Educational Services and Accommodations
Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about Cheshire Academy’s educational services.
To meet the needs of a wide range of learners, including those with learning disabilities or other exceptionalities, Cheshire Academy provides accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
How can a student receive accommodations at Cheshire Academy?
To receive accommodations, documentation must be provided from a qualified learning specialist, psychologist, or medical provider that indicates a physical or mental disability that substantially limits a major life function such as concentration, learning, or health-related impairments.
The documentation should be current, typically within the past three years, in describing the impact of the disability on student learning and should demonstrate a link between functional limitations and requested accommodations.
Does Cheshire Academy provide testing for learning disabilities or ADHD?
Cheshire Academy does not conduct formal evaluations or testing for the identification or reevaluation of learning disabilities, ADHD, or other exceptionalities. The director of the Roxbury Academic Support Program can provide more information as well as a list of private evaluators.
How does the accommodations process work at Cheshire Academy?
Learning accommodation plans are developed for eligible students and reviewed with teachers, advisors, students, and families by the director of the Roxbury Academic Support Program. Accommodations for each student that can be provided by Cheshire Academy are determined based on their unique profile of strengths and areas of challenge
How can a student receive accommodations on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT?
Cheshire Academy facilitates the application for accommodations on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT for eligible students. More specific information regarding documentation guidelines for standardized testing is detailed by ACT and College Board. The director of the Roxbury Academic Support Program contacts families for permission to apply for accommodations, advises students and their families of the various deadlines and options for each type of test, and obtains documentation from families as needed to support the requested accommodations.
A student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at their public school. Will they have an IEP at Cheshire Academy?
Cheshire Academy does not provide special education services or implement goals and objectives on IEPs. However, a personalized and collaborative approach to designing a students’ academic plan, reasonable accommodations, academic advising, designated extra help blocks, writing lab, math lab, and supplemental academic coaching support a range of learning needs. We work to help all our students develop skills and strategies necessary for success at Cheshire Academy and beyond.