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Learning Prep School students have language and learning challenges as their primary disability. As a result, many students come to us with histories of school failure and social difficulties. Some are working at least two grade levels below their age. For the most part, these students are dependent learners; they don’t learn from their environment or acquire skills by watching others. Unlike other learning-disabled students, they arrive at LPS without having developed strategies to make up for their language deficits.

With over 45 years of experience, we’re in a unique position to help these students. 

New for the 2018/2018 school year, Learning Prep now receives and reviews applications through an online system called SchoolAdmin. From this portal, you can Inquire, RSVP to an Open House, Apply and follow the entire Admissions process online.

The Application Process:

Through the use of SchoolAdmin, families and districts can submit all paperwork electronically, allowing Learning Prep to receive and review files quickly. Here's what you can expect during the Application process:

Step 1 – Application

The following must be received prior to determining your child’s appropriateness to the program.

  • Application 
  • Release of Information
  • Latest I.E.P.
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation 
  • Speech and Language Evaluation
  • (If applicable) The last 3-year evaluation from your school district 
  • (If applicable) Achievement Assessment
  • (If applicable) Assistive Technology Evaluation
  • (If applicable) Occupational Therapy Evaluation

Step 2 – Application Review Process

Once all of your material is received via the online portal on SchoolAdmin, the Admission Committee will review your child’s application to see if LPS can meet your child’s needs. The review process typically takes 1-2 weeks. You will then be contacted by an LPS representative.

Step 3 – Tour

If it has been determine that Learning Prep may be able to meet your child's needs, a 1 hour tour will be scheduled with your child at a convenient time for your family.

Step 4 – Trial Visit

After the tour, a trial visit may be offered. This is an opportunity for your child to experience what it is like to be a Learning Prep student, as well as offer our staff the chance to get to know your child better.

Parents will be required to complete Registration Paperwork that is required before the student attends for their trial visit. The program maintains a copy of its Policy and Procedures Manual onsite and available upon request.

Step 5 - Admissions decision

After the trial visit is complete, feedback will be reviewed and an Admissions decision will be made regarding your child's acceptance status.

A) For accepted students:

Funding must be accomplished by:

  • School Referral
  • Private Pay
  • Cost Share (School & Parent Pay)

A form is to be sent to the Business Office to show how the new student will pay tuition. In seeking funding other than private pay, an advocate or lawyer should be consulted to assist in the process.

B) For non-accepted students:

If a student is not acceptable after the trial, a representative from LPS will go through the Teacher Assessments with the parent to explain why. In some cases the student may be asked to stay for an additional trial period.


Note to Referring Districts:

Learning Prep prefers to receive referrals electronically either via the SchoolAdmin portal, or via email. We will still be happy to receive/review paper-sent applications as well!


To send a referral via SchoolAdmin:

Click on Create an Account, Start Application and complete (minimal fields required). Upload required documents via the checklist.


To send a referral via email: 

Please email required documents (separate if possible) to Korina Martin at kmartin@learningprep.org.


To send a referral via mail: 

Please mail to: 

Learning Prep Admissions, 

1507 Washington St, 

West Newton MA 02465


Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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