Admission Policy

Admission Policy

Admision Policy

All applications and evaluations are reviewed by the Admissions Team at St. Rita School for the Deaf. The Admissions Team consists of the evaluating teacher(s), Speech/Language Therapist, Director of Student Services, Assistant Principal, and Assistant Executive Director. The Admissions Team reviews the results of the student’s pre-admission evaluation, current IEP and IEP progress reports, psychological and medical reports, and school-based evaluations (current multi-factored evaluation or ETR). Any additional reports from outpatient therapy providers are also reviewed.
Minimum criteria for admission for include:

1A) A confirmed diagnosis of a sensorineural hearing loss or a permanent conductive hearing loss
OR
1B) A diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech with educationally relevant communication difficulties
AND
2) An established need for sign language to aid in receptive and/or expressive communication
3) A minimum level of independence within the classroom setting such that the student is able to learn and attend within a small group setting in which the student/adult ratio is 4:1 or higher
4) The ability to sustain visual attention with a signing adult during group classroom instruction
5) An intent to and interest in communicating with others in an educational setting.
Recommendations for admission are then made by the admission team to the Executive Director, based on whether or not St. Rita School for the Deaf can meet the student’s educational and communication needs.  A decision on admission will be made, and parents/guardians notified, within two weeks of completion of the assessment process. If all spaces within the accepted applicant’s grade level are filled, the student will be placed on a waiting list for the following school year. Parents/Guardians will be notified in writing of the admission decision, and if/when a space in their child’s grade becomes available.
St. Rita School for the Deaf does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, or ancestry in the admission of students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, or in its administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 

Contact Information
For more information on the programs offered at St. Rita School for the Deaf, or to schedule a tour, contact Angie Frith, Associate Executive Director at 513-771-7600 ext. 336 
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