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Notes for Prospective Students
Gateway Academy seeks students whom: Have a primary diagnosis of a
High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome/PDD-nos by a
Seek an academic program that has an emphasis
on social skill development.
Have above average to average Verbal
IQ (90 or above), as measured by a standardized assessment
Demonstrate motivation by the student and his/her
parents to become part of Gateway Academy.
Present no significant
Any behavioral problem must be able to be
controlled by verbal intervention without use of physical
These issues would warrant a more
detailed interview process and possible denial of admissions:
History of physical aggression, but only under particular
circumstances (as a result of environmental triggers) that is
related to the neurocognitive diagnosis.Some intermittent behavior
problems, but a long history of success in alternative classroom or
Poor ability to self-regulate, need for intensive 1:1
Limited ability to work independently.
History of drug
abuse or addiction.
Assessments all evaluations
(Psycho-educational, Neurological, Speech and Language,
Occupational Therapy, and Standardized Educational Testing) must be
current (3 years), and, if not, families must commit to having
updated evaluations completed prior to admission, or when the 3
year mark is reached.
This testing can be faxed to the school at
and Hearing Tests need to be completed yearly and is the
responsibility of the family.