Academic support services are available for those students who have shown a demonstrated need. The support team includes a guidance counselor, auxiliary math instructor, auxiliary reading instructor, speech clinician, psychologist, and school nurse.
- Guidance Counselor: Provides counseling services to individual students, small groups, or whole classes based upon specific needs and teacher and/or parent referrals.
- Auxiliary Math Instructor: Provides auxiliary instruction time on an individual or small group basis. Math services may include reinforcement, skill practice, problem solving, and/or enrichment. Services are coordinated with the classroom teacher based on students’ classroom performance.
- Remedial Reading Instructor: Services are provided through the federal Title I program. Students are recommended for the program based upon standardized test scores, classroom performance, and report card grades.
- Speech Clinician: All Kindergarten and First Grade students receive a speech screening. Speech support is provided weekly in a small group setting for those who qualify.
- A psychologist and a school nurse are also available as per student need.
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
Under Title I, LEAs are required to provide services for eligible private school students, as well as eligible public school students. In particular, section 1120 of Title I, Part A of the ESEA, requires a participating LEA to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families. These services must be developed in consultation with officials of the private schools. The Title I services provided by the LEA for private school participants are designed to meet their educational needs and supplement the educational services provided by the private school.
Pennsylvania Act 89 provides Intermediate Units with funds to provide auxiliary services to students who are parentally enrolled in the nonpublic schools. Students who are enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12 and who are Pennsylvania residents may be eligible to receive services. These services may include remedial reading and math, speech and language therapy, counseling, and psycho-educational testing. Types of services provided in the nonpublic schools are based on student enrollments and consultation between DCIU and nonpublic school administrators. These are not services that would carry an individualized entitlement for students but, rather, are provided subject to limitations of funding appropriated annually in the state budget.
Auxiliary services includes guidance, counseling and testing services, psychological services, services for exceptional children, remedial services, speech and hearing services, services for the improvement of the educationally disadvantaged (such as, but not limited to, teaching English as a second language), and other secular, neutral, non-ideological services of a supplementary and remedial nature.