In the Middle School, parents of students with identified learning differences or special needs have an introductory meeting with the Middle School Learning Specialist, Kerry Howard, who serves as the liaison or “point person” for information about special needs.
An accommodations plan is developed for individual students based upon recommendation from the psycho-educational evaluations provided by parents. Further conversations take place between parents and each student’s advisor.
Accommodations that might be considered, within limits, include:
- preferential seating
- checking of assignment books, advance notice of some assignments
- use of a calculator
- use of a word processor for writing assignments
- opportunity to use another student’s notes or teacher’s notes if available
- permission to record a class
- access to audiobooks
- modification of assignments or due dates, possibly including alternate texts or demonstrations of competence
- extended time or alternate location for tests
- behavioral contracts
Some students require more specialized instruction beyond the accommodations outlined above. For these students, the Middle School offers small classes with a 4:1 ratio taught by the Learning Specialist and other qualified staff. These classes are offered with additional tuition and are designed to support students with more significant learning needs such as dyslexia or significant ADHD.
Born and raised in Barbados, Kerry ventured to northern Ontario for her undergraduate studies. She completed a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in Biology and Classics, followed by a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education. Kerry then returned to Barbados where she taught for six years and completed her first certification in teaching students with dyslexia with the Caribbean Dyslexia Centre. In 2007, she relocated to North Carolina, teaching elementary school and pursuing a Master’s of Education in Special Education at Elon University. In her 17 years of teaching, Kerry has served in many school roles, including general education teacher, resource teacher, and science specialist for grades ranging from kindergarten to grade 8. When she isn’t teaching, Kerry enjoys dancing, container gardening and is particularly passionate about beads, feathers and carnival(e) arts!
Carolina Friends School contracts with professional tutors and coaches to provide services to our students on our campus both during the school day and after school. Student Success staff members have had background checks and are experienced in their respective fields.