Michael Ufer Learning Program

Bishop Blanchet High School’s mission as a Catholic, college preparatory school calls us to address the educational needs of students; including those with learning disabilities and individual learning differences to the extent that we can reasonably do so.

The Michael Ufer Learning Program is a comprehensive support program to help students succeed in the classroom and be in charge of their own learning. All students in the Michael Ufer Learning Program fully participate in the college preparatory program. The services provided are those that can be implemented within the existing schedule and curriculum. Our teachers utilize best instructional practices. Bishop Blanchet High School offers academic support classes within the block schedule and individualized learning plans.

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  • Academic Support Classes

    Students who have particular learning challenges may be recommended for the Academic Support class. This elective class (1 credit per semester within the block schedule) is designed to provide students in grades 9-12 with a structured, closely monitored learning environment where they can develop the motivational, organizational and academic skills needed to become confident, independent learners. The class offers accountability, encouragement, study strategies for success and hands-on practical help for students who want a helping hand with their academics. The class structure involves teaching specific study strategies, filling out a master calendar for accountability for tests, quizzes and projects, and collaborative time to work on core classes with the help of the academic support teacher and junior/senior student mentors. There is also individual teacher/student conferencing to resolve issues of concern. Some students might also require outside professional subject-specific tutoring in addition to the class.

    The academic support teachers work closely with the Learning Resource Specialist to recommend strategies to assist students with their specific learning needs. 

    Placement in the Academic Support Class is determined by the Learning Program Team and the Academic Office.  
  • Individual Learning Plans

    Students should be self advocates; they are encouraged to acknowledge the need for support and actively seek it out. The curriculum and instruction are not modified; however, college approved accommodations to support student learning can be provided through an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).

    Under section 504 (504 34CFR 104.39A) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, students attending a private school may qualify for minor adjustments to their education experience in order to offer them an opportunity to succeed in the classroom and beyond. To qualify for a 504 Plan, the student must…”… have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities” (Section 504).

    In order to develop and implement an ILP, a student is required to provide documentation of a diagnosed learning or psychological disability. The documentation must be: 
    • a Psychoeducational Evaluation, Cognitive Testing, and/or Educational Testing conducted by an Educational Psychologist or other professional education evaluator. 
    • State the specific learning, psychological or medical disability as diagnosed, including DSM-V Code (if available) 
    • Provide relevant educational, developmental, and medical history
    • Describe the diagnostic tests used to determine the disability (in compliance with College Board and ACT’s Guidelines for Documentation) 
    • Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator(s).
    • Educational/Psychological testing must be current within a 5 year window of the students anticipated high school graduation date.
      Most colleges and universities will require evaluations to be completed as an adult for consideration for accommodations.
    • This testing is conducted at parent expense through private clinicians or through Seattle Public Schools. 
    Dependent on the provided documentation and clinician recommendations, Bishop Blanchet can offer the following accommodations:
    • Preferential Seating
    • Extended Time on Tests and Exams - 50%
    • Separate Location for Tests, Quizzes, Exams
    • Access to peer notes or teacher notes
    • Access to computer for in-class work or written portions of exams (student provided)
    • Tests Read
    • Consult Teacher
     Upon completion of the plan, the ILP is shared annually with the student, parents, and school counselor. The Individual Learning Plan is shared with the student’s teachers each semester.

    The Learning Resource Specialist is available to assist both teachers and students as they work together to utilize the supplemental aids and testing accommodations. Informal Consultant Teacher services are also available so that students have an opportunity to meet with a Learning Program teacher periodically throughout the academic year for guidance or assistance.
    Guidelines for testing with approved accommodations on College Board and ACT tests: 
    We encourage students and parents to review College Board's and ACT's test registration guidelines as they relate to testing with approved accommodations.  
    • -  College Board requires that Cognitive and Educational testing be completed or updated within the last (5) years
    •  - ACT requires that Cognitive and Educational testing be completed or updated within the last three (3) years
    Bishop Blanchet will offer accommodated testing for SAT and ACT on campus for specific dates only. School based accommodated testing is only provided for those accommodations that cannot be met at a national test site.  

    Students and/or parents need to confirm with the Learning Resource Specialist prior to registering for  the exam to ensure accommodation and date availability. 

    SAT and ACT accommodated (school based) test dates for the 2022-2023:    
               SAT: 10/01/2022 and 5/6/2023*
               ACT: 9/10/2022 and 2/11/2023*
    * dates subject to change

History of the Michael Ufer Program for Academic Success

The Michael Ufer Program for Academic Success at Bishop Blanchet, unique among the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle, was established in 2001 in honor of Michael Ufer because his example serves as its inspiration.

Michael tragically passed away in 2000, the summer before his sophomore year at Bishop Blanchet. Michael, like other students who experience difficulties in the learning process, achieved success only through tremendous effort and significant support outside the classroom. He needed help to succeed, but did not want academic expectations lowered. Thus, Michael Ufer Academic Support classes are designed to help students help themselves within Bishop Blanchet’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum. These classes, along with the other educational resources and services, are the cornerstone of a collective academic support effort that enables our students to succeed at Bishop Blanchet and it provides students with critical life skills. Since its inception in 2001, Michael's parents have established an endowment fund, which will enable the program to grow and flourish in future years.

Michael Ufer Academic Support Staff

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Nancy Bradish

    Nancy Bradish 

    Department Chair Academic Support, Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Ivan Leander

    Ivan Leander 

    Academic Support Instructor
  • Photo of Emily Mullin

    Emily Mullin 

    Academic Support Instructor
  • Photo of Summer Ray

    Summer Ray 

    Academic Support Instructor
  • Photo of Colleen Reinhardt

    Colleen Reinhardt 

    Admin. Asst. for Learning Resource Specialist

Bishop Blanchet High School

8200 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: 206-527-7711
Fax: 206-527-7712
Attendance: 206-985-3750
Located in  Seattle, Washington, Bishop Blanchet High School is a private, coed Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging college preparatory academic program, campus ministry, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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