Admissions for The Learning Center

The Learning Center (TLC) provides a highly individualized and integrated instructional program for students with language-based learning challenges including dyslexia (reading), dysgraphia (writing), and dyscalculia (math). Children who qualify for TLC demonstrate difficulty in reading, spelling, mathematics, handwriting, organization of written language, sustained attention, homework completion, or any combination of these areas.

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Students generally enroll in The Learning Center from second through sixth grades, though in certain circumstances we will also admit students in seventh or eighth grade.

Students in TLC are all academically-capable, with average to above-average intelligence. They typically have been diagnosed by a psychologist as having language-based learning difficulties, sometimes accompanied by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The Learning Center is dedicated to supporting students with language-based learning challenges; we are not trained to serve children with other diagnoses, including emotional or behavioral disorders, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, etc., and consequently we cannot admit them. Please see “Eligibility for Admission,” below. 

Eligibility for Admission
Admission to The Learning Center is determined based on:

(1) Successful application to Almaden Country Day School (Please mention The Learning Center in the notes field on the application.)
(2) Results of a required psycho-educational assessment administered by a licensed diagnostician within the past 3 years.
(3) Interview with our TLC Director and faculty members.

Please Note: The only diagnoses served by The Learning Center are Language-Based Learning Disabilities (and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder that sometimes accompanies dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia). Children with other diagnoses do not qualify for admission to TLC. The Learning Center does not serve children whose primary or only diagnosis is ADHD and who are not diagnosed with one or more language-based learning disorders.

TLC Admissions Timeline
Admission to The Learning Center is on a space-available basis and may occur at any time during the school year, once all application requirements have been met.

TLC Tuition
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the estimated tuition for The Learning Center grades K-5 would have been $35,760 and for grades 6-8 it would have been $37,230. The Learning Center opens in September 2018 at the same time as the regular ACDS 2018-19 academic year. The 2018-2019 tuition rates will be posted in early 2018. 

Tuition Assistance
Tuition assistance is available for applicants who qualify. See our Tuition Assistance guidelines for more information and to start the process.

Possible Tax Deductibility of TLC Tuition Payments
Parents should confer with their tax lawyer or accountant about the rulings and regulations of the Internal Revenue Code, along with other applicable laws, to inquire about possible tax deductibility of TLC tuition payments.

TLC Application Process

Arrange for your child to receive a psycho-educational assessment administered by a licensed diagnostician, and ensure that the diagnoses fit. We will accept assessments administered within the past 3 years prior to your application to ACDS.

TLC Eligibility Requirements (above)*

  1. Submit application to Almaden Country Day School 
  2. Complete shadow and family interview requirements 
  3. Complete tuition assistance process (if appropriate) 
  4. Arrange for an interview with TLC Director Cecilia Robb (crobb@a-cs.org)

* In some cases, students who otherwise qualify may be admitted provisionally and begin TLC services prior to the results of the assessment.

The Learning Center is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, Council for Exceptional Children, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

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