For Families

Referrals to Dearborn Academy

We understand the out-of-district placement process can be stressful for families, but we are here to help. If your student’s IEP team recommends an out-of-district school placement, your special education director will send a referral packet to several schools. If Dearborn Academy is one of those schools, our admissions team will carefully review your student's needs and history. If we think our educational and therapeutic services will be a good fit for their needs, we'll contact you to arrange a formal interview for you and your student.

The Admissions Process

A family's first visit to Dearborn Academy will include a tour of the school and a conversation about our program with our team. We hope you will ask a lot of questions, because we want you to be able to make an informed decision. Please let us know in advance if you would like to have a translator at that meeting, and we will work out the details with your public school district. 

At that first meeting, we'll review your student's previous and current school experiences, needs and goals. If together we agree to take the next step, we may then invite them for a day-long visit. They will spend the day as a student in the school, meeting our teachers, counselors and students. At the end of the day, we meet with your student to talk about their impressions.  

A member of our team will then call the family and school system with our decision. We try to make our decision promptly to avoid any further delay in your student's education. Most families will have a decision within two days. Once a student has been admitted, Dearborn's public school liaison works with the school system and parent to complete any needed IEP paperwork and arrange for transportation.

The next step? We'll help you make a successful transition to your new school—and welcome you to Dearborn.

Private Pay Option

Although most students come to us through referrals from their districts, we are also able to enroll students on a private pay basis. There is no separate application. If you are interested in a private placement, please let us know. We will ask you to provide us with your student's IEP, school records and assessments. We will then arrange an interview. If you are interested in pursuing a private pay placement for a student in grades 3-8, please contact:

Head of School Rebecca Altepeter