The David C. Bigelow '44 Learning Center
The David C. Bigelow '44 Learning Center serves to provide a supportive environment to help all boys complete their academic course work, in addition to coaching students on time management, organization, study skills, and test-taking strategies. Students are scheduled to attend the Learning Center during their free periods. Approximately 25% of Avon students take advantage of the Learning Center’s resources at a variety of different levels. The Learning Center strives to help boys understand their unique learning styles, and develop the academic skills and confidence needed to be independent learners. The Learning Center at Avon Old Farms also coordinates classroom accommodations and the scheduling of both peer and professional tutors.
Accommodations at Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School offers a structured learning environment for students. While Avon enthusiastically makes available a variety of supportive resources for students, it is not a special needs school and is not equipped to provide individualized educational programs for students with severe physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities. The School does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is willing to implement or make reasonable accommodations to its practices, policies, and procedures in order to meet the needs of students with documented learning or behavioral disabilities. However, accommodations must be reasonable and must NOT fundamentally alter the academic program at Avon Old Farms School. All students, regardless of disability, will be held to the School’s standards for academic achievement and personal conduct.
Accommodations May Include:
- Extended time (50%) for quizzes, tests and exams
- Use of laptop/computers & calculators on tests and exams
- Reduced distraction/quiet setting room for midterm and final exams
- Audio Textbooks (RFB&D)
- Teacher provides students with a copy of notes & power-point presentations
- Assistance with time management, organization, study skills strategies
- Maximum of four periods in the Learning Center each week
Accommodations May Not Include:
- Quizzes, tests and exams without time limits
- Alternatives to exams
- Remedial work
- Waiving foreign language requirement
- Reduction of number or length of assignments or courses
- Other accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic program
The Faculty at Avon Old Farms School supports students in the use of accommodations as long as they advocate for themselves. Securing accommodations at Avon is a student-driven endeavor.
The application process for accommodations:
Submit all documentation of a disability to the Director of the Learning Center by August 1st. Documentation must include a current psycho-educational evaluation (administered in the past three years) and be in accordance with those guidelines issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
The academic deans, learning center directors, and school psychologist will consult on all requests for accommodation.
If the request for accommodations is approved, the Learning Center, with appropriate consent, will inform individual teachers of a student’s disability and the accommodations that have been authorized and approved.
There is a separate process to apply for accommodations on all standardized testing, such as the SAT/ACT. A documented disability does NOT ensure accommodations on standardized testing. Refer to the College Board Website or contact Marie Delnicki, DelnickiM@avonoldfarms.com, for additional information.
Meet the Learning Center Team
Please contact the Learning Center for information about the evaluation process required in order to diagnose a student with a learning disability.