Our Educational Services Department consists of three school counselors, a full time school psychologist, two Title I tutors, a test preparation tutor, and two intervention specialists. All members of the team closely work together to provide support for each student.
The Notre Dame Program is made up of three intervention specialists. The staff coordinates support for students on a Services Plan, Academic Support Plan, and/or Medical Plan. The Notre Dame team tracks student progress, assists teachers in addressing specific needs in the classroom, provides accommodations, and communicates with parents. All members individually support each student part of the program, to ensure their success at Bishop Hartley. Notre Dame tutors inform the Support Team of progress of current students with a diagnosis and review the opportunities available for students to receive the proper accommodations in the educational setting. Learn more about the Notre Dame Program.
The Title 1 staff uses pre-assessments, standardized test scores and recommendations to develop a student plan for students needing support in reading and math. The staff implements the student plans to support students in their reading and math development. The team works closely with classroom teachers to develop lessons in reading and/or math, uses instructional strategies to deliver the lessons, tracks student progress and communicates with parents and the student support team.
The School Counseling program is structured to serve students in an academic, social, emotional and vocational capacity. The counselors meet one-on-one with students to discuss strategies for becoming more successful in our academic environment and beyond. Each school counselor advocates for their students to ensure the student’s individual needs are being met during the school day and procedures are set in place for them to feel secure about their educational experience. The school counselors collaborate with the support team to create action plans uniquely formulated to meet the needs of each individual student.
The test preparation component of Educational Services performs two primary functions in the areas of enrichment and intervention. Each fall, we identify students whose sophomore test scores indicate that they might reach the qualification level for National Merit Scholarship recognition. These and other interested students are invited to a series of review sessions which go over the PSAT/NMSQT test format as well as testing techniques and basic content. In addition, in the fall and spring, students who are taking or retaking the ACT may participate in review sessions geared toward that test. These reviews are designed to improve student scores for college admission. All review sessions are optional for students and are provided at no charge.
Our School Psychologist conducts psycho-educational testing to determine whether a student qualifies as having an educational disability. The school psychologist works closely with all members of the support team to determine eligibility as well as provide guidance on possible diagnosis pathways. The psychologist also provides individual and group counseling to students, and helps to refer to appropriate agencies if the student has or is suspected of having diagnosed mental health conditions