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Joined: May 12, 2009
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Posted May 12, 2009 at 5:25:27 PM
Subject: Legal Rights in Private HighSchool

Hello,
I attend a Private High School and have been diagnosed with A.D.D. and Dyscalculia (Math Learning Disability). I applied for Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology and was accepted for my reading scores and having already taken Psychology 1. The school informed me that at my Private High School they did not give extended time for Advanced Placement classes. They also informed me that this was the school's policy and not College Board's (head of Advanced placement courses) rule. I have a feeling that considering with my past experiences with this school that this policy was put in place for the teacher's convenience. My question is does this go against my legal rights?
Thank you!

MRPR

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Mandi
Joined May 05, 2008
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Posted:May 12, 2009 8:27:40 PM

I would be suspicious of this policy too. I don't know if it is legal or not, but i am fairly sure it must violate the citizens with disability act somehow. Or some other law. We are all entitled to a level playing field. You are not looking for a free pass. You are looking for a reasonable modification for your disability that would most assuredly be granted in a public school. If i were you though you might want to bring your paper work with you when you go to discuss it with them so they can see proof it is a legitimate recognized LD.

Good luck

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DRHD
Joined Apr 29, 2008
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Posted:May 24, 2009 11:55:22 AM

MRPR123,
You raise an interesting question but I am afraid you are in a "boat without a paddle".
The exercise of choice to attend a private school is certaintly a right afforded to you. However the protections available under federal IDEA and Section 504 do not apply. These safeguards are not available to you with regard to your perceived need for accommodations.
The only recourse you have is that he private high school may have a contractual obligation. You need to review any agreement that was signed between you and the school to understand these obligations of their services to you.

DRHD

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