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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

The Gladys H. Oberle School in accordance with state and federal law maintains and actively guards our policy of nondiscrimination for reasons of race, religion, national origin, or disability.  In order to ensure that the placement is appropriate and to protect the safety and well-being of students enrolled in The Gladys H. Oberle School, the following criteria must be met. 

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     Be at least 11 and no older than 22 years of age

     Be able to cognitively process verbal communication

     Be able to attend an all-day school setting with accommodations for students with:

 

Autism

Emotional Disorders

Intellectual Disability

Specific Learning Disability

Other Health Impairment

Visually Impaired (including blindness)

Hearing Impaired

Speech or Language Impairment

Multiple Disabilities

     Have an IEP written by the LEA that includes private day school as placement

     or an Independent Instructional Plan written by the Oberle School

     Be able to benefit from a small, flexible, self-paced instructional environment

     Be able to benefit from an individualized behavior management program

     Be able to benefit from comprehensive transitional services

     Be able to manage their own medication

Students with the following characteristics will not be considered:

 

Actively suicidal or homicidal

Actively experiencing visual and/or auditory hallucinations when on medication or are so disoriented in thought processes that they present a safety hazard to themselves or others

Persistent assaultive behaviors when medicated

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ADMISSION PROCESS

1

Referral

Schools, social service agencies, mental health agencies, court systems, family assessment and planning teams (FAPT), parent/guardians, or students may make referrals. The following information is needed to consider a student for placement:

 

  • Completed Application

  • Most current psychological, educational, and social history

  • Most current eligibility documentations for students in need of special education

  • A current IEP for students in need of special education

  • A current psychiatric evaluation, if appropriate

  • A medical history to include updated immunization records and a comprehensive physical examination

  • Current school records including discipline records, report cards and transcripts of earned credits for high school students, Academic and Career Plan, and SOL testing results

  • Other reports where applicable

2

Meet and Tour

Once a referral has been received, the Program Coordinator will review the student’s records and arrange a tour and interview with the student, parent/guardian and referring agency.

3

Admission

Decision

 

After the interview and a final records review, the Program Coordinator will confer with the referring agency and the family to determine the appropriateness of the placement. 

Notification of the admission decision will be made to the family and the referring agency.

Upon acceptance, an enrollment application will be provided to the parent/guardian. In the event placement at Oberle is not deemed appropriate and admission is denied, the Program Coordinator shall make every effort to suggest a more appropriate placement, making referrals when possible.

4

Enrollment

After the acceptance letter has been offered, an IEP meeting will be scheduled with the IEP team to determine the most appropriate goals and services necessary for the student to be successful. A start date will be also be determined.

Students are enrolled on a 30-day trial basis.  The student’s performance is measured, documented, and reported.  Unless extreme circumstances call for immediate action, no student will be terminated without a conference with the parent/guardian, student, a Gladys H. Oberle School representative and a public school representative.