The Empowered for Success (EFS) program is a four-year program that provides support for students who enter Notre Dame High School Belmont with a diagnosed disability (cognitive, medical, psychological or physical conditions) that directly and significantly interferes with academic performance. EFS is not a special education program, a “pull out” resource program, or a remediation program. Students receive academic accommodations that have been identified to support, motivation, and encourage students to work hard in order to accomplish their goals. Accommodations are approved, as appropriate, based on student’s individual needs and the documentation of her disability.
The young ladies in the EFS program are both gifted and challenged, highly motivated, eager to learn, and willing to step outside of their comfort zone to experience all that Notre Dame has to offer. They participate fully in the school life at Notre Dame and are expected to meet all the same academic standards as their peers. Often, students are enrolled in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) level courses, are class and school leaders, star athletes, performers, and members of co-curricular organizations. Its goal is to inspire students to take charge of their education, to embrace their learning difference(s), and to succeed in high school, college, and in life.
Note: Documented Disabilities at Notre Dame are defined as cognitive, medical, psychological or physical conditions that have been verified by an appropriate professional, which directly and significantly interfere with academic performance.
Director of Student Disabilities
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