At BCA we aim to help all students feel confident about their abilities and use a range of resources and strategies to help them succeed.
At BCA, we know that no two children learn, perceive, or behave in the same way. It is our job to try to understand how God has designed each child, what their strengths are, and in what areas they may need extra support. In the Support Services, it is the goal to help students realize their God-given abilities so they can move toward independence and experience success in the regular classroom as well as gain confidence, lifelong learning skills, and advocacy for themselves.
Understanding Diverse Learners
Many students are adequately engaged and challenged within the traditional classroom. However, some students benefit from accommodations or specialized instruction. These children have different learning styles and rates, strengths and weaknesses. One child may have trouble receiving information through listening or reading. Another may struggle to express ideas verbally or in writing. Some are easily distracted and find following directions or retaining information a challenge. Others have problems keeping track of belongings or organizing their day. Some students come to school with other types of concerns that impact learning. Sometimes complicated tasks can be easily mastered while simple ones are unmanageable. Our goal is to understand and support each individual and their needs. We strive to provide as much individual support and classroom support as our resources permit.
What is a 504 Plan?
The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to their learning environment. Students with 504 plans do not require specialized instruction, but, like an IEP, a 504 plan is updated annually to make sure accommodations are most effective. The 504 plan will describe the basis for the determination of the disability. It will also describe the nature of the concern and explain how the disability affects a major life activity.
What is an IEP?
The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services. Private schools cannot write IEP plans. They are written by public schools and those schools receive funding from the state to provide those services. An IEP is also only written for children between the ages of 3 and 21. The child will have an identified disability that impedes learning to the point that the child needs specialized instruction in order to close the gap between the child’s own academic achievement and that of his/her age peers.