Admissions Procedures

The admissions process starts with the student’s public school system. Once the public school system has made a referral, parents and guardians contact Gifford’s Admissions Office to come for an initial meeting and tour. If all parties agree that this is a potentially good placement for the student, then the student comes back to visit with the parents. 

  1. Application to The Gifford School begins with a referral from the public school system. Parents and clinicians may also initiate an inquiry.

  2. A packet of referral information prepared by the public school and the parents is reviewed by The Gifford School Admissions Committee.

  3. Referral information usually includes a recent IEP, current school functioning, an academic and cognitive profile, diagnostic assessments, and any pertinent clinical information.

  4. If appropriate, interviews follow, which allow Gifford staff and most importantly, the student, family, and public school to determine if Gifford is a suitable placement.

  5. In most cases, tuition and transportation are the responsibility of the sending public school system.

  6. Open enrollment decisions regarding admission and placement are based on the right match between school and student.

For more information, please contact Kristi Penman, Admissions Director or by phone at 781-899-9500 x1026.

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