A Message from the Office of Disability Services and Academic Support Center

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Transitioning from high school to a postgraduate school can present many challenges, especially for students who are accustomed to receiving accommodations and academic support. The Academic Support Center is here to support you as you navigate yourself through the world of postsecondary support services. Families usually have three main questions regarding academic support at Bridgton Academy. Those questions and their brief answers are as follows:

Can I still get classroom accommodations at Bridgton Academy and, if so, how do I get them? With a copy of recent and complete testing (within the past three years) a Bridgton Academy student may have the opportunity to receive classroom accommodations. To pursue this option, a student must submit this testing to the Academic Support Center and set up a meeting to discuss appropriate accommodations based on the recommendations indicated in this testing. While IEP and 504 plans are very helpful in this process , they alone are not enough to make a student eligible for classroom accommodations at the post-secondary level. Furthermore, it is worth noting that often support and accommodations offered in high school may not be offered or appropriate at the postsecondary level (For example, 504 plans and IEPs do not follow a student past high school.) Once a student has met with the Director of the Academic Support Center, he will receive Letters of Accommodation to give to his teachers. A student’s teachers will know nothing of his disability until the student discloses this information. Furthermore, teachers will do their best to honor these requested accommodations but do have the right to alter or deny these requests if it is felt the request may compromise the integrity of an assignment or evaluation. This process will need to be repeated during the second semester, as students will have new classes with new teachers. Please note, modifications to the curriculum are not options once a student graduates from high school.

IMG_2236Will I still get accommodations on the SAT? To receive accommodations on the SAT, a student must have an SSD number. This number needs to be shared with the Director of the Academic Support Center, so accommodations can be transferred to Bridgton Academy. The College Board categorizes Bridgton Academy as a high school, so a student’s date of graduation will need to be updated to May of 2015 to keep the approved accommodations available for another year. This update will be done by the Director of Academic Support once the SSD number is shared. If a student has not applied for an SSD number through the College Board and wishes to do so, please inform the Academic Support Center as soon as possible as this process can take up to eight weeks. To complete this application, a student will need recent, complete testing with clear recommendations of accommodations.

What academic support is available at Bridgton Academy? All students are encouraged to visit the Academic Support Center and Learning Commons for help with time management, exam preparation, organization, note-taking, reading comprehension, project planning, exam anxiety, etc. The Writing Center and Math Lab are available to all students to help with specific writing and math assignments. The Focused Academic Coaching program is a structured program for students who desire regular individual meetings with an academic coach to build academic and self-determination skills and accountability.

We are excited to meet you all in a few short weeks! Please know the team at the Academic Support Center will do all we can to help alleviate any academic struggles and support you throughout the year. The Center is warm, welcoming and always stocked with popcorn, coffee, and tea!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding academic support or Focused Academic Coaching at Bridgton Academy at 207.647.3322 x1215 or cdoughty@bridgtonacademy.org. See you soon!

Courtney Doughty
Director of the Academic Support Center

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