Incoming Freshman Information

  • 504 Plans for Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2024)
    504 plans for incoming freshmen will be sent home in August prior to the start of the school year. Freshmen students with 504 plans will receive accommodations listed in their plans as they pertain to the full, hybrid, or remote model during the 2020-2021school year.

    504 articulation meetings with New Trier staff at the sender schools were not possible this year due to school closure. Sender schools have shared information on each student that had a 504 plan in 8 th grade. A New Trier 504 plan will be created for those students based on sender school recommendations during the summer. Parents should contact the 504 coordinator at New Trier after they have received the plan if they have any questions.

    504 Plans for Current Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
    Students with current New Trier 504 plans will continue to receive the accommodations listed in their plan as they pertain to the full, hybrid or remote model during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Incoming freshman students entering New Trier with a 504 plan:
    In the spring of your student's 8th grade year, your junior high will provide you with the opportunity for an articulation meeting. The meeting will be held at your junior high and the 504 Coordinator from New Trier High School will be present for that meeting. That articulation meeting is an opportunity for the 504 Coordinator to gather information about your student and their current accommodation plan. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about how Section 504 plans work in the high school setting, which in most cases, is very different from the junior high experience. Your student's 504 plan will be reviewed and may be modified to better fit their needs in the high school setting. This meeting is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged. Please communicate with your junior high in regards to articulation meeting dates.

    Incoming freshman students entering New Trier without a current 504 plan :
    If your student does not currently have an accommodation plan and you would like to apply for one at New Trier High School you should complete the application process described on the home page. If you are applying at the end of your 8th grade year or over the summer you can send the application materials directly to the 504 Coordinator. If you are applying early in your student's freshman year, you should send the application paperwork to your adviser. In either case, these applications will not be reviewed until approximately five weeks into the first quarter.

    In order to determine eligibility, the student needs to demonstrate a substantial limitation on their ability to perform a major life activity. The school needs to provide teachers with the opportunity to work with students, monitor homework and assessment performance, and gain insight into student strengths and weaknesses. Students also need time to transition to the demands of high school and demonstrate their areas of strength and weakness. The level system at New Trier High School, in many cases, can appropriately provide the student with academic challenge and the appropriate amount of support needed without the need for formalized accommodation plans.