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Admissions for The Learning Center

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


The Learning Center serves students in grades one through eight.

The Learning Center is dedicated to supporting students with language-based learning differences; we are not trained to serve children with other diagnoses, including emotional or behavioral disorders, Tourette’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. 


Admission to The Learning Center is determined based on:

(1) Successful application to Almaden Country Day School (Please check The Learning Center as the program you are applying to on the application)

(2) Results of a required psycho-educational assessment administered by a licensed educational psychologist within the past 3 years.

Please Note: The only diagnoses served by The Learning Center are language-based learning differences. However, we understand that 30% of those with dyslexia have a secondary diagnosis of ADHD. The TLC serves children whose primary diagnosis is a language-based learning difference.

TLC Application Process

  1. Arrange for your child to receive a psycho-educational assessment administered by a licensed educational psychologist. We will accept assessments administered within the past 3 years prior to your application to ACDS.
  2. Submit application to Almaden Country Day School.
  3. Review shadow student information and schedule shadow visit.
  4. Complete tuition support process - if appropriate.
  5. Complete all checklist items on the application timeline.

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.

Tuition Support

Tuition Support is available for applicants who qualify. See our Tuition Support 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.

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