Differences between High School and College

High School Level Support Services College Level Support Services

The school district is responsible for evaluating and documenting the learning disability.

Students are responsible for providing current documentation of their disability to the college.

An IEP meeting is held to determine placement and appropriate services

Students working with college professionals will determine if/ and/ or what services are appropriate

Once a disability is documented, services are made available and included in the student's daily schedule.

Even after documentation has been provided and appropriate accommodations have been identified, students must request the accommodations each time they are needed.

Special classes or placements must be available for students

Colleges are not required to provide special classes or programs for students with disabilities.

Specific goals and objectives are determined for each student receiving services

Students, with input from their advisors, set their own academic goals.

Parents are notified and must give permission for any decisions regarding their son or daughter.

Parents are not notified of these services unless the student grants permission for that information to be released.

Teachers, administrators and parents advocate for students.

Students must advocate for themselves.

Reevaluation of students is conducted by the school on a regular basis (generally every three years).

Reevaluation of a disability is not generally required if a student remains continuously enrolled in the college.

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Janel Case

Janel Case
Biomedical Engineering

Graduating high school with honors and realizing I did not have the monetary means to go off to a university like I had always dreamed about felt like a setback. Being at a community college, for my first semester, felt like a detriment to my education. Despite this I began to reach out to other students and was referred by a student to a program called MESA. MESA has shaped my educational career. MESA has provided me with opportunities I would have otherwise missed on my own, an opportunity to work with other like-minded majors who have since become like family. With this kind of strong foundation I have been able to excel in my science, mathematics, and engineering courses.
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Last Modified Jun 30, 2017