Admissions - Hearing and Speech Agency


The admissions process for all Gateway School programs begins with a referral from a parent/guardian, outside professional, or local school system and the completion of an application for admission. Your child’s application and records will be reviewed and a preadmission visit will be scheduled by our admissions team.

Comprised of experienced Gateway teachers and therapists, the admissions team may request additional information or assessments before making a decision. Throughout the admissions process, we will keep you informed and are eager to answer your questions whenever they arise.

Criteria for Admission

Gateway School accepts a student for admission if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • 2 through 15 years of age or currently enrolled in kindergarten or Grades 1 through 8.
  • Formal diagnosis or FCI code for one or more of the following primary disabilities:  autism, developmental delay, hearing impairment, other health impairment, multiple disabilities, or speech or language impairment.
  • autism, developmental delay, hearing loss, other health impairment, and speech and language impairment.
  • Present levels of academic performance: 12-18 months through 15 years or kindergarten or Grades 1 through 8.
  • If there are behavior problems, such as tantrums, impulsivity or non-compliance, the behavior problems are secondary to the primary disability.
  • Cognitive/psychological, educational, and/or speech/language assessments/screenings for the student are available for review.

When a referral packet is received from the Local School System (LSS), or a parent/guardian submits a Gateway School Application for Admission with student records, the educational director, or designated staff member, reviews the student’s records.  If Gateway School appears to be a viable school placement, the student will be scheduled for a pre-admission visit.  Following the pre-admission visit, a multi-disciplinary admissions team, which consists of the educational director, the behavior specialist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a speech-language pathologist, and a special educator will meet to consider the criteria for admission and to determine the student’s eligibility for placement in the school.

If the student does not meet the criteria for admission, the parent/guardian and/or the LSS are informed in writing of the school’s decision. If the student meets the criteria for admission, and there is an opening in an appropriate classroom, the parent/guardian and/or LSS representative will be informed of acceptance in writing.  At that time, an enrollment contract will be forwarded to the parent/guardian or a cost sheet will be sent to the LSS.

Please note:  In August of each year, the Criteria for Admissions will be distributed by the school’s administrative assistant to each local school system responsible for nonpublic placement of Gateway students.


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