The Learning Support Department serves the Upper School by providing support to the diverse learning needs of students and guidance to families and faculty on a wide range of topics including learning differences, giftedness, stress and anxiety and adolescent development. Additionally, we assist students and faculty with classroom and testing accommodations, tutor referrals and academic support/recovery plans for students with or needing psycho-educational evaluations.
For information about about Woodward Academy school accommodations, College Board and ACT accommodations and tutoring, please select the appropriate option below.
If you believe that your child would benefit from having the aforementioned accommodations, please speak to the Upper School’s Accommodations Coordinator for information on the steps to begin this process.
A current (within 5 years) psycho-educational evaluation verifying the need for accommodations must be endorsed by the Woodward Academy Upper School’s Accommodations Coordinator.
The appropriate Woodward Academy personnel will create the Official Accommodation Form. This form will be shared with parents for their approval. As soon as the documentation is approved, the student will be given the official form and will be required to obtain the appropriate signatures. Once all the required signatures are on the form, the student will receive a copy, which they will show each teacher to initiate a conversation about the students’ specific needs. The teachers will sign the Receipt of Accommodations form, indicating that the student has completed the process appropriately.
The approved accommodations will go into effect within two days after the form has been presented to the classroom teacher. The accommodation form and the Receipt of Accommodations form must be submitted to teachers prior to the semester exam or testing period in order to be effective during exams.
At all times the student must assume as much responsibility as is feasible for implementing the approved accommodations such as advocating for extended time, providing his/her own tape recorder, etc.
Students with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations when taking the SAT and other College Board tests. Some available accommodations are extended time, extra and extended breaks, and read aloud and visual impairment accommodations. Students who wish to apply for accommodations with The College Board must have received the same accommodations at Woodward for at least four months.
- Start Early.
- It can take up to 7 weeks for accommodations to be approved. If you plan to take the SAT in October, for instance, talk to your school Accommodations Coordinator to start the process in the spring of the previous school year—well before summer break. See the SSD calendar for all test dates and deadlines.
- Register for the SAT with Accommodations
- Once you’re approved for accommodations, you will receive a seven-digit SSD Eligibility Code. You'll be asked to enter this code when you register for the SAT online.
- Have You Taken Other College Board Tests?
- If the College Board has already approved you to take the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams with accommodations, you don’t need to make another request.
- Psychological testing must be current within 5 years when requesting accommodations from the College Board for PSAT/SAT/AP testing.
- Parent provides Woodward’s SSD Coordinator, Kendra Clemons, with the most up-to-date testing.
- Parent completes College Board Consent form here.
- Mrs. Clemons proceeds with the steps necessary. AUGUST 15, 2020 is the last possible day to complete steps 1-3 for the October 2020 PSAT.
- College Board will review documentation for accommodations if it is submitted seven weeks prior to the testing postmark deadline; however, if College Board requires additional documentation after that review, College Board can take another seven weeks, and the student will likely not have accommodations until the next testing.
- College Board provides the school and parents a positive or negative response. If the response is positive, the student SSD number and specific accommodations are kept in the Woodward records, but parents and students should also keep their copy available. Students are to provide the test center staff a copy of the granted documentation at each Saturday testing. It is not needed at the in-school PSAT. If the response is negative, parents can speak with Ms. Clemons about the appeal process.
The PSAT is given to all 9th, 10th and 11th graders in mid-October. Woodward automatically registers your student for the test, but if you want accommodations you must apply for them at least six to eight weeks before the test. Students under 18 who have been granted accommodations, must use all of their accommodations on the PSAT unless the testing administrator receives a letter from the student’s parent by October 1st of each year exempting the use of the accommodations.
Detailed registration instructions are below:
Requesting Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports
All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the late registration deadline through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system.
- Register for the ACT test
- Indicate need for accommodations and/or English learner supports
- Select the type of accommodation and/or English learner supports you need
2. Upon completion of your registration, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to work with your school to submit a request. Forward this email to your school official email@example.com.
3. Your school official will submit your request to ACT. ACT will review the request and email the Decision Notification to your school official. Your school official should contact you within two weeks of submitting your request.
Note: The basic fees and registration deadlines for testing with accommodations and/or English learner supports are the same. Find upcoming test dates and deadlines on the Registration page.
All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by your school official by the published late registration deadlines for your preferred test date.Accommodations Checklist (PDF)
Class of 2021 and beyond, please take note of an important update from ACT that will take effect, beginning September 2020.
Woodward Academy maintains a tutor referral list of private, for hire tutors that families can contract directly with for additional academic support. Tutors on the list have been interviewed by the Learning Support department to confirm their qualifications and suitability for working with students and have passed the Criminal Background Checks. Some tutors are available to come to campus to work with students during a study hall/ learning support class, lunch period or after school while others will travel to meet with the student at their home or other location and others provide tutoring at a specific location that the student would need to travel to. If a student is working with a tutor who is not on our referral list and want the tutor to work with them at Woodward Academy, the tutor must have cleared our background check process before they can work on campus. Tutors should sign in as visitors at the front desk before every meeting.
The Learning Support department can work with students and families to help determine which tutors might be a better fit based on the students goals or learning profile but families are ultimately responsible for selecting and hiring the tutor to work with their student. Our referral list does not include tutor fees as those are subject to change without our knowledge, but our referral list includes a range of tutor experiences and the fees typically range anywhere from $30/hr to $125/hr for experienced tutors with specialized skills.
After School Study Hall
SUPERVISED AFTER SCHOOL STUDY HALL BEGINS AUGUST 17, 2020
Drop in homework support in a quiet work space. Students cans ask for help on their assignments but should not expect 1-1 tutorial support.
WHO: OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS 9-12TH. NO SIGN UP NECESSARY
WHEN: Monday-Friday 3:15-5PM
WHERE: The Learning Center W200