Admission Office

Wendy Deppe
Assistant Director of Admission


Shelton admits learning-different students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admission Process

The admission process identifies students who will benefit most from Shelton's highly specialized, individualized curriculum. New students are accepted on the basis of psycho-educational testing, previous records, and available class placements that address academic and therapeutic needs. A three-day visit allows prospective students to experience the school's environment first-hand. While testing is a vital part of the admission process, the prospective student's personal characteristics, prior educational performance, special talents and circumstances are also considered. Together they help determine the match between the student's needs and Shelton's specialized services.

  • Shelton uses a rolling admission process, so that students are accepted as placements become available.
  • Traditionally, Shelton accepts new students through grade 10. Juniors and Seniors are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Preference in the selection process is given to siblings of currently enrolled Shelton students and children of alumni.

Step by Step

Admission Inquiry

Upon receipt of an admission inquiry, an individualized packet is mailed to the prospective family. This packet contains general information about the school and materials specific to the age of the prospective student.

Also included is a list of items required to begin the admission process:

  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Teacher recommendation forms and report cards (for students in grades 3 through 10)
  • Transcript (for students in grades 9 and 10)

Complete an Admission Inquiry

Start the Process: Submit Your Student's Diagnostic Testing

The first step in the admissions process is to submit copies of your student's diagnostic testing completed within the last three years. This serves as your application to the school (there is no formal application form to fill out initially.) It is our policy to review any previous testing as the first step in the admissions process, so that we can become familiar with the child's strengths and weaknesses and know if Shelton seems like a good fit.

Materials may be submitted via
  • Email: Wendy Deppe, Assistant Director of Admission
  • Fax: 972-991-3977
  • Mail:
    Shelton School
    Attention: Admission
    15720 Hillcrest Road
    Dallas, TX 75248

Tour & Informational Appointment with Admission Staff

If Shelton placement seems appropriate, the Director of Admission schedules a tour and informational appointment. (more about the tour)

The Director of Admission requires that families submit copies of any testing or screeners that have been done on a child prior to scheduling an appointment. It's really helpful for her to review that ahead of time and have an understanding of your child's learning profile. During your appointment you will have a tour of school but the most important part of the meeting is for Diann to go over your previous testing with you, so she can interpret for you what it means to us and talk to you more intelligently about what we can do for your child as an individual.

Shelton Admission Battery Scheduled for Applicant

At the conclusion of the tour and appointment, you can opt to set an appointment for your student to take the Shelton Admission Battery. This testing is completed by the divisions' Testing Coordinator. Applicants age 3 through 8 also complete speech and language testing.

Parent Intake Appointment with Head of Division

Parents then meet with the Head of the Division to discuss placement and goals.

Applicant 3 Day Classroom Visit

On the morning of the first day, the Assistant Director of Admission takes your prospective student on a brief tour of the campus and then on to the classroom where the student will participate for the next three days.

Shelton Faculty Feedback Submitted to Head of Division

At the conclusion of the visit, teachers give feedback to the Head of the Division. Feedback would include comments about appropriateness of placement, behavior, social skills, and any specific issues that came up during the visit.

Final Decision

Based on all aspects of the process, the Head of the Division makes a final decision on whether to issue a contract or will indicate if further information is needed. If necessary, the Head of the Division also creates specific conditions for a contract. Admission notification is given to the family within a week of the applicant's visit.