Admissions

It’s our hope that we can become a partner in your child’s education. Our admissions process allows us to get to know your child and determine if our school is the right fit for them.

Our Admissions Process

1

Tell Us About Your Child

At our school, we welcome students ages 5-22 with a wide range of learning, emotional, physical, neurological, and developmental disabilities. At the start of the admissions process, we request that you tell us about your child so we can learn more about who they are.

2

Tour Our School

 During the tour, you’ll see our school functioning during a normal school day. We’ll discuss your child’s current academic placement, your goals for their future, and what you’re looking for in a school. When you come for your tour, we ask that you bring documents to help us learn more about your child, as this will greatly expedite the admissions process.

3

Document Review

After your tour, administration will complete a thorough review of your child’s psychological and academic history, as well as any other information that will help us understand where your child is educationally and behaviorally. Documents that we review include, but are not limited to:

  • Most Recent IEP
  • Psychological Reports
  • Assessment Reports
  • Behavior Treatment Plan
  • Medical Reports
  • Work Samples

Once we receive this information, we’ll schedule an observation, which is the final step in the enrollment process.

4

Observation

On observation day, your child will visit our school and be placed in a classroom for observation, which can last 1-3 hours. This depends on student age and tolerance. This time helps us gauge your child’s ability to perform in an academic environment. Please send any items necessary to help your child be successful and comfortable during observation. In order for staff to see how your child will truly function during the school day, you’re unable to accompany your child during observation. Instead, you’ll meet with an administrator to discuss your child.

5

Decision

Once you’ve completed the above steps in the admissions process, administration will make a final enrollment decision within 2 weeks. If the decision is a “yes,” we’ll forward you an enrollment packet and contract that is to be returned with a $500 registration fee to secure placement. If we feel your child is not an appropriate fit, we’ll recommend alternative placement based on what we’ve learned about your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are an independent, educational institution, focusing on developing an individualized academic program where children progress through a curriculum of concepts and skills at their own pace. We believe that individuals with learning differences can be taught effectively, but only when instructional methods and curricula are tailored to each student’s unique learning needs. Consultation between parents, classroom teachers, resource teachers, private therapists, and other specialists is continuous so each child’s program can be modified to meet their specific needs.

We expose our students to different activities, both inside and outside the classroom so they can enhance their academic and social learning while encouraging life experience. We also focus on concepts such as values and character; and a mind-body connection. We want our students to thrive, and we ensure every child receives one on one attention and a quality, individualized education from compassionate teachers. This way, they can get the most out of their time at school.

In a majority of classes, the student-to-teacher ratio is usually no more than 6:2. The class size depends on the developmental needs of the students. Each classroom has a lead teacher and a teacher’s assistant. Additionally, private therapists are permitted to provide push-in and pull-out interventions to address goals for intensive 1:1 instruction.

Students are placed in classrooms that will best meet their developmental, behavioral, and academic needs, based on the observation stage of their initial admissions process. Teaching and learning styles are taken into consideration, along with student age and maturity.

Yes! We believe that team collaboration promotes consistency and maximizes student success. We’re always willing to work with all credentialed therapists. To do this, we require providers to show proof of a level 2 background screening as well as a provider code of conduct signed by the provider and their supervisor.

Our new location has three private testing rooms that can be utilized for 1:1 assessments and therapy sessions. We have other spaces available for 1:1 work, too.

We accept the John McKay Scholarship and the Gardiner Scholarship. A limited number of Hardship Scholarships are awarded, too, based on financial and educational need. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Unless special arrangements are made, your child may be dismissed from school if payment is not timely. Before any child is dismissed from the school, parents or legal guardians are informed in writing.

Yes. All parents on a monthly payment plan are required to keep a card on file, which will be charged if tuition payment is not received on the date due. Payments are required by the 15th of each month. If payment is not received, the credit card on file will be charged on the 16th of that given month.

Parents have many opportunities to be involved. Our administrative team and Parent Action Committee recruits community, corporate, and parent volunteers to assist them in carrying out major fundraising events and campaigns. We organize many school activities and always appreciate new volunteers. Mainspring feels that communication is an integral part of a successful school experience. In addition to parent collaboration and ILP meetings, we encourage parents to communicate with teachers via phone or email. Parents are also always welcome to request a meeting with their child’s team members. We truly believe that parent involvement is fundamental to student success.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

Mainspring Academy admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.