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. Here is a step-by-step look at our admissions process:

Step 1 – Application

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

  • Application 
  • Health Form
  • Release Form 
  • Latest IEP (whether signed or not)
  • Most recent 3-year evaluation from your school district (Neuropsychological, Speech & Language, and Achievement evaluations)
  • Last Independent Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Last Independent Speech and Language Evaluation
  • Last Independent Achievement Assessment
  • Signed release of records from school district


Step 2 – Completed Application

Send all required materials to:

Learning Prep School
1507 Washington Street
West Newton, MA  02465

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call Debby Worcester at 617-965-0764 x126.


Step 3 – Application Review Process

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


Step 4 –Decision After Review

Once LPS determines whether your child is appropriate or not:

  1. If appropriate, an interview and a tour are scheduled to meet your child and family.
  2. If not appropriate, you will receive a letter explaining the decision.


Step 5 – Tour

A tour will enable you and your child to see the school, and talk about his or her needs and what LPS can provide.


Step 6 – Trial Visit

After the tour, a 2-day trial visit may be offered. This is part of the admission process and dates are arranged around the calendar schedule.

Parents receive an entrance (immunization, verification, permissions) packet to fill out for the trial period. The program maintains a copy of its Policy and Procedures Manual onsite and available upon request.


Step 7 - Teacher Assessment

Teachers complete a Trial Visit Form with feedback for the student’s 2-day visit. LPS Administrators determine if the student is accepted and a letter is sent to parents.

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.

If you are interested in learning more, please forward current student records (the last two years only) to our office. This will give us a more accurate picture of the student's abilities and how we might meet their individual needs. If you anticipate having your student tested soon, please wait until you get the new results before sending records to our office.


 Health Form

  Release Form

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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