The Student Services Department and the Pathways Approach Program

St. John Paul II School meets the needs of many students with mild to moderate learning differences such as ADHD, reading, writing, and mathematics disabilities, and certain physical and emotional health challenges. The Student Services team works with students who have identified learning differences to help them achieve their highest academic potential and support their emotional and spiritual development. 

When a family applies for admission and there is documentation for a learning difference, the Director of Student Services reviews all pertinent information, including an IEP, a 504 Plan, a neuropsychological or psychological evaluation, or a medical diagnosis. The Director may meet with the family and will consult with the Admissions Director and the Assistant Heads of School to help make a decision about admission. JPII does not have the resources to accept students with complex learning profiles. Once enrolled, the Student Services Office will write an individual Student Accommodation Plan that outlines accommodations and support. If the school determines that it cannot meet a student’s needs, the school will communicate with families during the application process. 

The Student Services Director communicates regularly with families to assist them in accessing diagnostic and reevaluation services and renewing IEP’s. In addition, Student Service staff members coordinate with public school districts to complete new and updated evaluations. These services may also be provided by medical professionals or private related services providers, or psychologists.

Our Student Support Teachers offer academic support and coaching. Depending on student needs,  they may provide tutoring and support with organizational and study skills. In grades 5-8, Student Services Teachers provide regularly scheduled inclusion support in most Reading/ELA and Math classes.  The middle school Student Services Team provides a separate quiet setting and extended time for student testing, including MAP testing and term assessments. In addition, Student Services staff members provide a dedicated after-school study hall for selected students to help with homework completion and review. 

NEW for 2024-2025
The Pathways Approach Program for Grades 5 – 8

    • Through our partnership with the S.E.A.L. Foundation, we are excited to announce that we will be bringing the Pathways Approach Program to St. John Paul II School next year for middle school students. The Pathways program will provide a state-of-the-art special education program to those middle school students who need more intensive services, accommodations, and modifications to thrive, achieve, and succeed. The Pathways program will add services and will work alongside our current program of accommodations and inclusion support.

      The Pathways Approach Program will provide:
  • Participation in all IEP meetings. 
  • An onsite Special Education Teacher 
  • Access to specialized instruction, including a teacher trained in reading, writing, and math disabilities
  • Understanding of learning differences through professional development for all school staff
  • Consultation for IEP and Accommodation Plan development and implementation
  • Classroom accommodations and modifications of the curriculum tailored to student needs
  • The Pathways Approach Program will welcome students with dyslexia, executive functioning, dysgraphia, language processing or written expression disabilities, dyscalculia, and non-verbal learning differences. We will support capable students who need specialized services for learning acquisition. We do not have the resources to help students with complex learning profiles.  Students with an active IEP or recently completed Neuropsychological evaluation will be considered for this program. Students in the program will be scheduled for direct instruction in one-to-one or small-group settings. Students will be fully integrated into the academic and co-curricular life of the school. Our special education teachers will work collaboratively with classroom teachers to ensure that each child receives the instruction, accommodations, and modifications they need to reach their potential.

 

Students are provided with academic and organizational support and coaching. Students share in the development of their individual Accommodation Plans. Students have regular meetings with Student Services teachers who assist with organization, time management, and a broad range of study skills. Students may have an individual schedule for extra help with their teachers and after-school study. In addition, the Student Services Office is open at 7:30 A.M. daily and from 3-4:00 P.M. twice a week to allow students a quiet place to complete work and check-in with staff members.

Students with learning differences deserve full access to a high-quality Catholic education.  St. John Paul II School can meet the needs of many students with mild to moderate learning disabilities such as ADHD, reading and mathematics disabilities, and certain physical and emotional health challenges. Once enrolled, the Student Services Office will write an individual Student Accommodation Plan that outlines accommodations and support. Accommodation Plans also address a student’s need for self-advocacy skills and independence. If the school determines that it cannot meet a student’s needs, the school will communicate with families during the application process. 

The Student Services Office works with students who have identified learning differences to help them achieve their highest academic potential and support their emotional and spiritual development. The staff assists with organization and time management, study skills, note-taking, writing, editing, proofreading, test preparation, test-taking skills, and homework completion. Services may be scheduled for before and after school, during X-Block, and Quiet Study periods. 

The Student Services Director communicates regularly with families to assist them in accessing diagnostic and reevaluation services. In addition, Student Service staff members coordinate with public school districts to complete new and updated evaluations. These services may also be provided by medical professionals or private related services providers or psychologists. 

Students with learning differences deserve full access to high-quality Catholic middle and high school education. The Academic Support Program brings together the JPII academic team  – Principals, Assistant Principals, teachers, Guidance Director, and Academic Support Director – to help all students to achieve their academic potential. The Academic Support Program provides support for students with learning differences to excel in their academic, emotional, physical and spiritual development.

Through the Academic Support Program, JPII meets the needs of many students with mild to moderate learning differences such as ADHD, reading and mathematics disabilities, and certain physical and emotional health challenges. JPII will write an individual success plan that outlines accommodations and support. In the event that the school cannot meet a student’s needs, the academic team will communicate with families during the application process. The Academic Support Program is designed for students who, with appropriate support, can attain grade level or higher proficiency. 

Key components of the Program:

  • The Academic Support Director communicates regularly with families of students with learning differences to assist them in accessing diagnostic and reevaluation services. These services may be provided by public school districts or via private psychologists. 

  • The Academic Resource Center is open daily from 7:15 AM – 4:00 PM. Students may schedule support during study halls, before school, or after school. The staff provides assistance with organization and time management, study skills and note taking, writing, editing, proofreading, test prep and test taking skills, and homework completion.

  • For qualifying students, the Academic Support Program may provide in-class inclusion support from an academic support teacher who holds special education credentials. Inclusion services focus on reading, English and math classes but also may include science and social studies classes. The academic support teacher works with the classroom teacher to ensure accommodations are in place and foster student engagement. Individual tutoring may be arranged, also. Additionally, the academic support teacher provides a dedicated after school study hall for students with learning differences. 

Mrs. Katherine Duvall
Student Support Teacher

Mrs. Meegan Hatch
Student Support Teacher