westport day school

Admissions Criteria...

At WDS, we accept students in grades 6-12 and students who qualify for a gap year program, post – high school. We may accept students who present with: Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Disorder, Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Attachment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, School Refusal.

​The Westport Day School DOES NOT accept students who present with: Oppositional Defiant Disorder or who are oppositional by nature. WDS also does not accept students who have a Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, or who possess dangerous behaviors such as elopement, dysregulated or explosive behaviors, or who have unmanaged psychosis. Additionally WDS does not accept students with active substance misuse, or with an active eating disorder. 




As a state-approved private special education program, WDS works closely with parents and districts throughout the admissions process. Parents of prospective WDS students may schedule a tour of the school at any time.

The admissions process typically begins when a school district sends a referral packet to WDS. This packet typically includes the most current IEP, psychological testing(s), and a transcript. Supplemental material might be requested from the parents, for example hospitalization discharge letter(s). Upon review of the packet, a student might be invited to apply to WDS. The application process involves submission of an application (no fee), outreach to providers, and student visit(s).

We have rolling admissions, so students can matriculate at any point during the year.

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