Admission

Is Temple Grandin the right school for me?

Temple Grandin School welcomes inquiries on behalf of any student who might benefit from our program. We are an inclusive community that values each student’s uniqueness, whether or not they have an identified diagnosis. Our staff works closely with the students and families in our program to create an individualized learning plan that helps students attain the social and academic skills they need to develop their talents. We have thoughtfully designed each aspect of our curriculum to meet the unique needs of students with Asperger’s Syndrome; however, we recognize that all types of students may benefit from one or more of our program components, including:

  • Small classes with experienced, caring teachers and support staff
  • Challenging academic curriculum
  • Integrated social and organizational skills coaching
  • Real-world learning experiences
  • Personalized learning to support individual passions
  • Strength-based approach to special education support
  • Sensory processing and self-regulation instruction and support
  • A “sensory sensitive” school environment
  • Frequent, supportive communication with families to address questions, concerns, and program planning

TGS’ Core Program is designed for students who meet the following social, academic, and behavioral criteria:

SOCIAL

  • Desire to join, support, and participate in the Temple Grandin School community
  • Wish to improve themselves, in both their strengths and challenges
  • Benefit from a secondary program that puts equal emphasis on social and academic development

ACADEMIC

  • Average to above-average intelligence, as measured by a standardized cognitive assessment
  • Reading and math at or above grade level, as measured by a standardized academic assessment
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and/or engagement with learning academic content

BEHAVIORAL

  • Consistent ability to interact positively with peers and adults in the school and community setting
  • Responsive to verbal redirection from teachers and support staff
  • Consistent ability to function independently in a small group classroom setting

Because we are committed to the success of each student enrolled in our program, we take time to get to know each applicant during the admissions process, which includes a detailed written application, submission of past school records and a comprehensive assessment profile, student/family interview, and on-site visit/observation. All application materials are reviewed by our Admissions Team, which includes behavioral, counseling and academic staff. In some cases, Admissions team members may also request to observe students in their current school settings.

Final admissions decisions are at the discretion of TGS staff, and will consider the individual student’s needs as well as the needs of other members of the TGS community. For the good of all our students and families, we will only accept students we feel we can serve well. Students who need additional social-emotional or behavioral support to meet the above criteria may be candidates for our Counseling Support or Behavior Support Programs.