Our thorough enrollment process ensures that every student at WCS is in the best possible environment to meet his or her educational needs. Through interviews, home visits, and school tours, you’ll get to know more about our school and we’ll be better equipped to provide you an honest evaluation of how well we can meet your child’s needs. We understand how valuable these years are, so we only accept students who we feel will receive benefit from treatment and education at WCS.
Once enrolled, we will work with you as a team to customize your child’s program to her or his specific needs. We firmly believe that school and home life have to be well coordinated in order for children to succeed. Parents who play an active role in their child’s education will get the most benefit from our school. While we possess the expertise needed to build an effective program for students, parental involvement and communication are the vital ingredients to make our program successful. We value that parents know their child better than anyone, and also that while children grow and education changes, parents are with a child for life, so parental feedback and direction are essential in all decisions we make here at WCS.
Step 1 – Getting Started
- Attend a tour: Here, you’ll meet the teachers, see the classrooms and learn more about our therapy programs. Tours are typically held the first Monday of each month at 9:45 am. Please RSVP via email for the tour so that we have a way of contacting you in case of a cancellation or schedule change. (*link to email that says “I would like to RSVP for the next tour. I will be bringing ___ adults and __ children. “)
- Complete the application: Applications are available at the end of the tour for parents who are interested. Once completed, parents should return the application by mail or by dropping the completed application at the school.
- Explore Visit: Once your application is reviewed, the director or head of school will contact you to schedule an “explore” visit. This is an unstructured time where your child can see the school, explore the classrooms, and play on the playground. Siblings and family members are welcome to attend. This also serves as an informal meeting for parents to discuss questions about the program and share vital information about what you value most for your child’s experience.
- 2-hour visit: This is a demand-free visit where your child will be encouraged to join the class at his or her comfort level. For some students, this 2-hour visit may be just playing in the same space as other children, other students are comfortable to participate in all of the class activities.
- Full-day visit: This is a demand-free visit where your child will be encouraged to join the class at his or her comfort level for a full school day. This allows your child to have exposure to all of the normal routines in the classroom. This is also a vital visit for our teachers to know what supports or items to have ready for your child’s first day of school.
Step 2 – Admission and Planning
- After your child’s 2-hour visit, we will inform you of our admission decision.
- If your child is admitted into our programs, we will schedule a brief meeting to set up a start date, discuss therapy recommendations, plan assessments, coordinate with other treatment providers, and most importantly, establish priorities that are most important for each child and his or her family.
Step 3 – Stay Connected
- Once your child has started attending, we will begin assessment.
- After 2-4 weeks for assessment to be completed, we will schedule an initial meeting to develop your child’s treatment plan and educational goals.
- Your teacher and therapists will communicate with you on a daily basis about what your child is working on and progress with his or her goals.
- The director, teacher, or therapists may schedule home visits or clinic visits with you for generalization of skills or coordination of treatment across environments, as needed.
- Every 4-6 months thereafter, your lead teacher, behavioral analyst, and the director or head of school will meet with parents to review, revise, & update plans as needed to ensure continued growth and learning for your child.