Upcoming Open Houses for Prospective Families
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Click here to register for an upcoming Open House
Call (734) 747-6641 or sign up here to schedule a tour for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning.
Many families choose Ann Arbor Academy for their child with divergent learning needs, and we encourage you to join them. The admissions process begins with a visit to the school, either during an Open House or a tour. Open Houses are in the evenings throughout the school year, and tours are done in the mornings Tuesdays - Thursdays by appointment. Even if a family visits an Open House, we encourage a tour so you can see what the school looks like in action.
The next step is to have the prospective student visit for the day, and at that time the Admissions Coordinator will read over any relevant evaluations, IEP paperwork, etc., that might help us get to know the child as a learner. We do not perform additional testing as a condition of admission or upon enrollment. The student visit is to evaluate fit, to see if the student feels comfortable in the school environment, and to assess whether or not we feel that our program could be a good match for the student's learning and social needs. Parents and the student receive feedback shortly after the visit to determine if we will proceed with enrollment. Ann Arbor Academy offers rolling admissions to qualifying students throughout the year as space allows.
Standards for Admission
Ann Arbor Academy may offer admission to any student who we think will benefit academically and socially from the school, based on the following criteria:
- IQ in the range from mild cognitive impairment through gifted
- demonstrated ability to work independently in a small classroom setting
- behavioral patterns that have not included violence towards others
Although most of our students have a diagnosed learning disability or difference, this is not a condition of admission.
- Visit school, meet with school director.
- Turn in completed application as well as a copy of the IEP or 504 plan, if applicable, as well as any other relevant paperwork such as private evaluations.
- Schedule a day visit for your child to shadow an Academy student.
- At the end of the shadowing visit, meet again with the school director to evaluate the visit.
- If your child is accepted and you would like to enroll him or her, meet with the business manager to discuss tuition payment. Tuition is $16,000 per year, and there is some financial aid available to qualifying families.
- If requesting financial aid, turn in your most recent 1040 tax return to the business manager, along with a letter describing any outstanding expenses or circumstances that may affect your ability to pay full tuition.
- To officially enroll your child, you will fill out a contract for the school year (or remainder thereof) and set up a payment schedule for tuition.
What to bring to the school visit
Students should bring the completed application, a copy of their most recent IEP and re-evaluation testing summary or 504 plan, any neuropsychiatric evaluations completed within the last 3 years, and a lunch or money to buy a lunch.
Financial Aid Policy
The cost to attend Ann Arbor Academy is $17,250 per year, a price that reflects our low student/teacher ratio. Additionally, there is a book/materials fee of up to $300 charged, due to the fact that Academy students learn best when they can highlight and write in their own textbooks. There are a limited number of scholarships available each year.
Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, according to a formula that assumes that approximately 15% of pre-tax family income can be used for tuition. Extenuating circumstances are also considered on a case by case basis. Priority for financial aid is given to returning students in good standing.
Acceptance and Registration Procedures
After the student visit and review of the records, the Director or Head of Admissions will consult with the faculty for their impressions of the prospective student as a viable candidate for enrollment at the Academy. Following this review process, if the Director or Head of Admissions determines than the student meets the standards of admission and should be admitted, the family will be notified that the student has been accepted. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will typically occur within 24 hours of the student visit.
Upon acceptance, the family will receive a link to the online enrollment form and the Parent Information Site. The online enrollment form needs to be filled out and the vaccine record and high school transcript (if applicable) of the child turned in, by the first day the student attends school.
Tuition and Book Fee
Tuition is $17,250 per year, and the book fee varies by class schedule, but is generally approximately $300 for Upper School students and is a $250 materials fee for LMS students. Books purchased are owned by the student.
Admissions Non-discrimination Policy
Ann Arbor Academy does not discriminate in admissions based on race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical disability, or religion. Admissions decisions are made independently of a student's financial need.