Admissions

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The NCIA Youth in Transition School is appropriate for male and female students in grades 6–8, grades 9-12, and/or ages 11-21 whose primary handicapping condition is emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and/or autism. Students admitted to the school function academically below grade level and require a smaller individualized class setting. Levels of performance and reading levels are low, including some non-readers, with interests at a higher level. The NCIA Youth in Transition School does not limit admission based on IQ score or academic performance; however students who are medically fragile may not be appropriate for our school. Students who are admitted by a Local Education Agency (LEA) have continuously experienced a lack of success because of behavior problems and learning difficulties. These factors have led to frustration, lack of motivation, and negative attitudes towards education. All students receive educational services in the least restrictive environment, admission is only to be approved for students whose educational goals cannot be implemented in a less restrictive educational setting. The director of education, by July 1 of each year, sends to each LEA a copy of the admission policy, the description of the educational program, the school calendar, the school schedule, and a copy of the behavioral management plan for the school. The admissions process for the School begins with referrals from a LEA and/or other human service agencies requesting placement for adolescents who present therapeutic needs. Admission is determined on a case-by-case basis by the school’s management team. If the initial review warrants additional attention, the school coordinates interviews with the youth and his/her family. Following this review, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team determines if the school is effectively able to plan and implement an appropriate program for that youth. If the student is enrolled in the school, the director of education will see that the parent receives a copy of the school’s behavioral management plan, the school schedule, the school calendar, and a copy of the Student and Parent Handbook. For more information, please contact us: 410.944.9994