effort to facilitate the process, St. Xavier requests all relevant documentation about your son be sent to St. Xavier High School. Documentation should include both of the following:
- The 8th grade Accommodation Plan and/or the 8th grade ISP or IEP
- A current Evaluation should include:
- Identification of the specific disability (according to the DSM-V).
- A current evaluation (completed within the last three years & include both IQ testing and Achievement Testing).
- Description of presenting problem(s) and developmental history, including relevant education and medical history.
- Description of the comprehensive testing, and, as appropriate, complete ocular, audiologic, or other diagnostic exam.
- Description of the substantial limitations (e.g. adverse effects on learning, academic achievement, or other major life activities) resulting from the impairment, as supported by test results.
- Description of the specific recommended accommodations and provides rational explaining how these specific accommodations address the substantial limitations.
- Establishes the professional credentials of the evaluator(s), including information about licensure or certification, education and area of specialization, along with their signature(s).
The Inclusive Education Approach
Our team works collaboratively. Together, teachers utilize evidence-based practices to make sure that academic and social skills are supported in all environments. They communicate regularly to share progress towards meeting goals and work together to solve problems students may encounter. Teams often include teachers, administrators, coaches, staff, and school counselors. This approach allows for generalization of any skill that we are teaching to our students.
Special Education Services / Accommodation Plans
The special education staff at St. Xavier High School supports the students and general educators with a variety of services.
Our staff and intervention specialists are highly trained in meeting the needs of students’ special education needs. We consult with you to make the most beneficial changes that will produce maximum results in learning. Accommodations are strategies to enable the student to participate in the regular education classroom as independently as possible. Accommodations do not change the breadth and objectives for learning, merely how the student will take in the information or the response.
The following is a partial list of possible accommodations:
- extended time (50% extra) on classroom tests, quizzes, and exams.
- four function calculator
- breaks as needed for medical reasons
- audio books
- tests read out-loud
- use of technology for written assignments
- preferential seating
Intervention specialist(s) work with all students in grades 9-12. We have developed an Educational Support Program(ESP) through which we support your son’s needs. Services may be provided in the general classroom or in a resource room outside of the classroom. This typically addresses the need for a quiet environment for your son to study.
Speech and Language
Our licensed and highly trained speech/language pathologist provides therapy in the classroom both in small groups and individually. Research-based therapy techniques are used and data is collected to monitor student progress. Areas addressed in therapy include those goals outlined on your son’s IEP. The speech/language pathologist will work collaboratively with all teachers and parents to develop and implement strategies that will benefit the student.
St. Xavier will work with Hamilton County Educational Service Center to hire consultants that are needed as outlined on a child’s IEP. This could include services in the following areas: OT, PT, Hearing Impaired, Vision Impaired, Orientation and Mobility, and Paraprofessional Services
Cost of Services Funding Special Education Services
St. Xavier High School is a provider of services for both the Jon Peterson and AutismScholarship Programs which is offered by the state of Ohio. All special education students who have been offered an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) by their local school district may apply for a Peterson or AutismScholarship and use those funds to pay for services at the provider of their choice.
It is the policy of St. Xavier that students participating in these scholarships allocate the amount of money charged for services to St. Xavier High School in order to cover the cost of services. In the event that the cost of services exceeds the amount of the scholarship, St. Xavier High School will make every effort to secure supplementary funds to cover the balance. Scholarship amounts are determined by the special education identification of the student as determined by the most recent ETR (Evaluation Team Report). Parents are responsible for costs of services not identified in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
The total for special education students will be the general tuition, plus the Inclusive Classroom Environment Fee plus hourly billing for the cost of special education services. Jon Peterson andAutismmoney does not pay down the tuition. There is financial aid available through St. Xavier to help families with the cost of tuition.
Addtional Questions / Contact Information
If you have specific questions regarding special education services at St. Xavier, please contact Mrs. Michelle Yauss, Director of Intervention Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.761.7815 x309.
Questions regarding the Peterson procedures, should be directed to the Ohio Department of Education email@example.com.
Questions regarding the Autism Scholarship Program should be directed to the Ohio Department of Education 614.466.2650, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intervention Services Staff
St. Xavier High School provides multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for our students. The student’s School Counselor works collaboratively with the Learning Center faculty and staff to meet the students where they are, and provide support based on identified areas of academic need. Before a counselor recommends a student for support, the student is encouraged to communicate with their teacher for additional help in a course.
The Peer Tutoring program is an academic support program available to all St. X students. Students who need help in a particular academic area are paired with a student who has a strong understanding of that content. Students are scheduled to meet at designated times during their Free Bell or Flex. In addition, this is a great service and leadership opportunity for those students who volunteer to serve as tutors.
After School Study Tables
The Learning Center staff works with students in providing targeted academic interventions across core subject areas in addition to teaching executive function skills to help students with time management, developing good study habits, note-taking skills, and test-taking strategies. Students are assigned to the Learning Center by their School Counselor. It is indicated on their schedule, and attendance is required.
Accommodation Plans are provided based on a student’s need or disability. Upon enrollment to St. Xavier, the School Psychologist and Director of Academic Services review the provided documentation and determine which accommodations are available for that individual student. St. Xavier does not modify curriculum based on a student’s need or disability, but can provide supports to access what students need to find academic success. If a family has questions about whether a potential student’s needs can be accommodated within the rigorous curriculum at St. Xavier High School, they can
contact Ms. Lindsay King at email@example.com.
If you have specific questions regarding any of the academic services provided at St. Xavier, please contact Ms. Emily Nutley, Director of Academic Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.