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The Valley Day School is an Approved Private School (APS) that serves regular public schools and charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These schools are known as Local Educational Agencies (LEA’s). We only can enroll students referred to us through LEA’s via the special education process labeled as Emotionally Disturbed, Autistic or Neurologically Impaired. Individual families cannot enroll directly in VDS.
The VDS admissions process operates on a rolling basis throughout the school year and the summer months. We process referrals and offer to admit and enroll students as appropriate space(s) become available.
To begin the enrollment process, the LEA will contact VDS to inquire about enrollment opportunities for a possible referral candidate. If interest continues, LEA will send VDS Administration a formal referral package containing, the referred student’s school records (including their most current ER/RR and IEP), relevant medical information, and a letter on the LEA’s letterhead stationery requesting pre-admission screening by VDS to determine the appropriateness of placement of the candidate at VDS, if and when, appropriate space is available.
VDS intake personnel promptly review all received referral packages (initial screening) to determine whether our licensure and policies allow VDS to consider the referred candidate for admission/enrolment, if our program can implement the referred student’s current IEP, and if it appears from the file review that VDS can safely provide the referred student with the identified additional programming and/or related services that are being sought by the referring IEP team.
On occasion, VDS intake personnel may seek additional information or clarification from parents, or the LEA, or therapist, or agency staff who have worked with the candidate. Based on this initial screening, if VDS intake personnel consider the referral to be a viable candidate for possible VDS enrolment, VDS personnel will notify the LEA of our initial findings. VDS then contacts the LEA and parent/guardian/care-provider to schedule a pre-admission student interview/evaluation and tour.
Based on the results of the pre-admissions interview/evaluation, tour, and other available information, VDS intake personnel and VDS Administration make a final determination as to whether VDS will offer to enroll the candidate if there is space available. If the decision is to offer to enroll the candidate, VDS administration notifies the LEA in writing of the decision and supplies the referring LEA with a detailed written description of tuition costs, invoicing, deadlines, and other terms and conditions governing Valley Day School’s written offer to enroll the referred candidate.