Referral & Application
Students are referred to St. Rita School for the Deaf through their local public school district, early intervention service coordinator, physician, or their parent/guardian. All referrals including inquiries should go through the Associate Executive prior to setting up a tour. Once the referral is made, the staff will contact the parent/guardian to set up a tour of St. Rita School for the Deaf and review the student's educational and medical records. Parents/Guardians are asked to complete an application for admission, and to provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate, current multi-factored evaluation (called an ETR in Ohio), current IEP, recent IEP progress reports, and medical reports indicating all diagnoses (medical, hearing, and psychological). Outpatient therapy evaluations and progress notes are also requested when applicable.
After the initial tour, the parent/guardian will be asked to schedule a second visit with the student for a pre-admission evaluation to provide an analysis of baseline skills, as well as to identify
priorities for special education & related services. This evaluation is usually completed either
at 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM Monday-Friday for preschool students, by appointment.
Students in grades K-12 are evaluated at various times by appointment during
regular school hours (7:45 AM-2:45 PM), Monday-Friday.
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, Principals, and Associate 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.
In making the decision for placement at St. Rita School for the Deaf, the Admissions Team will be responsible for giving input so the principals can determine appropriate placement that will include the student’s teacher and grade level.