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.
- Admission Inquiry
- Start the Process: Submit Your Student's Diagnostic Testing
- Tour & Informational Appointment with Admission Staff
- Shelton Admission Battery Scheduled for Applicant
- Parent Intake Appointment with Head of Division
- Applicant 3 Day Classroom Visit
- Shelton Faculty Feedback Submitted to Head of Division
- Final Decision
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)
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
15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248
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.
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.