Admission

Admission

We celebrate uniqueness every day in school, and that philosophy permeates all that we do. Our admission review is holistic so that each student can share his or her story.

FlexSchool Educations admission policy looks at the whole student not just test scores.Who is gifted?

There are many ways to define gifted students, so we want to share the two we use in admissions decisions.

The Columbus Definition:

Giftedness is asynchronous development in which gifted cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally. (The Columbus Group, 1991)

Scott Barry Kaufman definition:

Intelligence is the dynamic interplay of engagement and abilities in pursuit of personal goals. (Ungifted, Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry kaufman, 2013)

Who is twice-exceptional?

There is no accepted definition of those who qualify as twice-exceptional, though there is a current push to develop one. We define twice-exceptionality as the split between high intellectual, creative, and/or emotional ability and the factors that get in the way of accessing that ability: learning challenges, slow processing speed, ADHD, anxiety, social discomfort, medical issues, etc. Not all students who are twice-exceptional are a good match for FlexSchool, but no student fits neatly into a diagnostic box; we conduct our own holistic assessment of each student’s strengths and weaknesses.

FlexSchool admissions decisions are made throughout the year and we do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender or LGBTQ status. The application is located under “Forms” below if you are interested in applying. Your first step is to call so we can learn about you and answer your questions – 908 322-0554. We look forward to speaking with you.

Middle School Students (Grades 6–8)

Gifted & Twice Exceptional Students

FlexSchoolEducation_admissions_policyWe provide enriched classes with intellectually gifted teachers. Our classes provide the academic stimulation the students long for, while providing support with writing, for example, when necessary. Our focus is on the areas where the students thrive rather than where they struggle.

We have created an intellectually exciting environment that is emotionally safe. Middle school is a time of intense emotional growth and we want to allow for the development of the entire student, so we admit students partially on their ability to integrate well with the other students. Some of our students were bullied elsewhere; we have proactively established an environment where a bully cannot find an audience. Study skills are taught in each class. All admitted students to FlexSchool classes must be capable of self-teaching, group projects, and personal growth–even if they aren’t there yet!

Students with Learning Challenges or Students Who Prefer Private/ One-on-One Courses

Middle school students who are twice exceptional (gifted and learning challenged) will be placed in a mixture of group classes and individual courses, based on the needs of the student.

Students who need private courses for any reason, from extracurricular needs to learning support, are accepted on an individual basis. Our thorough screening process, partnering with child study teams (if appropriate), the student and parents, aims at ensuring a good fit and real potential for success in our environment.

• We have LDTCs who can provide Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, and Lindamood Bell training, writing solutions and disgraphia strategies.

• Study skills are taught in each class, whether private or group

Professionals with advanced degrees in social work and organizational psychology work with students privately or in small groups to encourage more spontaneous interaction.

Interview/Shadow Day

All potential middle school students must interview with the Head of School, Dean of Students, and/or the Academic Director. If a student is a good fit for FlexSchool, the student will be invited to spend a day attending classes and getting to know the other students (during the school year). We love to have potential students visit because it is exciting to watch students find a group where they fit.

Admissions Testing

Students must submit scores from one standardized test. We will accept any one of the following: NJ ASK, PARCC, COGAT, ISEE, SSAT, COOP, WISC, IELTS.

Students with learning challenges must provide supporting documentation, either in an IEP, 504, educational testing results or a neuropsychological report. We can refer students to neuropsychologists or provide educational testing with a FlexSchool LDTC.

Application

All students must complete the online application and the essay: If you could design your own school, what would it be like and why? There is no minimum or maximum length for this essay; nor need it be entirely in words. Feel free to attach additional sheets as necessary. You can also email your essay to jacqui@flexschool.net if you prefer.

High School Students (Grades 9–12)

Gifted & Twice Exceptional Students

We provide enriched classes with intellectually gifted teachers. Our classes provide the academic stimulation the students long for, while providing support with writing, for example, when necessary. Our focus is on the areas where the students thrive rather than where they struggle.

As each student progresses through high school or a post-graduate year, we encourage increasing maturation through long-term projects and the freedom to make decisions. Our goal is to provide opportunities for each student to make decisions and experience repercussions. When students graduate we want them to feel confident that they can handle college, academically and emotionally. Students who thrive at FlexSchool are capable of self-teaching, group projects, and personal growth–even if they aren’t there yet!

Students with Learning Challenges or Students Who Prefer Private Courses/ One-on-One Courses

High school students who are twice exceptional (gifted and learning challenged) will be placed in a mixture of group classes and individual courses, based on the needs of the student.

Students who need private courses for any reason, from extracurricular needs to learning support, are accepted on an individual basis. All applicants will be screened for fit and potential for real success in our school model.

• We have LDTCs who can provide Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, and Lindamood Bell training, writing solutions and disgraphia strategies.

• Study skills are taught in each class, whether private or group

• Test prep for students who process differently is an Ivy Ed specialty

Professionals with advanced degrees in social work and organizational psychology work with students privately or in small groups to encourage more spontaneous interaction.

Interview/Shadow Day

All potential high school students must interview with the Head of School, Dean of Students, and/or the Academic Director. Our college counselor also speaks with the families of high school applicants to make sure that their goals are aligned with the academic trajectory the student will pursue at FlexSchool. If a student is a good fit for FlexSchool, the student will be invited to spend a day attending classes and getting to know the other students (during the school year). We love to have potential students visit because it is exciting to watch students find a group where they fit.

Admissions Testing

Students must submit scores from one standardized test. We will accept any one of the following: NJ ASK, PARCC, COGAT, ISEE, SSAT, COOP, WISC/WAIS, IELTS.

Students with learning challenges must provide supporting documentation, either in an IEP, 504, educational testing results or a neuropsychological report. We can refer students to neuropsychologists or provide educational testing with a FlexSchool LDTC.

Application

All students must complete the online application and the essay: If you could design your own school, what would it be like and why? There is no minimum or maximum length for this essay; nor need it be entirely in words. Feel free to attach additional sheets as necessary. You can also email your essay to jacqui@flexschool.net if you prefer.

Post-Graduate Students

Students who have graduated from high school either in the United States or internationally are welcome to spend an additional year getting ready for college. Depending upon the student’s strengths, he or she will be placed in a combination of classes and private courses.

ESL/ELL Private Courses

Our English as a Second Language/English Language Learner courses meet federal visa requirements. Students are admitted on an individual basis. A high school transcript, translated into English, is required. Interviews are conducted in person or via Skype.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $34,500/ yr for middle school and $35, 500 for high school. If a customized program is necessary for your child, prices will vary. For example, this year we have a student who is studying AP Java privately; another student works with our organizational psychologist on classroom and lunchroom participation. Tuition for any courses/support taught privately is based on our discounted hourly rate. Please call 908 322-0554 for information.

International Students

Tuition surcharge to cover finding an appropriate homestay, issuing I20 visas, and associated administrative charges necessitate asking for an additional $4,500 per year. In addition, students will reimburse homestay parents for their room and board. Please ask for additional information.

Post-Graduate Students

Tuition for PG students will be $35,500 per year for the 2016–2017 school year if the student is taking FlexSchool courses. If the student is studying privately, his or her desired program will determine the fees.

Affording FlexSchool

FlexSchool offers partial need-based financial aid in the form of scholarships to prospective gifted and twice-exceptional high school students who would otherwise not be able to attend due to cost. Eligibility is based on fit with the school as determined by the admission process, potential to contribute to the community, and demonstrated financial need.

We are currently accepting applications at our New Haven, CT campus for two partial-tuition scholarships to be awarded to incoming high school students for our September inaugural class. Scholarships are awarded to students in group classes and do not include private instruction. To inquire, email New Haven Head of School Heidi Molbak, heidi@flexschool.net.

We have already awarded scholarships at our Fanwood, NJ campus for the 2016-17 school year and are no longer accepting inquiries.

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