All students receive Tier 1 instruction with universal classroom support systems. Students who experience academic challenges within Tier 1 are referred to the Learning Support Team where staff determine eligibility for Tier 2 interventions. For students with documented medical conditions or diagnosed learning differences, staff use an evaluation process to determine eligibility for Tier 3 accommodations. Data-driven processes identify students' academic needs at all levels. Progress monitoring occurs at each level for all students.
Tier 1: Core Instruction and Universal Systems
SCA offers all students a high-quality, rigorous college preparatory curriculum in which the Universal Design for Learning Framework guides instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials to meet students’ needs in the classroom.
Tier 2: Targeted Interventions
Eligible students requiring supplemental support to Tier 1 instruction receive access to interventions that target specific areas of need. Staff make a referral to the Learning Support Team to determine eligibility. Interventions may include access to one or more of the following:
- Study guides for unit assessments
- Outlines/graphic organizers for essays
- Rubrics for lengthy projects or essays
- Word processing for lengthy written assignments
- Preferential seating
- Copy of class notes
Tier 3: Individualized Accommodations
Eligible students requiring individualized support receive accommodations in addition to Tier 1 instruction and appropriate Tier 2 interventions. In order to be considered for accommodations, an application and required documentation must be submitted to the Counseling Department. An evaluation process determines eligibility. Accommodations may include one of more of the following:
- Extended time for assessments (1.5x)
- Alternate location for assessments
- Tests read aloud