For Linden Grove School to consider a new student, the applicant must follow the process below:
Parent tour of the school
Other pertinent information or reports
- Parent Tour: (must be planned ahead of time) will meet with the Head of School to discuss your goals and desires for your child, as well as answer questions about the program. At most, three observers can be accommodated at a time. This observation is generally for adults only.
- Submit your online application: click HERE. You will be asked to create an account, complete an electronic application, and upload a current copy of your child’s IEP, ETR, most recent progress notes, and your child's picture. Packets are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, except for LGS siblings granted priority admissions. If we complete a mid-year admission, we must consider the exact groupings available and the needs of the “next in line” applicant. If the “next in line” applicant's needs cannot be met based on the current groupings available, we may move on to the next applicant on the list. The original applicant will remain on the Admissions List in such a case.
- Turn in any other pertinent information or reports that you think will be helpful to “get to know your child” on paper.
Observations & Visitations
Recommendation for Placement
- A staff member may visit the student’s current program for observation. This is always done for K-2 students.
- Permission for your child’s current SLP to complete a speech and language checklist may be needed for children speaking in two to three-word sentences. A short video representing optimal communication skills may also be requested. LGS will initiate this request if needed.
- Phone or face-to-face conference with the Behavior Coordinator, as needed.
Pay a non-refundable, one-time $250.00 application fee once you are contacted to start the admissions process. This is a separate fee from the annual Registration Fee and must be paid by the date of testing.
- Informal evaluation with the OT, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Assistant Head of School (approximately 1 – 1.5 hours). The child will also meet his/her team of teachers and be given a tour of the school.
Students will return for a full-day visit in the appropriate classroom setting. Some students may visit for more than one day or in smaller increments, pending their need to ease into the setting. Younger students often visit for a ½ visit, followed by a full-day visit.
- A team decision will determine a recommendation for placement. Parents will be notified within three business days. If placement is offered, a $300 annual registration fee and registration forms must be completed within a designated timeframe (typically two weeks). Families requesting financial assistance can find information in their child’s acceptance letter. To be considered, tuition assistance applications must be received by Facts Management within 30 days of the date on the official acceptance letter.
- All new students are admitted based on an eight-week probationary period. Students may be disenrolled by choice of the school or parents at any time during their probationary period without financial penalty. Families will only be responsible for tuition and fees when the student attends Linden Grove School.
LGS often has waitlists (sometimes for 1-2 years, other times, less time). If placement is not immediately available, the student will be placed on a waiting list for future placement.
Families may “pass” twice on completing the admissions process and/or accepting a slot for the upcoming school year and keep their child's name on the waitlist with the original date the packet was received. After two passes, the child's name can no longer roll over to the admissions list. A family would need to start the admissions process over if they choose to enroll in the future.
Linden Grove School recruits and admits students of any race, color, gender, or ethnic origin to all its rights, privileges, programs, and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs and athletics/extracurricular activities. Furthermore, the school is not intended as an alternative to court or administrative order, or public school-initiated desegregation.