1. What are the criteria for students to attend Chartwell School?

Students aged 5-18 years can apply to Chartwell School. Results of a recent psycho-educational assessment must demonstrate that the student has average or above average cognitive ability (as shown on the WISC-IV) and is diagnosed with dyslexia or another language-based learning difficulty and/or ADD or ADHD. There must be evidence that the student understands his/her learning difficulty and is motivated to participate in Chartwell programs. For parents, there must be evidence of your commitment to Chartwell programs and policies as outlined in the Family Handbook.

2. What is the WISC and do I need to include an updated evaluation with the application form?

The WISC, or Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (4th or 5th Edition), is a standardized intelligence test. It forms part of a recognized battery of tests used to document learning disabilities, including dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. While the fact that your child has a learning difficulty does not change, an updated diagnosis often adds new insight into his/her learning styles.
If your child has not had an updated evaluation within two years of making an application to Chartwell, or if your child’s assessment is otherwise out of date, there are several ways of arranging an evaluation:
  • the school may refer you to a school psychologist to arrange for testing if your child is attending a public or charter school
  • there are psychologists in your local community or area who are in private practice and specialize in learning disabilities

3. Can parents make an application for their child to attend Chartwell at any time?

Applications made to Chartwell are considered as they are received – on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you apply for your child, the better your chances are for having your child admitted for the next school year. Should a vacancy occur, students who have been accepted after the deadline are placed on a waiting list. Students enrolled at Chartwell are selected on the basis of psycho-educational testing, previous school reports and transcripts, a completed application form and a personal or “shadow” interview.

4. Can students be admitted to Chartwell once the school year has started?

In general, applications should be received by July 31. However, we understand that many families only realize the need for a different type of learning environment after the school year has begun. We are happy to discuss your specific situation and students applying after this date will be considered (but acceptance is conditional on availability of space in the particular program or grade for which the student is applying).

5. What is the difference between a visit to Chartwell and the admissions interview?

A visit is a meeting parents schedule with the Director of Outreach and Family Engagement. It’s a chance for you to see the campus, tour the classrooms and ask any questions you may have about the school and its programs.

An admissions interview is a meeting we arrange after your child’s Application for Admissions file is complete and has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Prospective students for the Lower and Middle School will be involved in placement testing at this time to help us assess skill levels and will also be interviewed by the Division Head. Prospective students for the High School will be involved in a “shadow interview” and spend the day visiting classes. If the student hasn’t been to the school before, they will get a campus tour at this time and an opportunity to speak with students and ask any questions they have about the school and its programs.

6. Are there any times during the year when visits or admissions interviews can’t be scheduled?

Yes, there are times during the year when Chartwell is closed for holidays. The school is closed for two weeks in December for winter holidays and two weeks in March or April for Spring Break. There are also no classes scheduled on Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day.

Visits to Chartwell take place from Monday to Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Admissions interviews for the Lower and Middle School are arranged from Monday to Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Admissions shadow interviews in the High School are arranged from Monday to Friday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

7. Is there any financial assistance for my child to attend your school?

Through the generous support of a benefactor, the Tuition Support Fund provides a limited number of financial discounts reducing the cost of tuition by 15% for new students wishing to enroll at Chartwell.

Financial Aid opens each year in January for returning families and new families may apply if they have been accepted into a Chartwell program. Chartwell offers need-based financial aid awards in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. Our budget is limited and we seek to equitably distribute grants to students based on their family’s financial need. Awards are limited and are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so timely applications are important. Financial aid requests are submitted through FAST, an online system for determining need-based financial assistance.

8. What if I have more questions?

The Admissions Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@chartwell.org or call 831-394-3468 ext. 1025 to ask any questions you have.
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