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How do accommodations at Bethel differ from a high school 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP)? 


High School: Classroom attendance is monitored and participation contributes to overall grade; grade-level standards may be modified for students with disabilities.

Bethel: Attendance requirements vary by professor and course. All students must meet the same class standards.


High School: Teachers take attendance, check notebooks, and often put important information on the board; teachers and case managers monitor progress and offer clarification, guidance, and assistance.

Bethel: Professors rarely teach from the textbook, often lecture for most of the class session, and expect students to learn from outside assignments and library research. Students must self-monitor progress and ask for assistance when needed.

Parent Role

High School: Parents are often advocates and work directly with teachers and other school staff to assure necessary academic support.

Bethel: Parents become mentors and work with their student to offer guidance and support.

Time Management

High School: Students’ time and assignments are often structured by teachers, parents, and other adults.

Bethel: Students must structure their own time between academics and extracurricular activities. Students make decisions regarding schedules, class attendance, studying, etc.