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Academic Support Team

Carol Guthrie
Director of Academic Support
Ext. 235
 
Lisis Alvarez
English Support Teacher
 
 
Debra Schuster
Math Support Teacher
 
 
Mary Pryor
Learning Strategies Teacher
 
 
 

 

Robyn Baltar
Testing Center Coordinator
Ext: 278

Loida Bass
Science Support Teacher
 
 
Theresa DePrinzio
Learning Strategies Teacher
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Our Vision

 
Bishop Moore Catholic High School recognizes each student as a unique individual created in the image of God.  The Academic Support Team works collaboratively with parents, students,  faculty and staff to provide students with the support and resources needed to be successful students and become self-advocates. 
 
 
 

Our Program

 
The Academic Support Program at BMCHS is designed to support students with learning challenges or a documented disability.  Academic support is available for all BMCHS students, however, only students meeting eligibility criteria receive accommodations. 
 
 
 

Support Available

  • Learning Strategies, Learning Lab and Intensive Math Electives 
  • Co-Teachers in designated science, math, and English classrooms
  • Academic Support Plans indicating accommodations for students with documented disabilities
  • Access to subject area teachers and academic support teachers during the 9th hour
  • Peer tutoring and academic coaching
  • Social Skills Program
 
 

Available Accommodations

 
BMCHS provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities.  Accommodations are based on documentation, available resources, and the Academic Support Teams recommendations.  BMCHS however, is not obligated to follow the objectives nor provide all services indicted on documentation provided.   Students are expected to abide by the guidelines established in the Student Handbook and meet the graduation requirements for a Florida State High School Diploma. 
 
Academic Support Plans indicating reasonable instructional and testing accommodations are available for eligible students.  Examples of available accommodations include:
  • Extended time for testing
  • Preferential seating
  • Use of Assistive technology
  • Assistance with notes
  • Testing in an alternative setting
 
*SAT and ACT accommodations are not school-based decisions.  Requesting accommodations for these tests involves a separate process and goes through the Guidance Department. 
 
 
 

Documentation Guidelines

 
BMCHS follows the documentation guidelines established by the College Board
  • Documentation must state the specific disability as diagnosed by an appropriate professional and be current (3-5 Years).
  • Information presented must be educationally relevant, describe functional limitations, and include recommendations.
  • Documentation may be in the form of an IEP, service plan, private psychoeducational evaluation, or a 504 plan.
 
 
 

Helpful Apps and Websites

Free access to audiobooks for eligible students http://www.bookshare.org

A comprehensive website offering resources and strategies for students and parents. www.understood.org

Free expert-created content and resources for every subject and level.  www.khanacademy.org

A Reading productivity tool to help summarize texts www.summarizethis.com

A program for assistance with the writing process. www.grammarly.com

Learning tools including flashcards and practice tests. www.quizlet.com

A visual learning and thinking APP for IPad and iPhones.  www.inspiration.com

Math APP to help interpret problems and math content.  www.photomath.net

APP for easy note-taking on the IPad.  Available at the APP store.

Website offering tips and strategies to overcome test anxiety.  www.studygs.net

 

 

Parent Resources

 
Orange County Public Schools
Non-Public Services
3909 S. Summerlin Ave
Orlando, FL 32806
407-317-3900
 
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
 
Resources for information about all types of learning challenges
 
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network - Navigating College
 
Learning Disabilities of America
 
ADDitude Magazine - Inside the ADHD mind
 
ADHD specialists, products, and services
 
Child Mind Institute - Information about common concerns many families share
 
A resource for students going to college with disabilities