Student Services


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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 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

John Larson, Director of Student Services


Phone: 651-209-6320, Ext. 403

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES. Please RSVP with John Larson ( We would love to have you join us!

Understanding Dyslexia and Reading Struggles

April 10, 2017

6-8 p.m. at Nova Classical Academy

Presented by John Alexander, M.Ed., Groves Academy Executive Director

In this session, John Alexander will discuss what the latest research reveals about dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities. He will define dyslexia and examine key variables for instruction including the type, intensity, frequency, and duration of intervention. 


Film Screening: The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
May 2, 2017

6-8 p.m. at Nova Classical Academy

We are featuring a screening of the documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Panel Discussion to Follow Screening.

Synopsis: Directed by James Redford, THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA is a personal, touching and sometimes humorous look at this developmental reading disorder, offering a broader and clearer view of the minds of people with dyslexia. Spotlighting a cross-section of individuals, including Redford’s own son, Dylan, and featuring interviews with notable dyslexics, including investment pioneer Charles Schwab, business magnate Richard Branson, high-profile lawyer David Boies and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the film reveals how an individual’s unique strategies for coping can help lead to success in life.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016-2017 annual Special Education Advisory Council meeting. Please click on the link below for the presentation shared by John Larson and Alyssa Martinson.

SEAC Presentation 8.22.16

On 8/22/16, John Larson, Director of Student Services will give an introduction to Student Services at Nova Classical Academy. He will also shares strategies and tips for families to start the year.

Nova Classical Academy’s Continuum of Services

Listed below is information available to families to help detail the various processes and programs that are available from the Department of Student Support Services at Nova Classical Academy.

2016-2017 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-2016-2017, Updated 12.2.15

Special Education Services Program  | SEAC Resources and Links

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)

Please contact the following individual with questions about 504 for the 2016-2017 school year:

Section 504 District Contact: John Larson

Lower School 504 Coordinator: Marlo Corletto

Upper School 504 Coordinator: Alyssa Martinson

HOMEWORK CLUB Homework Club is available to  students who attend Nova for the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Ms. Bergerson (Upper School) and Ms. Tousignant (Lower School) for specific details.

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 2016-2017 School Year. Please contact John Larson at for more information.

SEAC: Special Education Advisory Committee

SEAC Mission, Vision, and Action Items

SEAC ANNUAL MEETING (8/11/15): Listed below is the presentation that Mr. Larson shared.

Getting Started 2015-16

Resources and Links for Parents and Families

*NEW* Great website for helping with TEST TAKING ANXIETY. *NEW*

To Study Effectively, Understand How Learning Works

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

 College Resources for Students with Disabilities Guidebook

Minnesota Assoc. for Children’s Mental Health:


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