Student Services

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Stress and Anxiety: How to Support Your Student

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

6.30-8.00 pm | Nova Classical Academy

Presented by Ethan Schwehr, Ph.D. LP NCSP, Groves Academy Licensed Psychologist

Stress is a normal part of life, but at times being a student can add to that stress. In small quantities, stress is good – it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or a strong response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses.

This session will address the cumulative effects of stress and anxiety on physical and cognitive functioning in and out of the classroom. Additionally, we will provide real-world recommendations for managing stress and overstimulation from a neuropsychological perspective.



My name is John Larson and I am the Director of Student Services at Nova Classical Academy. I look forward to working with all students, staff, and families in providing strong educational opportunities for all students.

Please see the newly updated links below related to Student Services at Nova Classical Academy for the 2017/18 school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

John Larson, Director of Student Services

Email: | Phone: 651-209-6320, Ext. 403

Lower School 504 Coordinator: Marlo Corletto, Ext. 116
Upper School 504 Coordinator: Alyssa Martinson, Ext. 308


Special Education Services at Nova Classical Academy

Nova Classical Academy offers a variety of supports to meet student’s needs. These supports fall on a continuum based on the student’s level of need. Brief descriptions are listed below.

Direct Services Students work directly with special educators on a regular basis. They can work in a variety of settings: general education classroom, resource room or a combination.

Indirect Services This type of service mainly provides consultation services for general education teachers. The student receives his or her education in the general education classroom, and specialists are available to provide ideas and resources to make that student’s experience successful.

Resource Room Instruction This model of service provides pull out support for students. The students leave the general education classroom for assistance with general curriculum, specialized curriculum, and/or behavioral support. Time spent in this setting depends on student need.

Frequently Asked Questions related to Special Education at Nova Classical Academy  FAQ


Who is eligible for Special Education Services? Thirteen types of disabilities qualify for special education support. Further information here:

Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 C.F.R. Part 104) is a federal civil rights statute that assures individuals will not be discriminated against based on their disability. All school districts that receive federal funding are responsible for the implementation of this law. This law protects a student with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, whether the student receives special education services or not. Examples of physical or mental impairments that may be covered under Section 504 include: epilepsy, AIDS, allergies, vision impairment, broken limbs, cancer, diabetes, asthma, temporary condition due to accidents or illness, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, depression, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Examples of major life activities that can be affected by the student’s disability include learning, thinking, concentrating, reading, speaking, walking, breathing, sleeping, caring for oneself, as well as major bodily functions, including brain function, immune system function, or digestive functions. This is not an exhaustive list.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards 1.6.15(Section 504)

Advocacy and Leadership Training for Individuals and Parents of Young Children with Disabilities
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2016-17 Student Services Information:

2016-2017 Student Services Parent Handbook

Nova Classical Academy Special Education Contacts 2016-2017

Nova Classical Academy 504 Contacts 2016-2017

Parent Request for Evaluation Flowchart 


English Language Learners Information (2016-2017)

2016-2017 Nova Classical Academy RTI Handbook

RTI Tiers-Categorized 16.17

TSES 2017-2018

Special Education Services Program  | SEAC Resources and Links

Nova Classical Academy’s Continuum of Services

Homework Club: Homework Club is free before and after school program available to students who attend Nova. There is no registration required. Lower School HC is M-Th 3.45 to 4.40 pm. Please contact Ms. Tousignant (Lower School) with questions. For Upper School HC, please contact Ms. Bergerson.

Morning Session 
(Monday -Friday) for Lower and Upper School- 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. in the Second Floor computer lab.
After School Session
Lower School (Monday-Thursday)- 3:45-4:30 p.m. (LS Academic wing)
Upper School (Monday-Thursday)- 3:50-5:00 p.m. in Room #326


Peer Tutoring: We are now accepting applications and requests for both peer tutors (School of Rhetoric) and students who may benefit from peer tutoring for the 2017-2018 School Year. Please contact John Larson at for more information.


Resources and Links for Parents and Families

Website for helping with TEST TAKING ANXIETY

To Study Effectively, Understand How Learning Works

Top 10 Terms Students Need to Know to Be Successful on Standardized Tests

Resource List for Math/Reading


College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook

Minnesota Assoc. for Children’s Mental Health:


SEAC: Special Education Advisory Committee

SEAC Mission, Vision, and Action Items

SEAC Presentation 8.22.16

SEAC Presentation 8.11.15 Getting Started 2015-16

SEAC Presentation 2017-18

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