Admission Process

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The Day School at The Children's Institute welcomes new students and their families to our school throughout the school year. Our unique ability to meet the needs of students with complex and severe disabilities is recognized both locally and nationally. Learn more about our referral process process below:

The Referral Process

School District Referral

Typically, school-age students are referred by their local school district when it is determined that the district is unable to provide an appropriate educational program for a student.

Parents and guardians who are interested in having their child enroll at The Day School are welcome to inquire about our programming. However, we strongly encourage parents and guardians to make their school district officials aware of their interest in The Day School. Many families discuss the possibility of an out-of-district placement with their school district first and then schedule a tour of The Day School, along with a school district representative.

Medical Referral

Students who are enrolled at The Day School are typically referred by their school districts. However, we welcome medical professionals and related service providers to inquire about The Day School's programs for their clients.

Parent Referral

It is possible for a family whose school district does not refer their child for enrollment to establish a private pay contract with The Day School.

Getting Started

Families and school districts interested in exploring the possibility of enrolling a student at The Day School can get more detailed information about the admission process by contacting our Enrollment Coordinator, Ashley Harland, at 412-420-2222 or

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