Step 1: Get in touch
The admissions process typically starts with a phone call from a parent, guardian, or the student’s school district. LSA’s Executive Director Karen Staines will answer any questions you may have – and ask you many questions about your child. You can then schedule a tour of LSA. (Some parents choose to submit the application before their visit.)
Step 2: Parent visit to LSA
When you come to LSA, you will meet with the Executive Director for a more in-depth conversation about your child and what LSA can offer. You’ll take a tour of the school and meet the students, educators, and staff who make up our community. The visit usually takes 1-1½ hours.
Step 3: Apply for admission
If LSA seems like an appropriate match for the student, then the parents or guardians complete an application and submit information about the student, including:
- A current Individual Education Plan (if there is one)
- Any recent evaluations
- Samples of the student’s work
- Anything else that may help the admission team learn about the applicant
Step 4: Application review
Once the submission is complete, the admissions team will review the information. (The team includes the Executive Director, the Education Director, and other staff as needed.) If it appears that LSA can serve the student, then he or she will be invited to spend a day at LSA.
Step 5: Applicant visit to LSA
The applicant will attend a typical schedule of classes with a current student who acts as a peer guide for the day. The visit gives prospective students a chance to experience what it’s like to be part of our community of learners. It also gives the staff an opportunity to better understand the child and his or her abilities and challenges.
Step 6: Evaluation and decision
After further discussion, the admissions team determines whether LSA is a good fit for the child. A decision for admittance to LSA is usually made within a week of the application’s visit. (In some cases, a child may be invited back to the school for a second visit.)
Step 7: Enrolling
If the student is admitted into LSA, they will be invited to enroll. Students may enroll at any point during the school year, as long as there is an opening. Upon acceptance, all of the necessary paperwork is sent to the family. New students are required to have a current physical exam. (We follow the recommendations of the state of New Hampshire regarding immunizations and medication administration.)