Do you accept students once the school year has begun?
Yes. We believe it is better for children to come to us in the middle of a school year than stay in an unhealthy environment.
What are the admissions criteria?
We have an extensive admissions process that includes an admission package completed by the parents, an admission meeting with both of our Executive Directors, the prospective student spending some time with our Supervising Teacher, a student assessment and creation of an individualized learning plan. We will not accept any applications, however, if the child does not meet our three admissions criteria:
- Students must have a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many of our students will have more than one diagnosis, i.e., ADHD, Anxiety; however, their primary diagnosis must be ASD.
- We do not take any children who exhibit violent or physically violent behaviour. If there is any history at all of violent behaviour, we cannot take the student. We are not a therapy centre and thus are not equipped to handle any sort of violent behaviour. Should a child exhibit any violent behaviour toward any staff member or any student, they will be expelled immediately.
- Students must be able to access and advance through the Ontario Curriculum at some level. We do not believe that children should be placed in a grade level because their age states that is the grade they should be in. Each of our students has individualized learning plans based on their unique barriers and assessments we have done. A child may be 12 years old and only working at a grade 1 level; however, if that child can advance through the grade 1 curriculum, they are eligible to attend our school.
Do you allow students to attend with their own aid?
Absolutely! This is one thing Serena Thompson, one of our Executive Directors, feels very strongly about. If a child has developed a relationship with an aid, and that child requires the aid to attend school with them in order for the child to be successful, that aid is more than welcome to attend with the child. It is our goal to ensure that every student is as successful as possible. We will work with any team member a child has to ensure their success.
If a child does not have an aid but requires 1:1 support, can you provide that?
Currently, we do not provide 1:1 support; however, we can help families hire an aid to assist their child.