Special Education at Nova Academy


Nova Classical Academy offers Special Education and curriculum for English Language Learners.

Natalie Ferguson, Student Services Coordinator

Email: nferguson@novaclassical.org
Phone: 651-209-6320

Special Education


Nova Classical Academy is a public charter school. We offer special education services for students with a range of supports and services for a variety of disability areas. We use small group instruction, one-on-one service, indirect, and direct service. When appropriate, Nova Classical Academy contracts with related service providers for instruction in the following areas: Speech and Language Services, Occupational Therapy Services, Physical Therapy, Audiological Services, Vision Services, School Psychology Services, Early Childhood Specialist, Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, Physical/Health Disabilities Instructor, Developmental Adaptive Physical Education and Social Work Services. 

What is Special Education? 

The focus of special education is to ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for eligible students identified to have a disability and who are in need of individualized and specially designed instruction. This instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Who can receive Special Education? 

Students must meet specific criteria set by the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government to receive special education services. The student will need to demonstrate that their disability impacts their academic achievement. Eligibility determination occurs through a comprehensive evaluation conducted by the school. If you have concerns about your student’s development you are encouraged to talk with your student’s teacher about your concerns.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meets once a year. SEAC (pronounced “seek”) is a group that provides input on special education issues, it’s purpose is to advise and advocate not decide policy. Nova Classical Academy SEAC is for all parents/families/guardian(s) of students who either have an IEP, a 504 or are interested in a discussion to seek information and/or resources regarding these. 

Restrictive Procedures

TSES Plan for Nova Classical Academy

In accordance with Minnesota  Rule 3525.1100, this document serves as the Total Special Education System (TSES) Plan for Nova Classical Academy. The TSES is a summary of Nova’s policy and procedures related to special education services.

504 Services: 

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, public schools are required to offer accommodations for eligible students with disabilities.  Nova Classical Academy provides students with disabilities the support they need through a 504 plan. 

What are 504 services? 

A 504 plan is a formal plan that a school develops to provide students with disabilities the support they need. A 504 plan covers any condition that limits daily activities in a major way. 

Who can Receive 504 services? 

In order to receive services for a 504 plan, schools will look at information from a few different sources. One source might be a medical diagnosis. Families can request a 504 plan through the 504 coordinators. The request must be in writing. The school will then hold a meeting to decide if the child qualifies and what supports are appropriate. 

 

Interventions Funded Through ADSIS
 

Math180, PRESS, and Read180 are Math and Reading intervention programs at Nova Classical Academy to support students who are identified as being below grade-level in reading, math, or both. Funding for these support programs is through ADSIS- an initiative from the MN Department of Education. The purpose of ADSIS is to provide instruction to assist students who need additional academic or behavioral support to succeed in the general education environment. The goal is to reduce the number of inappropriate referrals to special education by providing proactive instructional supports early to struggling students.

Families who choose to opt-out of Read180, PRESS, and/or Math180 will need to complete the Nova Classical Academy curricular opt-out form (NP-502).  Nova considers these supports to be integral to your student’s schedule so that they are able to fully access the richness of Nova’s liberal arts curriculum.