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The first step in the enrolment process is to attend an open day or schedule a tour of the school. As a unique school setting it is important to us for parents to visit the school, talk to the team and see what we do.
Referrals for enrolment must meet the following criteria:
- Child must have a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Diagnosis must be supported by a formal assessment and report from a Psychiatrist or Clinical Psychologist using the DSM-V and should include evidence of persistent impairment in reciprocal social communication and social interaction, and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour, interest and activities. Symptoms must be present from early childhood and limit or impair everyday functioning. The report/ diagnosis must be no more than 2 years old at the time of enrolment
- Children with multiple diagnoses or associated disorders will also be consider provided their primary diagnosis is that of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Children may be of any sex, race, or socio-economic status
- Children must be aged between 4 years and 6 months and 7 years and 11 months as of the 1st of February of the year of commencement at Woodbury
The application process is designed to give a thorough overview of each potential student’s current needs, to ensure we as a school can provide an effective and meaningful education.
As a small school, enrolment is dependent on an appropriate vacancy within a classroom being available. This ensures that students are placed with appropriate peers, and in a setting which best meets their needs.
Provided all eligibility requirements are met, applications are assessed based on the following criteria:
- Woodbury’s current ability to meet the child’s learning and behavioural needs
- Parents’ commitment to become actively involved in and initiate fundraising activities for Woodbury as well as engagement in parent committee work
- Children who reside in the Baulkham Hills Shire will be given preference over children who do not, providing all other criterial are equal
- Parents or care-givers agree to give one term’s notice in writing to the school when a decision has been made to exit the school. In default of this provision being honoured, an equivalent to 25% of the current years full costs, in lieu of notice will be payable.
There are six steps to the application process:
Step 1: The application form is lodged following the initial family visit. Completion of the form provides us with information on the child, their current and previous education history as well as an overview of their skills. Applications are submitted with:
- An accompanying video for review by the clinical team.
- Confirmation of the diagnosis
- Processing fee of $100
- Immunisation certification
- Other relevant reports- Speech, OT, Medical, Educations, Psychologist
- For students who are born outside of Australia, evidence of Permanent Residency Status within Australia (Australian Citizen Certificate, Australian Passport, or alternatively a copy of their current visa) must be provided at time of submitting application for enrolment.
Step 2: The application is reviewed to determine all eligibility requirements and general criteria are met.
Step 3: Initial assessment during which time the child’s skills and behaviours will be assessed within a classroom setting. Initial assessment also includes a parent interview to provide additional information on the child as well as gather information on the parent’s aims and goals for their child’s schooling.
Step 4: Clinical team meet to review all elements of the application, associated documentation and outcome of the assessment to determine child’s suitability to Woodbury at the current time.
Step 5: Final decision; Clinical Director will relay to parents the outcome and in conjunction with parents will determine if Woodbury is the appropriate placement at this time.
Step 6: Formal placement offer is sent via letter along with enrolment pack and relevant information.