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How to Apply

An application for admission to The New Community School is complete when the admissions office has received:

  • An application form completed and signed by you and your child
  • School records, including special education records, teacher recommendation form
  • Results of a Wechsler Intelligence testing (WISC IV or WISC V) that includes subtest scores and is no more than three years old
  • Any other professional evaluations relevant to your child’s learning difficulties (psychological evaluation, educational evaluation, audiologist’s evaluation, etc.) that have been previously completed
  • The $100 application fee

A visit to the school is recommended, but not required.

Once the application is complete, the school will schedule diagnostic educational testing. This testing will be followed by a feedback appointment with school personnel. At the feedback appointment, we will discuss the results of the testing and the Admission Committee’s determination of the appropriateness of the school’s program for your child.

Click here for the Admissions Application, Records Release Forms, and the Teacher Recommendation Form.

When faxing admissions materials and testing please fax directly to our Admissions Office at 804.266.4664.

Diagnostic Testing at TNCS

Once your application to The New Community School is complete, we will schedule diagnostic educational testing. This testing will be followed by a feedback appointment with school personnel. At the feedback session, we’ll discuss the results of the testing and the Admission Committee’s determination of the appropriateness of the school’s program for the student.

Typically, our students have average to above average intelligence according to previous intelligence testing submitted by the parents. In addition, students show language and/or math skills test results that are discrepantly low in comparison to their intelligence. In other words, despite their excellent capability for learning, their development of skills in reading, spelling, and writing and/or math is often weak. By knowing more about a child’s learning profile we can determine whether or not we can meet that child’s learning needs.

Admissions Calendar

The school will begin to accept applications for the coming school year as early as a year prior to the intended enrollment date. Testing can begin when all necessary materials have been received.

Spaces will be offered to students on a rolling basis. In cases where there are more appropriate candidates for the grade than we have space available, students will be placed on a waiting list. It is possible that some grades will be completely filled by applicants from this first group. For this reason we urge families who would like to consider The New Community School as an option for their child to apply early and arrange for all necessary records to be sent in a timely manner.

Since significant aspects of the school’s schedule for the coming year will already be determined by late spring, spaces will be offered to those candidates best able to fit into the existing schedule. Based upon previous experience we will have some openings available after April, but not necessarily at every grade level. We will continue to consider applicants for available space throughout the summer.

Questions may be directed to: Carolyn Tisdale, Director of Admissions, via voicemail (804.266.2494, x2218) or e-mail (admissions@tncs.org).