Admissions Process

sittingMilestones is year-round and has open enrollment. We are currently accepting referrals for the 2016-2017 school year.

Tour Information

Tours are scheduled directly with our Head of Admissions, Sarah Folk. For questions about openings, our program or to schedule a tour you may email Sarah Folk, or call her at 781-895-3200 x135.

At Milestones, we appreciate the involved, and sometimes overwhelming process of finding an appropriate school placement for your child or student. Our tours are designed to provide an opportunity for parents, advocates, and school liaisons to get a first-hand look at our program in order to assist in making an informed decision. Referrals are not required to attend a tour.

The informational tour conducted by Sarah Folk, Head of Admissions, consists of a general introduction to the program, a tour of the facility and a question/answer session. Tours generally last about an hour and a half.

These informational tours are for parents and professionals and not intended for children. We respectfully ask that you please do not bring your child to this information session.

Admission Process

We understand changing schools can be stressful for both child and family. To assist with a smooth transition, we can complete the admissions steps in as little as 1-2 weeks.

Step One: Agreement to Out-of-District Placement
The school district and parents decide and agree that the child will placed out of district.

Step Two: Agreement to Refer to Milestones
This district and parents agree to consider Milestones as a placement and send a referral packet which includes the student’s records for us to review.

notebookStep Three: Record Review and Intake
Milestones will review your child’s records. Reviewing records gives us important information regarding his/her level of functioning within their current school environment, but this can only provide so much information. In order to get a more complete picture of your child, the next step is the intake.

The intake is the first step of getting to know your child in a way that written evaluations may not portray. During this 45-60 minute visit, the potential student would meet with our Head of Admissions, and in some cases, an additional staff member. The intake consists of a personalized tour throughout the school, and an opportunity to share information or ask/answer questions.

Step Four: 3-Day Visit
If we feel your child may be a good match for our program, we will invite your child to spend three days with us where your child will partake in Milestones academic and therapeutic activities in the potential classroom s/he may be joining. This provides your child with an opportunity to meet peers and staff while experiencing what a day at Milestones will be like. It also affords us the opportunity to see if our curriculum, teachers, and peers, may be a good match for your child.

Step Five: Admission Determination
After your child’s 3-day visit, our admissions team convenes to determine if we can meet your child’s needs and if Milestones is a good placement for him/her. If we believe Milestones will be a good placement, we will notify the district and family by calling and sending an acceptance letter within 2 days of the conclusion of the 3-day visit.

Step Six: District/Family Decision & Start Date
If the district and family agree to send the child to Milestones, we can select a start date for your child.

Step Seven: Post Admission – Meeting the Team
Soon after a new student starts at Milestones, your designated Case Manager will contact you to schedule a “Meet and Greet.” This meeting provides an opportunity to introduce you to your child’s entire team, including therapeutic staff, academic staff, the Principal for your child’s class and your child’s Case Manager (students do not attend this meeting).

Step Eight: Post Admission – Evaluations & Assessments
Soon after starting at Milestones, your child’s team will determine whether it is appropriate and beneficial for your child to be evaluated further through assessment. If assessments are recommended, you will receive a consent-to-evaluate form from Milestones or your sending District. Once Milestones or our district has received the signed consent, we will initiate a comprehensive assessment of your child that will be completed within 45 school days. The objective of this assessment process is to glean the information necessary to most effectively education and support your child.

Step Nine: Post Admission – Initial IEP Development & Meeting
Milestones will reach out to your district to schedule a team meeting in order to develop your child’s IEP for the new school year, based on the recommendations of the evaluators. In some cases, extenuating circumstances may alter the time frame in which a meeting is scheduled. This IEP meeting would include parents, a district representative, and your child’s Milestones team.

Funding the Placement

Most children are placed and funded by their school district, however, Milestones does accept privately placed students as well.

Milestones Day School admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identification,, or disability and affords to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.