Upper School Academic Enrichment Center

Within the Upper School, our AEC team supports students who experience general academic difficulties due to challenges with work organization, time management, reading efficiency, problem-solving strategies, attention issues, and/or learning differences. The AEC programs and services within the Upper School focus on creating independent, self- advocating students prepared to succeed in our college preparatory curriculum.

Programs and Services Offered in the Upper School

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  • Academic Coaching

    An Overview:
    The Academic Coaching program is designed to assist students with their academic classes, study skills, organization, and overall time management. Students are scheduled to go to Academic Coaching during study hall blocks. Students can also “drop in” as necessary during breaks, lunch, or after school. Academic Coaches serve as advocates for students by facilitating communication between student, parent, and teacher concerning everything from daily homework to strategies for improvement.
    Goals of the Academic Coaching Program:
    • Assist students who are having difficulty preparing and turning in assignments.
    • Facilitate the use of a daily planner and to reinforce the skills of daily planning and time management.
    • Aid in teaching students individualized study skills and test taking strategies in order for the student to become an independent learner.
    • Serve as an advocate for the student by maintaining communication with parents and classroom teachers.
    Students seeking to participate in the Academic Coaching program must hold a psycho-educational evaluation administered within the last three to five years. When new testing is received (or at the start of every school year), the AEC teacher completes a confidential accommodation form along with a plan of action for each student enrolled within the Academic Coaching program. The items on the accommodation form are based on accommodations that are noted in the psychological/educational evaluations of the student. After the accommodations form has been completed, parents will be asked to meet with the Academic Coaching teacher to review the accommodations form and plan of action for the new school year.

Upper School Academic Accommodation Guidelines


While The O’Neal School does not modify its curriculum or methodology, any student with a documented learning disability that adversely impacts the child’s educational performance such as a specific learning difference and/or attention related disorders may receive the necessary and appropriate accommodations. Assistance will also be given in requesting accommodations for testing through the College Board and ACT.

AEC and Accommodation Guidelines

Students seeking academic accommodations in the classroom, including participation in the Academic Coaching program, and/or in standardized testing situations must meet the following requirements before any accommodations will be made:

  • Educational/psychological testing must be administered by an outside licensed source. See list of recommended testing services on page 15.
  • A copy of the current (within the last three-five years) testing/diagnosis including specific recommendations/accommodations must be provided to the school and be kept on file by the AEC Coordinator.
  • Students receiving extended time as recommended in their evaluation will receive 50% time extensions, per O’Neal policies.
  • If a student wishes to receive permission to use accommodations on the PSAT, ACT, SAT, AP exams or other standardized testing, the above referenced evaluations must be provided to Blanche Hancock, Director of College Counseling, at least 4 months (per CollegeBoard and ACT regulations) before the testing begins. These results will be submitted to the CollegeBoard or ACT for approval.
Upper School parents should contact AEC Coordinator, Lulu Brase (mlbrase@onealschool.org) to provide documentation and to arrange a meeting to develop a learning profile for your child. We ask that any new or updated testing be provided to us as soon as possible, so we can keep your child’s accommodations up-to-date throughout the school year.
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