For accommodations to be granted (extended time, preferential seating, etc.) families must provide to Academic Resource Center an evaluation prepared within the last four years (2014) by a qualified professional that states the specific need for accommodations.
For the evaluation to be considered and/or granted it must: state the age of onset; the specific disability as diagnosed by the evaluator; provide a thorough educational, developmental, and relevant medical history; describe the tests and techniques that were used to arrive at the diagnosis; establish the professional credentials of the evaluator; and describe the specific accommodations recommended, such as extended time, stating why the disability qualifies the student for such consideration.
The following tests are commonly used to measure a student's academic skills in timed settings (the edition current at the time of testing should be used):
- Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
- Nelson-Denny Reading Test
- Test of Written Language
- Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests
- Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement
- Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults
Once this documentation and the accommodation request form are received, a committee consisting of the Director of Academic Resources, Academic Dean, and Guidance Counselor will review the documentation to determine if accommodations are necessary and can be reasonably provided at BC High.
Please note that accommodations at one’s previous school do not guarantee that BC High will necessarily honor or provide the same accommodations. BC High uses a team approach in making accommodation determinations, taking into consideration the resources we have available to our student body.
To request accommodations please fill out the online application, located on the Academic Resource Center Portal page, and submit appropriate documentation to:
Mr. Stephen McKiernan
Director of Academic Resources
Boston College High School
150 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125.
All reports will be held in the strictest confidence and will be reviewed only by the Director of Academic Resources, Academic Dean, and the student’s Guidance Counselor. Families will be notified of the accommodation decision after the report is reviewed.
Please contact the Academic Resource Center at 617.474.5041, if you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance.