Transitions

Coming to Dearborn

The Dearborn Academy admissions coordinator works closely with referring school systems, parents and the student to ensure as smooth a transition to Dearborn as possible. Looking for a new school can be stressful for students and their parents. Our admissions team works closely with families to be sure that Dearborn will be a good match for their student. We are a great school, and we want to be sure that we can provide just what your student needs to be successful. Learn more about our admissions process.

Transitioning Back to your Public School or Another Program

When a student is ready to move on from Dearborn, he or she continues to have our full support. This includes communication throughout the year with the student’s parents and school system to consider the possibility of a move. We provide clear information about the student’s progress and skill levels; ongoing educational, communication and clinical needs and program supports needed for the student to be successful. Once a decision is made to look at new schools, our staff will offer as much support as the family wants to explore potential schools and will meet with staff from these schools and provide information about the student

In the past several years, between 30 and 50 percent of the students who are ready to leave us have returned to public school. Some of our students are eager to return to their home district. We're proud of the progress they make and the hard work they do to recover from gaps in their learning. Before they go, we make sure that everything is in place for the new school to address their special learning, counseling and behavioral needs.

Other students may continue to need more support as they advance. They may have more complex needs or need additional work or guidance to succeed. Our high school program or other alternative day-school program may be excellent choices. Our staff will explore potential schools with students and parents and discuss options.

At Dearborn, we strive to meet ongoing educational and clinical needs, even after students leave our program. Our staff communicates throughout the year with both the parents and the receiving school system, helping ease and support the student's transition.