In order to be considered for admission to the Darnell School, a student should meet the following criteria:
- Have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or another developmental disability
- Be between the ages of 9-22 years
- Have demonstrated that his or her educational needs cannot be met within a less restrictive setting within his or her school district
In order to initiate the admission process:
- Local school districts make a formal referral to the Darnell School.
- Once a referral is received both the school district and the family are contacted and invited to tour the school.
- The Darnell School staff will then gather further information through interview of family, previous educational placement, review of records and an observation of the child.
- An application is sent to the school district and is completed by the school and family.
- When the completed application is received a decision is made to accept or deny admission to the school and this decision is communicated in writing.
- After offering admission, the Darnell School staff work with the family and the school district to ensure that all relevant information is in place and a plan is formed for transitioning the student.
Typically referral information is provided by the school district. Information included as part of the referral should include relevant assessments and evaluations, along with a current Individual Education Plan (IEP). Additional information is always welcomed.
(this application cannot be completed & submitted online; please print, complete & mail)