Apply to join our inaugural class!
We are currently reviewing applications on a rolling basis for an expanded pilot program beginning in September, 2019.
Currently, our program has been embedded at Workspace Education in Bethel, CT. When we grow out of the space available there, we will shift to a location further south in Fairfield County.
We expect our tuition fees to be comparable to other private schools in the area offering specialized instruction (a range of roughly $60-85,000). This covers not only the core academic instruction in small groups with embedded expertise in children’s development but also direct services and intensives by expert therapists in fields including dyslexia, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy, and in psychological counseling.
In some cases, these expenses may be to some extent tax deductible; please consult a qualified tax advisor. You may also be able to seek reimbursement from your school district. We are unable to advise on these matters and strongly urge any applicants for whom this is of interest to consult with an attorney about your particular circumstances. You can learn more about these matters and find attorneys specializing in special education from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
In the future, we are committed to developing a financial aid fund that can be used to subsidize the costs of this education.
School districts interested in finding out about potential outplacement opportunities for a student may contact our Head of School directly, at 646-283-1408.
How to Apply:
Applying to Cajal Academy is a 5-step process designed to help us get to know one another.
Through our admissions process, we are looking first and foremost for inquisitive children who are driven to pursue their own passions, whether they be academic, artistic or otherwise, including those who may not yet have had the opportunity to develop that spark. We are also looking for children who exhibit a curiosity for understanding and engaging with the world around them, whether it be through science, technology, literature, the arts or social leadership.
Here is what to expect:
1 - Call with Head of School and co-founder Cheryl Viirand
Cheryl is eager to hear about your child’s strengths, passions and challenges and to answer any questions you might have about our program. We know that applying to schools can be an exhausting process and want to work with you to figure out whether we might be a good fit for your child’s needs as early in the process as possible.
2 - Submit application, fee and evaluations
Each family seeking to apply to Cajal Academy must submit an application, together with a $175 non-refundable fee to help partially defray the costs of our experts’ time throughout the admissions review process. Copies of any evaluations previously conducted for your child must be provided with the application, including any recent neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluations. Please let us know if you do not yet have any evaluations for your child and we will work with you to identify what evaluations would be most relevant to our admissions decision.
3 - Admissions review
Our admissions team will review your child’s program in depth and then if we feel it is a good fit then we will invite you and your child to an interview. If there are areas where we feel there are significant unanswered questions, we may recommend that you secure additional evaluations in particular areas in order to aid our interview decision.
4 - Come get to know us!
Our interview days are designed to give us an opportunity to make sure we understand your child’s programming needs, and to begin building our relationship with you and your child.
Over the course of a half or full day together, each child will meet our Head of School and will spend time in a gym-like setting with our Director of Therapeutic Services and may meet with others of our therapeutic experts as well, depending on their profile. Our experts may conduct additional testing in cognitive, social or physiological areas such as sensory processing and gross motor coordination, to give us a sense of your child’s programming needs. Where the timing of your visit permits, we will also provide an opportunity for your child to meet with peers enrolled in the program. Time will also be scheduled for you to meet with our Head of School during your child’s visit.
Please reassure your child that ours is a child-first community. They should come wearing whatever it is that they find most comfortable—both for meeting potential peers and for getting up and moving, and they should feel free to raise any questions or concerns they may have.
5 - Admissions decision
Admissions decisions are made based on a variety of factors, including the suitability of our program for meeting your child’s needs and balancing an appropriate mix of needs, ages and abilities within our program. Consideration may be given to the suitability of alternative educational programs within the community, as we are aware that we are the first program in Fairfield County to meet the needs of children having certain educational and physiological profiles.
We will do our best to get back to you with an admissions decision as quickly as possible after your child’s Interview Day. If we feel that your child is a good fit for our program but do not have a spot or feel that we don’t have the right mix of students for them at the present time, we will place your child on a waitlist and will update you as soon as possible.