Frequently Asked Admissions Questions
Q: What are the school hours and school year length?
A: The Rebecca School offers a 12 month school year. Our Monday – Thursday school day begins at 8:30AM and ends at 3PM. Friday afternoon dismissal is at 12:30PM. Bussing is provided by OPT for students whose IEP mandates transportation.
Q: What is the application process for The Rebecca School?
A: Parents are asked to submit an online Tour Request Form. Once we have received your request, our Director of Admissions, Liz O’Shea, will call you to schedule a tour. You will receive a brochure by mail prior to your tour date. When you arrive at Rebecca School for your tour, you will receive an application. During the tour, parents will have opportunities to meet the Admissions Director, the Program Director and the Educational Supervisor. They also have the opportunity to observe the current children and teachers in the classroom and school environment, to determine if they wish to apply to our school. Parents are encouraged to ask questions at this time and learn as much as possible about our program.
Q: What is the difference between a Tour Request Form and an Application Form?
A: The Tour Request Form tells the Director of Admissions that your family would like to tour our school. It does not indicate your interest in applying to our school, so please be sure to submit a completed application by the deadline, if you would like your child to be considered for admission.
Q: When can I request a tour?
A: Tour Request Forms for the 2017‐2018 school year are available on our website. Tours are held monthly and are grouped by child’s year of birth.
Q: How much time should we set aside for the tour?
A: A tour lasts approximately an hour and a half. Tours begin promptly at 10AM. Parents who arrive more than 15 minutes late must re-schedule.
Q: Do we bring our child on the tour?
A: Tours are for adults only. If a space is offered to your child and you accept it, then your child will have a chance to visit the school at a later date.
Q: Can tours be rescheduled?
A: We will do our best to accommodate schedule changes. While we wish we could honor all rescheduling requests, it may not be possible due to the limited number of available appointments.
Q: What is the deadline for the 2017-18 school year?
A: Although we have a rolling admissions schedule, if you wish to have your child begin the summer session, your application must be received by April 30, 2017. If your child will begin the fall semester, your application must be received by July 15, 2017.
Q: Is there an application fee:
A: A $100 non-refundable application fee should accompany your completed application.
Q: Is the Rebecca School funded by the BOE?
A: The Rebecca School is a private school and is considered a unilateral private school placement for your child.
Q: Do you interview parents and/or children?
A: The Rebecca School application process includes an assessment by the Clinical Director, Dr. Gil Tippy. The FEAS (Functional Emotional Assessment Scale) is scheduled once the completed application has been received. Parent and child together will spend 30 minutes in a play interaction. Parent questions can be addressed following the FEAS by meeting with our Program Director, Tina McCourt.
Q: Are applications considered on a first come, first served basis?
A: Every family who tours and submits a completed application will be considered for admission.
Q: I applied last year but was not offered a space. Do I have to reapply this year?
A: Yes, you will have to send updated documents and schedule a follow-up FEAS, but the $100 fee will be waived.
Q: What if I need more information?
A: We welcome your questions and look forward to providing you with any information that can assist you with the application process. Please contact our Director of Admissions, Liz O’Shea, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 212-810-4120 extension 234