Students with Learning Differences

DePaul College Prep is committed to providing curricular support to students with diagnosed learning differences throughout the school.  Learning specialists are able to offer targeted strategy support in reading comprehension, written expression, math, and executive functioning.  Instructional support is provided inside and outside the classroom.  Learning specialists also manage classroom and testing accommodations, ensuring that students receive what they need in order to meet their potential.  Learning specialists maintain close communication with teachers, parents, and outside professionals, as well.  In addition, learning specialists work with students to help them become independent learners by supporting their understanding of the success attributes: self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal setting, use of support systems, and emotional coping strategies.


Please contact our Head Learning Specialist:

Mrs. Elizabeth Underwood
(773) 423-5031

Learn more about Diverse Learning Needs at DePaul Prep.


Admissions Process for Students with Diverse Learning Needs

Once a student has registered at DePaul College Prep, these are next steps in the process:
  1. To begin this process, we will ask that you sign an Acknowledgement Agreement, after your son or daughter has registered at DePaul College Prep.
  2. Most important, we need to receive a current (within three years), complete psycho-educational testing, IEP, 504 or alternate service plan.
  3. We need a confidential release signed by a parent or legal guardian allowing DePaul College Prep to contact the examiner, if needed.
  4. We need a review of the accommodations used at the 8th grade level and feedback from the student’s 8th grade teachers about the effectiveness of those accommodations and the student’s academic performance.

This process can’t begin until we have received all of this information. We look forward to optimizing your child’s DePaul College Prep experience!

Entrance Exam Testing Accommodations

If an 8th grade student seeks extended time or other accommodations on the Entrance Exam, the parent or guardian must submit a copy of their most recent neuropsychological evaluation, as well as an IEP or 504, if one is in place for the student at their current school.

DePaul College is able to support students who need certain accommodations to be successful in a college preparatory curriculum. DePaul Prep provides and extended time up to 50% and small group testing.