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Student Academic Support

Empowering Troubies for Life

The Formal Education Plan (FEP) Program is designed to empower our young women for life at St. Francis and into college.  Students in the FEP Program are intelligent, dedicated and motivated students who have learning or attention differences and need academic support .  They participate fully in the school life at St. Francis and meet the same academic standards as their peers.  FEP students have many strengths that come from their own unique learning styles.  FEP students are athletes, leaders, performers, musicians, dancers, artist, ministry leaders, photographers and so much more.

St. Francis Formal Education Plan Program

St. Francis affirms that students with learning and/or attention differences are given the opportunity to receive a quality Catholic education in a caring environment.  The mission of the Formal Education Plan (FEP) Program is to provide appropriate support so all students can reach their own academic excellence.  The FEP program is open to students who have a documented disability and need in-class academic support.

Required Documentation

In order for a student to receive a Formal Education Plan, she is required to have the approved documentation.  St. Francis High School follows the same guidelines set by College Board and each student with a learning or attention difference must have a current (within three years)  Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a psychoeducational evaluation that includes both cognitive ability and academic achievement testing.  For a comprehensive list of approved documentation please visit : http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd/application/disabilities

Assessments for a learning difference can either be completed through your home school district or through a private licensed educational psychologist. A doctor’s note for a learning or attention difference does not qualify a student for formal interventions.

For a medical diagnosis (that does not include a learning or attention difference) the documentation and need for interventions varies.  Typically, in these cases, a note from the student’s physician is suitable.  With each case the Resource Specialist and Guidance Counselor will review the needs of the student and outline the medically diagnosed intervention.

The FEP

The Formal Education Plan (FEP) provides appropriate in-class interventions based on the unique learning styles of each student.   These needs are determined from the educational testing or medical documents submitted to the Resource Specialist and Guidance Counselor.  We encourage the full integration of our students.  When the FEP is finalized, every semester teachers will receive the confidential FEP.

For more information, please contact your daughter’s Guidance Counselor.

National Testing Accommodations

Applications for testing accommodations for College Board (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, Advanced Placement) and ACT exams are available through the Resource Coordinator.  It is the responsibility of the parent/student to make the request for standardized testing accommodations.  Requests are completed and submitted by SFHS on behalf of the student, and must be submitted within the strict application deadline dates set forth by College Board and ACT.  For more information on dates and deadlines or to request more information, please contact Evanne Torrecillas.

College Board

Students may apply for accommodations for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, and Advanced Placement exams BEFORE registering for an exam. Approved accommodations are applicable to all College Board exams. For more information, please see College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities.

If your daughter has never applied for College Board accommodations, please contact your Guidance Counselor to start the process. Then submit the College Board SSD Consent Form (at the bottom of this page) to Evanne Torrecillas

If your daughter has applied for College Board accommodations and has been denied, please contact Ms. Torrecillas and your Guidance Counselor to discuss next steps.

Deadline dates to apply for accommodations with College Board can be found on the College Board’s Accommodations Request Deadline website. 

Test Date

Deadline to Submit Consent Form to Guidance

College Board Accommodations Request Deadline

October 1, 2016

August 9, 2016

August 12, 2016

November 5, 2016

September 13, 2016

September 16, 2016

December 3, 2016

October 11, 2016

October 15, 2016

January 21, 2017

November 29, 2016

December 2, 2016

March 11, 2017

January 17, 2017

January 20, 2017

AP TESTING

February 14, 2017

February 17, 2017

May 6, 2017

March 14, 2017

March 17, 2017

June 3, 2017

April 11, 2017

April 14, 2017

ACT

Starting this school year, ACT has launched an online request system for accommodations on ACT exams. Any accommodations requests are to be submitted by the school on behalf of students. For more information, please see ACT’s Services for Students with Disabilities.

Parents, please read the following: 

If your daughter intends to take the ACT this year and you would like the school to request accommodations for her, OR if she was previously denied accommodations, please register for the ACT, then contact Evanne Torrecillas and provide the date of the exam and your daughter’s ACT ID (8 digit #). Additionally, submit the ACT Consent to Release Information form (at the bottom of this page) by signing and submitting to Ms. Torrecillas via fax, email, or hard copy.

If your daughter was granted accommodations on previous ACT exams, that approval is still valid. When registering for future ACTs, you will be prompted to indicate whether the examinee would like to utilize those accommodations. 

If your daughter was granted accommodations by ACT, but you would like the school to request additional accommodations, please contact Ms. Torrecillas and your Guidance Counselor to discuss next steps.

Deadline dates to apply for accommodations with ACT- National Based (50% extended time) and with ACT Special Testing (testing over multiple days with either standard, 50% or 100% extended time), can be found on the ACT’s Services for Examinees with Disabilities website.

Test Date

Deadline to Submit Consent Form to Guidance

ACT Request and Registration Deadline

September 10, 2016

August 1, 2016

August 5, 2016

October 22, 2016

September 9, 2016

September 16, 2016

December 10, 2016

October 28, 2016

November 4, 2016

February 11, 2017

January 4, 2017

January 13, 2017

April 8, 2017

February 24, 2017

March 3, 2017

June 10, 2017

April 28, 2017

May 5, 2017

Student Advocacy

The FEP program values student advocacy.  It is a goal for every student to grow their ability to communicate their needs and use their accommodations in each class and with each teacher.   We recognize that students with learning differences may struggle with self-advocacy skills.  The Resource Specialist and the Class Counselor will work with students to develop advocacy skills to prepare them for college.

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

Interventions

Interventions for each student vary based on the individual learning differences.  Student interventions may include:

  • Extended time on tests (50% to 100%)
  • Separate testing location for finals
  • Modification of “no scantron” on tests
  • Large block (16+ point font) on tests
  • Preferential seating
  • Peer note taker
  • Access to teacher lecture notes or PowerPoint presentations
  • Leniency on spelling and grammar errors
  • Student excused from reading out loud in class
  • Recording lectures
  • Typing essay portion of exams
  • Calculator for math tests
  • Provide nutritional/restroom breaks
  • Provide contact for audio books

Parents Education Network (PEN)

Parents Education Network (PEN) is a non profit organization in Sacramento.  PEN is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.

St. Francis is involved with PEN through their monthly meetings.  They are a valuable resource to our community and we encourage all families to visit their website: http://pen-sacramento.org/

Questions about FEP? Please contact:

To start the FEP Process: Your Class Guidance Counselor

For Testing Accommodations: Evanne Torrecillas, Registrar
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00-4:30 
P 916.737.5034, F 916.452.1828

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