Learning Differences / Academic Resource Center
Bishop Feehan & Learning Differences (Special needs, IEPs, etc.)
Bishop Feehan serves many, many different types of learners. It is a myth that only one type of learner can succeed (or be accepted) at Feehan. Below we will share with you the powerful academic, curricular, cultural and personal supports that allow so many students to thrive so well at our school.
That said, we also know that there are students whose learning needs likely will not be met best at Feehan.
We believe strongly that our professional responsibility is to explore every student application carefully and communicate clearly with families on whether Feehan is a place where each student can be best-served. We take this responsibility especially seriously when a student has an IEP, 504 or an identified learning difference. Open, two-way communication between families, our admissions staff and our academic staff is the heart of our process for ensuring that Feehan can serve all of our students well.
Our most important take-away: if you aren’t sure if Feehan can support your child with learning differences well, reach out to us, apply for admission and let our expert academic staff help you make that assessment. In recent years, more than two-thirds of such applicants have been accepted, and – more importantly – those students are succeeding at Feehan.
We are immensely proud of how we support all of our learners at Feehan.
The most important element of our process is a philosophy that believes in, challenges and supports all of our students to reach their full potential. Our experience confirms that high expectations, effort-based emphasis, finely tuned curricular levels (with freedom to move), and mission-driven teaching offer what is best for all of Feehan’s learners.
Terrific teachers who go above and beyond for their students is key to the student’s success, as well.
And we do so much more, especially for our learners who need extra help:
- Trained guidance counselors who serve as a first point of contact for a successful academic path.
- Personal attention from administration and our adjustment counseling office to quickly identify students that may have struggles requiring escalated supports.
- Teachers who are available for personalized extra help before, during and after-school.
- A comprehensive and fluid leveling process (we offer more academic levels than nearly all of our peer schools) that allows us to match levels to abilities on a per-subject and per-student basis.
- A full-time Learning Specialist in our Academic Resource Center whose sole role is to provide extra support to students assigned to her for short- or long-term assistance. The ARC is especially equipped to provide additional assistance for:
- time management
- study skills
- goal setting
- test prep and test taking skills
A word on some things we do not do:
- Feehan does not strictly follow any or all IEP or 504 plans. This is why it is so important that we have open communication during the admission process. We have strong, proven-successful supports, but examples of things we do not offer at Feehan include:
- Untimed tests or extended-time Feehan assessments.
- In-class staff aides
- Opting out of required courses.
Students with Learning Differences who Succeed at Feehan