Section 504 Services

  • What is Section 504?

    Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to an education. A child may receive accommodation and modifications.

    How does Section 504 define "Disability?"

    A person is disabled within the definition of Section 504 if the following conditions are met:

      • The child must have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities.
        "Major life activities" include functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. When a condition does not substantially limit a major life activity, the individual does not qualify under Section 504.
      • The child's disability must impact their education in order to qualify for educational accommodation.

    This determination is made by a school team of individuals who are familiar with the child along with the child's parent(s).


    If the school has reason to believe that, because of a disability as defined under Section 504, a student needs accommodations or services in order to participate in the school program, the school must evaluate the student. If it is determined that a student is disabled under Section 504, the school must develop and implement the delivery of all needed services and/or accommodations.

    If your child currently has a Section 504 Accommodation Plan or you believe that your child has a qualifying disability and may need a plan, contact the Assistant Principal at your child's school.

    Biltmore Preparatory Academy:     602.381.6160
    Excelencia School:                        602.381.4670
    Gateway School:                           602.381.4665
    Larry C. Kennedy School:              602.381.6180
    Loma Linda School:                       602.381.6080
    Monte Vista School:                       602.381.6140
    Papago School:                             602.381.6100
    William T. Machan School:             602.381.6120

    What Does Making Accommodations Mean?

    Accommodations are adjustments made by the classroom teacher(s) and other school staff to help students benefit from their educational program. In some cases, a plan should be developed outlining services and accommodation. Not all potential accommodations are appropriate for every child.

    Examples of Common Accommodations:

    • Modify assignments and tests.
    • Provide an extra set of textbooks for home.
    • Adjust student seating.
    • Use study guides/organizing tools.
    • Provide a peer tutor/helper.
    • Provide school counseling.
    • Have the student use an organizer – train in organizational skills.
    • Provide preferential seating.
    • Modify recess/PE/transportation
    • Use necessary health care procedures.