Admissions Process

We’re excited to connect with you! Our goal is to ensure a seamless admissions process. Any questions? Email Admissions.

Our goal throughout the admissions process is to get to know your child and your family as a whole. Many of our students have struggled in traditional school settings and may not have been fully understood and accepted. We approach the admissions process thoughtfully and thoroughly to ensure a strong fit between the child and our program. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your child soon. Also, feel free to browse our admissions brochure.

Step one

initial inquiry

Families are encouraged to begin the admissions process by calling the school and speaking with the Director of Admissions. This preliminary phone call will allow the family to learn more about the school and start to determine if it would be an appropriate placement for their child.

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Step two

submit application

An admissions application must be submitted online. The application includes a current neuropsychological and psychological evaluation, teacher or specialist recommendation form, current IEP, school transcripts and report cards (if applicable) and a recent photograph.

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Step three

Come for a visit

Designed for families, your visit will include informal assessment and an interview for your child. At the same time, parent(s) will interview with the Head of School.

Step 4

Student Shadow Day

If all parties agree the student could be a good fit for the program, there will be a shadow day. On the day, the applicant will be matched up with a current student and move through their schedule for the day. They may participate in a brief interview with an instructional faculty member during this visit.

Step 5

application approval

All prior steps lead to a formal admission decision. Acceptance is determined on a rolling basis. Parents will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision within two weeks of your child’s shadow day.

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financial aid

Villa realizes that families are making a significant commitment to send their children to our school. We strive to make it possible for students to attend our school regardless of their family’s financial resources. Admissions decisions are made independent of financial need.

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need help?

Have any questions? Contact Elise Brody, Director of Admissions, at 203-322-5886, ext 104 or email admissions@villamariaschool.org.

Admissions Brochure

Our admissions brochure is a valuable tool to help you explore the opportunities and offerings we provide. We encourage you to take a look and embark on your journey to discover all that Villa Maria School has to offer.

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