Students with learning differences and their families deserve access to a Catholic middle and secondary education with full support for their unique learning needs. The S.E.A.L. Foundation: Pathways Approach Program is rooted in the Church’s mission to serve a diverse population and the conviction that education should be accessible to all children. The Pathways Approach Program integrates and provides the necessary support for young people to flourish and thrive as they prepare to excel in their academic, emotional, physical and spiritual development.
The Pathways Approach Program offers small group and one-on-one support to provide students with:
- Tools to access the curriculum
- Classroom accommodations and modifications of the curriculum
- Access to an Orton Gillingham-trained teacher for reading support
Students must qualify to receive services through the Pathways Approach Program by submitting an application for acceptance. A current evaluation, within the last two years from the date of application, must demonstrate a diagnosis in one of the following areas: Dyslexia, High Functioning Autism Spectrum, Executive Functioning, Dysgraphia, Language Processing, Written Expression, Dyscalculia (Math), Non-Verbal Learning Difference or ADD. All relevant testing, including IEPs and accommodation plans, should be submitted with the application. An active IEP is not a requirement for the program, but all families are encouraged to obtain and maintain an active IEP. Each participant will receive a services plan developed by the school.
The Pathways Approach Program does not have the resources at this time to help students with disruptive behaviors, oppositional defiant disorder, and personality or psychotic disorders, or very complex learning profiles. We look for capable students who need to have specialized support for learning acquisition.
All applications are reviewed by the appropriate school personnel including, but not limited to, the Principal, Vice Principals and Director of Special Education. The school reviews each application individually to ascertain if the student is a fit for the program and how to best meet their needs.
Students in the program receive direct services and support from special education teachers. Students are fully integrated into the academic and co-curricular life of the school. They are placed in Bishop Connolly’s Advanced Placement, Honors or College Preparatory courses according to their abilities. The program’s special education teachers work collaboratively with classroom teachers and academic leadership to appropriately place students and ensure supportive accommodations.
A waiver of the World Language requirement for graduation will be granted if specified in the student’s evaluation and underlying diagnosis.
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Program participants are not required, but are encouraged to obtain or maintain an active IEP obtained through the public district of residence or the local school district. The IEP qualifies the student to receive additional services via federal proportionate share funding. The additional services provided supplement the support received from the program.