Special Education

504 PLANS FOR EDUCATIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Educational accommodations are for students with special health needs who need building, classroom or testing accommodations to participate fully in school. For example, students with trouble hearing may need to be seated close to the blackboard. Other students may need extra time to take tests.

To apply for these accommodations, please submit the Request for Section 504 Accommodations, Medical Review for 504 Accommodations and the HIPAA form (linked below) to  504@laguardiahs.org.  When school is in session, someone will reach out to schedule a meeting after these documents are recieved.  Read More About 504 Accommodations.

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A parent completes the Request for Section 504 Accommodations Parent Form with HIPAA 2020-21

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A health care provider completes the Medical Accommodations Request Form

Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by a committee of school staff. If accommodations are approved, you will be mailed a copy of the 504 plan that you should sign and return to your student’s guidance counselor.

Tips:

· Make sure the forms are complete before you submit them. The committee cannot review incomplete applications. Make it clear to the committee why your student needs the accommodations.

· Submit all the forms at one time via email to 504@laguardiahs.org.

· 504 Plans only apply to the current school year. You must submit new forms each September if the student still needs the accommodations.

· If testing accommodations are included in a 504 plan, they apply to in-class tests and to Regents exams. They do not apply to outside tests such as the SAT, PSAT, ACT or AP exams. If a 504 plan is approved, you will receive information about how to apply for accommodations on outside tests.

· You should keep copies of the documents you submit.

APPLYING FOR TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

How do I apply for accommodations on College Board tests (SAT, PSAT, AP)?

Note: College Board tests are never self-paced. That means that a student with extended time must sit for the entire extended duration of each section of the test. Consider if your child would perform well in this setting.

1. Complete the online form. Make sure you have information about the student and the student's disability nearby when you complete the form. This form provides LaGuardia staff with the information they need to submit the application.

2. Print and sign the Consent Form for Accommodations Request and submit it to the student's guidance counselor.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE FORM TO INITIATE AN APPLICATION FOR ACCOMMODATIONS ON COLLEGE BOARD TESTS

  • The school will submit your application to the College Board within two weeks after you submit the online form.
  • The College Board will notify you of its decision within seven weeks from when the school submits your application. The College Board will notify you, not LaGuardia staff. Ensure your child has an active College Board account with up-to-date contact information.
  • Once the College Board approves accommodations, the approval lasts for the duration of high school.
  • The accommodations apply automatically to all College Board tests administered anywhere.
  • Please submit the application at least a week before the deadlines listed at this link to ensure your child's teachers have time to complete the application.

Link: College Board Services for Students with Disabilities

Link: Application Deadlines​​​​​​​

LaGuardia High School is not able to process applications for testing accommodations during the months of July and August.

If you have questions, email Owen Harkness oharkness@schools.nyc.gov

APPLYING FOR ACCOMMODATIONS ON COLLEGE BOARD TESTS

How do I apply for accommodations on College Board tests (SAT, PSAT, AP)?

Note: College Board tests are never self-paced. That means that a student with extended time must sit for the entire extended duration of each section of the test. Consider if your child would perform well in this setting.

1. Complete the online form. Make sure you have information about the student and the student's disability nearby when you complete the form. This form provides LaGuardia staff with the information they need to submit the application.

2. Print and sign the Consent Form for Accommodations Request and submit it to the student's guidance counselor.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE FORM TO INITIATE AN APPLICATION FOR ACCOMMODATIONS ON COLLEGE BOARD TESTS

  • The school will submit your application to the College Board within two weeks after you submit the online form.
  • The College Board will notify you of its decision within seven weeks from when the school submits your application. The College Board will notify you, not LaGuardia staff. Ensure your child has an active College Board account with up-to-date contact information.
  • Once the College Board approves accommodations, the approval lasts for the duration of high school.
  • The accommodations apply automatically to all College Board tests administered anywhere.
  • Please submit the application at least a week before the deadlines listed at this link to ensure your child's teachers have time to complete the application.

Link: College Board Services for Students with Disabilities

Link: Application Deadlines​​​​​​​

LaGuardia High School is not able to process applications for testing accommodations during the months of July and August.

If you have questions, email Owen Harkness oharkness@schools.nyc.gov

APPLYING FOR ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE ACT

1. Create or log in to an existing account

  • Register for the ACT test
  • Indicate need for accommodations and/or English learner supports
  • Select the type of accommodation and/or English learner supports you need

2. Upon completion of your registration, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to work with your school to submit a request.

a) Forward this email to oharkness@schools.nyc.gov. This email initiates the process.

b) Submit a completed Consent to Release Information to ACT form to your child’s guidance counselor.

  • The ACT has strict requirements for documentation. A completed 504 form is not typically sufficient. You can read the documentation requirements here.
  • The school will submit your application to the ACT within two weeks of receiving it.
  • The school will notify you of the ACT's decision within 15 business days.
  • Once the ACT approves accommodations, the approval lasts for the duration of high school, but you must email oharkness@schools.nyc.gov each time you sign up for additional ACT tests.

Link: ACT Accommodations Information

Link: Instructional Video

Link: Test Registration Deadlines

All requests for accommodations and English Learner supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the late registration deadline through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system.

LaGuardia High School is not able to process applications for testing accommodations during the months of July and August.
If you have questions, email Owen Harkness oharkness@schools.nyc.gov