You’ll find the admissions process at New Alliance Academy to be straightforward, uncomplicated and thorough in assessing the individualized requirements of the student. Each step is an opportunity to highlight the student’s achievements, as well as take into account shifting needs and priorities, so that education and therapy can be fine-tuned as the student grows and changes.
The emphasis is always on maintaining the student in the least restrictive environment. New Alliance Academy has a Short Term track that facilitates re-integration into public or private school as early as possible.
New Alliance Academy has a rolling admission policy, so students who are eligible for out-of-district placement may begin classes at any time during the year.
The Admissions Process
Students who are considered for admission are first recommended by their district’s Child Study Team (CST). The CST is a multidisciplinary group of professionals that provides parents and teachers with consultative, evaluative and prescriptive services for students who are experiencing academic difficulties. A typical CST consists of a psychologist, a learning disabilities consultant, a social worker and, often, a speech/language therapist.
Making the best match of school and student is a complex endeavor. New Alliance Academy Directors are always available to assist families during the Child Study Team process.
Once academic and medical records are reviewed, the student and their family will attend an intake session. The student will meet with the program director and principal and also have the opportunity to be introduced to teachers, learning strategists and therapists.
The initial interview, as well as the review of educational and treatment records, will assist the family, student and school in determining if New Alliance Academy is the best possible educational placement. Our goal is to help students and families make the best decision based on good information and deliberation.
Below is an example of the timeline followed by many students at New Alliance Academy.
- Identify needs
- Meet with Director and Principal
- Develop a plan
30 Day Review
- Formal meeting with student, family and district
- Confirm academic and clinical goals/objectives
- Solidify plan
Three Month Track
- Evaluate progress and determine next step
Six Month Track
- Highlight achievements
- Continue to identify best plan for promoting and maintaining student success
One Year+ Track
- Review student’s individualized educational program
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