The Nelson Waldorf School generally accepts students who fall within a standard range of academic and social styles and who do not present severe and persistent learning differences or challenges. Applicants for admission with a diagnosed or undiagnosed learning disability and/or a current IEP will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Often we are able to address unique learning abilities and we welcome the opportunity to consider and assess these students. In determining what learners we can serve, we recognize our capabilities, resources and limitations and our responsibility to meet each student’s needs with integrity.
Nelson Waldorf School students requiring additional academic or social support may be identified in a number of ways, including by teachers, the Student Support Coordinator or by parents. A collaborative approach is taken in assisting teachers and parents in finding the additional support needed. While teachers may provide extra help on a short term basis, long-term tutoring and remedial services must be provided by the parents. Parents seeking outside tutors or specialists may request a copy of the Practitioner Referral List. NWS works collaboratively with certain practitioners.
When a student is identified by the school team to have extra needs, recommendations for assessment and support will be made with the agreement that these will be followed by the parents. Should parents decline recommendations made by the school, the school team will review the ability of the Nelson Waldorf School to meet the student’s needs. If it is determined that the school does not have the resources to meet the needs without these recommendations being taken up, a school recommendation for withdrawal of the student may occur.