The Wakefield Counseling Department supports our students with special needs in a variety of ways. Counselors are involved in the identification process and work with teachers and the special education team to ensure that all students have the support services necessary for a high quality education. Specifically, Wakefield counselors assist families and students in the following processes:
Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) - For students that have not been identified with a disability but there is a documented history of under-performance. The team consists of teachers, administrators, parents, the student, and additional support staff.
Section 504 Accommodations - Students with an identified condition may seek accommodations through a "504" process.
College Board testing accommodations (for APs and SATs) - Counselors and special education monitors work with students and families to facilitate the accommodation request. Once the request is sent, the College Board will review the documentation and the College Board will make the determination of granted accommodations for AP and SAT examinations.
Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, and/or disability. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials and extra-curricular activities. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services at 703-228-6008 or the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at 703-228-6110.