In alignment with the mission of The Bolles School, Learning Support Services supports the Bolles community by providing access to individual and small group assistance, strategies for learning success, and accommodations.
The learning specialists implement accommodations based on, among other things, psychoeducational testing, input from the classroom teachers, and the individual needs of the student.
Permanent approved accommodations require a psychoeducational evaluation from a psychologist or psychiatrist completed within the last three to five years. The learning specialists may require updated testing once a student reaches age 16.
Provisional accommodations require recommendations from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, IEP or 504 Plan, to be reviewed annually. Provisional accommodations may be approved at the discretion of the learning specialists in consultation with the campus heads. To best meet with needs of our students, the learning specialists may require a current evaluation and documentation.
Learning Support Services provides information, strategies and support to students with diagnosed learning disabilities, to students not performing as expected within the Bolles academic framework, to teachers, and to parents.
Use of text-to-speech software to read aloud tests
Spelling exemption: Spelling is graded only if spelling is the stated objective of the assessment
Use of dictation software
Use of a four-function calculator: Calculator use may not be permitted when the purpose of the assessment is purely computational.
Bolles Learning Specialists
The learning specialists are dedicated to supporting the academic success of all students. Students and learning specialists develop strong, collaborative relationships through positive, confidential communication. Learning specialists create a supportive environment and encourage students to share their accomplishments, pursue their dreams, and to seek assistance in overcoming barriers to success. Learning specialists are available at all campuses, for lower, middle, and upper school students.
Learning specialists provide students with individualized and small group assistance, including but not limited to, educational planning, testing accommodations, time management, and organizational skills. A resource to parents, the learning specialists respond to questions and concerns, and work with families to address the students’ needs. Learning specialists collaborate with faculty and administration on best practices.