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Most students are referred to The LEAD Center by their local school division or their home school. In order to be considered as a potential enrollment for The LEAD Center, the student would need to have a current IEP with a placement decision of “private day school.”

This typically means that the student has educational or behavioral needs that require a more restrictive learning environment. If this decision has been made by your child’s IEP team, then your child could be considered as a potential enrollment.


In order for a student to be considered for enrollment at The LEAD Center, the sending locality and parent must provide the following information:

  • Current IEP, signed
  • Completed Enrollment Application
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Immunization Record
  • Sociological Evaluation
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Eligibility Minutes

An enrollment decision will be made by the enrollment team within 48 hours of receiving all required documentation. The LEAD Center only accepts students that meet the set criteria of the program. If the student is accepted into the LEAD Center program, the referring locality and parent will be notified so that a tour can be scheduled and a start date can be selected.

In the event that a student is not accepted into the program, The LEAD Center staff will assist the sending school and parent with finding an appropriate placement that can best serve his/her needs.


The enrollment process can be as short as 48 hours or as long as two weeks. The length of time that it takes to enroll your child at The LEAD Center is dependent on the documentation given to us by the parent and local school division.


Transportation is provided by your locality and is a service listed on the IEP.


The LEAD Center does not currently accept parentally placed students, so your child would need to have an IEP stating that he or she would be best served in a therapeutic day school.

If your child has had repeated suspensions, is failing academically, or is having severe disciplinary infractions in the public school, you can request a child study. If your child’s current teacher and the child study team think that your child may have a disability, then assessments will be completed to determine if a disability is present and what services can be put in place to support the child. From this process an IEP may be developed that would provide the student with goals, accommodations, and services that meet the needs of the disability. Ideally the public school would be able to serve your child, but if not, then a private day school recommendation would be made. From this point your child could be considered for enrollment at The LEAD Center.


There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a child return to their home school! If you believe your child is ready to return, then please call us to set up a meeting. At this meeting, we will discuss the improvements you’re seeing at home as well as improvement seen at the school.

We will compare your child’s current academic and behavioral needs with the level of support at his or her homeschool. If your child has demonstrated enough improvement to be supported at the homeschool, then we will schedule an IEP meeting to make it official!

During the IEP meeting, we will take an opportunity to discuss how we can effectively transition your child from The Lead Center back to their homeschool. Transitioning back can be emotionally daunting for students, so we want to put all available resources together so that we increase the likelihood of a successful transition back into the public school setting.



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