Enrollment Valley Day School

    For More Information Contact  

    Donna Albeser   

    215-295-1155, Ext. 100 



    The Valley Day School is an Approved Private School (APS) that serves public and charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We only can enroll students referred to us through a public school district or charter school, via the special education process, labeled as Emotionally Disturbed, Autistic or Neurologically Impaired. Individual families cannot enroll directly in VDS. 

    We admit students on a rolling basis throughout the school year and the summer months as space(s) become available. 

    Enrollment Process:

    Step 1:  The district or charter school will contact the VDS Admissions Office to inquire about enrollment opportunities for a possible referral candidate.

    Step 2:  The referring school forwards to VDS a formal referral package containing student's:

    • special education records,
    • school records,
    • relevant medical information, and
    • a letter on the school's stationery requesting pre-admission screening by VDS to determine the appropriateness of placement of the candidate when space is available.

    Step 3:  VDS reviews all received referrals to determine whether our licensure and policies allow us to consider the candidate for admission/enrolment, if our program can implement the student’s current IEP, and if it appears from the file review that we can safely provide the student with the identified additional programming and/or related services that are being sought by the referring IEP team. Occasionally, our intake team may request additional information or clarification from parents, the referring school, therapist, and/or agency staff who have worked with the candidate.

    Step 4:  Based on the initial screening, if we believe the student to be a viable candidate for VDS enrollment, we will notify the school of our initial findings. We will then contact the referring school and parent/care-provider to schedule a pre-admission student interview/evaluation and tour.

    Step 5:  Based on the results of the pre-admissions interview/evaluation, tour, and other available information, VDS will make a final determination as to whether we will offer to enroll the candidate.

    Step 6:  If the decision is to offer to enroll the candidate, VDS Admissions Office notifies the referring school in writing of the decision. VDS supplies the school 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.