McNicholas is proud to offer the S.A.I.L. Program (Support and Accommodations for Identified Learners), which addresses the needs of identified students, helping them to cope with learning in the high school environment. Each student learns differently, and there are those students who have such a unique way of learning that they need special support. This service helps these students to stay on track so that their efforts will more clearly reflect their ability. S.A.I.L. exemplifies the school’s commitment to caring for the whole person and devising learning conditions for maximum achievement by each individual student in the program.
The emphasis of the S.A.I.L. Program is to provide for the individual learning difference and learning styles of the student by teaching to his/her strengths while working with the student’s challenges. The student develops an understanding of his/her strengths, learning styles, as well as individual rights and responsibilities. Students in the S.A.I.L. Program are mainstreamed into the college preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement classes. The accommodations and services include, but are not exclusive to, tutoring, coursework support, Kurzweil reader, extended testing time, word banks, weekly progress reports, scribes, and tests read by the S.A.I.L. teacher.
The objectives of the S.A.I.L. Program include the following:
What is an identified learner?
An identified learner is someone who through testing and evaluation by a school psychologist has discovered one or more distinct challenges that interfere with learning. Some common challengers are dyslexia, verbal processing disorder, written language disorders, and dysgraphia. At times, there are several challenges that occur all at once, or that cannot be categorized so specifically. The S.A.I.L. Program uses a variety of strategies to minimize the difficulties that are identified in students.
In order for a student to be admitted to the S.A.I.L. Program, there is an application process and the student must meet the following criteria:
Parents interested in the S.A.I.L. Program for the 2013-2014 school year should download and print an Application for Admissions to the S.A.I.L. Program. The application, fee, and all required forms are due November 9, 2012. An interdisciplinary team of McNicholas counselors, administrators, and Learning Disabilities Specialists will evaluate the student’s records. It will be determined if the optimum learning environment for the student is within our fully mainstreamed curriculum with tutorial support.
Tutorial Time and Costs
The S.A.I.L. Program size is limited. Class size will not exceed 3 students per bell. Each student will meet the specialist for five periods per week for thirty-six weeks for a total of 180 periods or 150 hours. Currently, the added cost for the S.A.I.L. Program for the 2012-13 school year is $1800. (Subject to change.) A non-refundable $50 deposit is required before the application will be reviewed. (This fee is waived for current McNicholas student applying to the Program)
Role of the Specialist
The LD specialist is the tutor and case manager for each student. The specialist acts as a liaison to the rest of the professional staff and is the student’s advocate. The specialist drafts a Service Plan in the fall, which outlines the student’s accommodations and goals for the year. The recommended accommodations are communicated to each of the student’s teachers. The specialist will be in weekly contact with the classroom teachers and parents.
Role of the Parent
Parents are encouraged to understand that their child’s learning style is unique, and that parental involvement is critical in helping their child cope in the high school setting. Frequent communication with the specialist and classroom teachers is essential for all S.A.I.L. participants. Conferences are requested by the parent and specialist when needed.
McNicholas requires 24 credits for graduation as outlined in the Course Directory. These requirements will be reduced by one elective credit for every year a student is enrolled in the S.A.I.L. Program. Students enrolled in the S.A.I.L. Program will meet the graduation requirements of the State of Ohio, including the passing of the Ohio Graduation Test in all five subject areas.
Student Contract for Membership in the S.A.I.L. Program
Students in the S.A.I.L. Program are expected to abide by the principles described in the Student Contract.