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Learning Accommodations

The following learning accommodations have been developed by the GA Counseling Department and approved by the Heads of School.

In the spirit of one school, all three divisions offer the following standard learning provisions that may be implemented for all students:

  • Break material into chunks
  • Provide reminders to students about due dates
  • Provide study guides/practice questions/extra help as needed (via VLE in US)
  • Present directions/information in multisensory format
  • Encourage use of audiobooks
  • Invite collaboration with families/therapists/tutors
  • Provide preferential seating
  • Provide extra help as needed on occasion (students should come prepared)
  • Preview class materials via syllabi, VLE, class outlines for all students

Due to the developmental needs of students at different ages, the following division-specific learning provisions may also be offered based on divisional support team recommendations:

Lower School
  • Flexibility regarding curricular demands, on a grade-by-grade and an assignment-by-assignment basis, with the expectation that materials and/or approach may be altered while still meeting the curricular obligations of the student's grade level.
  • Assistance with organizational and study skills
  • Teacher-prepared notes and/or outlines to follow in class
  • Support services in reading and/or math in small groups delivered by GA teachers and/or Montgomery County Intermediate Unit teachers
Middle School
  • Assistance with organizational and study skills
  • Teacher-prepared notes and/or outlines to follow in class
  • Participation in Academic Support Program
  • After school study hall
Upper School
  • Assistance with organizational and study skills
  • Encouragement to use writing center and science center
  • Encouragement to use peer tutors
  • Participation in Academic Enrichment Program

In response to psycho-educational testing recommendations, all three divisions may offer the following GA-endorsed accommodations following the divisional psychologist's review of the testing report:

  • 50% extra time on in-class tests/essays/quizzes/exams when possible (Note: this does not include standardized testing unless authorized by the College Board or ACT)
  • Individual allowances for spelling difficulty for in-class writing
  • Word processing/computer use for testing

The following includes, but is not limited to, examples of psycho-educational testing recommendations that are not accommodated at Germantown Academy:

  • Changing the curriculum
    • In Lower School, there may be flexibility regarding curricular demands, on a grade-by-grade and an assignment-by-assignment basis, with the expectation that materials and/or approach may be altered while still meeting the curricular obligations of the student's grade level.
  • Sharing teacher lecture notes and outlines (unless provided to entire class)
  • Providing excessive extra help sessions (excessive need for extra help could lead to a recommendation for tutoring)
  • Audio/videorecording classes
  • Exemption from foreign language study in Midde School and Upper School

Note: All psycho-educational evaluations are housed in divisional psychologists' locked file cabinets.