Mindful that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and our commitment to equity and justice, Archbishop Mitty High School supports students with learning differences through the ARC (Academic Resources Coordination) program.

Students who qualify for accommodations under this program are identified through verified professional testing or a medical diagnosis as having a learning disability, mental health issue,  or other learning differences sufficient to be designated for special academic support.

The Academic Resources Coordinator works with the counselor, teachers, and outside professionals to coordinate accommodations that may be needed and that can be reasonably offered  at AMHS. Accommodations do not alter the pacing, expectations, proficiency criteria, or rigor of the coursework or graduation requirements. 

Standard accommodations include:

  1. Extended time on in-class writing assignments (50% extended time)
  2. Extended time on tests and finals (50% extended time)
  3. Permission to record or use a peer note-taker in lecture classes
  4. Use of iPad for writing assessments
  5. Use of audio version of textbooks 
  6. Preferential seating
  7. Access to calculator for basic calculations 
  8. Mitty has a Learning Ally account and can provide audio books and textbooks for students with that accommodation. 

Students will meet with their individual counselor prior to finals week to discuss their finals schedule as part of the ARC program. 

Testing for learning differences is not conducted at AMHS. If psycho-educational testing is warranted, families can meet with the counselor and/or ARC coordinator  to discuss psycho-educational testing, skills testing, and/or outside tutors. The ARC coordinator can provide a referral list for assessments, and testing is also available at Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD). Please note the following:

  1. FUHSD does not test for ADHD/ADD; this is a medical diagnosis. The school district will test to see if a student has issues that involve processing, memory, attention, organization, etc., that impedes their learning/achievement (and which is also frequently seen in students who have ADHD/ADD) but they will not diagnose ADD or ADHD.
  2. FUHSD does not conduct assessments over the summer and can only accept appointments with advance notice.

In the spring of freshman year, the Academic Resources Coordinator begins the paperwork needed to receive extended time on the College Board practice college entrance test (PSAT), the college entrance test(s) SAT and ACT, and the Advanced Placement exam (which is not used for admissions purposes, but is a College Board exam). Paperwork is emailed to parents and is to be returned to the Academic Resources Coordinator prior to final exams.

The College Board reserves the right to deny accommodations to any student regardless of AMHS accommodations or suggestions.

Please contact the ARC Coordinator if you have any questions.