May I visit The Guild before deciding whether to refer my child or student?
Absolutely! The Guild encourages you to visit. We enjoy providing tours and answering questions about The Guild’s services. Parents, school district administrators, representatives of state agencies and other interested parties are invited to schedule a visit with us. (Click here to Schedule a Visit) Though tours are available at any time, the admissions process begins when The Guild receives a referral from a funding source, which may be a local school district, a state agency or parents.
Does The Guild have immediate openings?
The answer to this question varies. Most Guild students graduate on their 22nd birthdays, which happen throughout the year. Each time a student graduates, a new opening is created. If you are seeking an educational placement for a child, we recommend that you contact us to discuss potential openings.
Does The Guild maintain a waiting list?
After a student is found eligible for enrollment, we discuss potential start dates, offering the soonest start date available to parents and funding sources. If there is not an immediate opening, we discuss upcoming vacancies. You have the option to commit to an upcoming vacancy. When that commitment is made, the student is on The Guild’s waiting list until he or she enrolls. The Guild receives referrals year-round. Therefore, we are not able to hold a vacancy without a commitment to enrollment.
Does my child have to come to The Guild for an intake process?
To determine eligibility for enrollment, we review a student’s referral packet and talk with the student’s parents or guardians and the funding source. With releases to do so, we may also speak to professionals who know your child well, including teachers, psychologists, counselors, and physicians. In addition, we schedule a time to meet the potential student. For some children and teens, coming to The Guild for an intake is a great idea – it gives them a chance to meet us and to see what The Guild is like. For others, an intake at The Guild is not possible for a variety of reasons – potential students may be in a psychiatric hospital, or they may become too anxious about visiting a new place, or they may live too far away from Massachusetts. When intake meetings are scheduled, we individualize to meet the needs of the referred student, his or her family, and the funding source. Sometimes, that means visiting a potential student at his or her current educational setting or in a hospital. Sometimes it means scheduling a Skype or FaceTime session with a potential student.
What happens during an intake?
Stated simply, the purpose of an intake is to give members of The Guild’s intake team an opportunity to meet and to interact with your child. When possible, potential students are asked to do tasks that are appropriate for their level. Tasks may be academic, such as identifying sight words or counting money, or tasks may include activities of daily living such as vacuuming, making a sandwich, or making a bed. When students have communication skills, they are asked to share information about themselves. Throughout the process, members of The Guild’s intake team are considering whether The Guild’s services would be a good match for the potential student’s needs. Information gathered during the intake is combined with information from the referral packet to inform the decision of whether to offer enrollment.
What is the tuition at The Guild?
Tuition rates for The Guild, and all private, special education schools in Massachusetts are set annually by the Operational Services Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are separate rates for day-only and for residential students. For current rates, click here to be directed to the Operational Services Division’s special education tuition webpage.
What professional associations is The Guild affiliated with?
The Guild is affiliated with national and regional organizations dedicated to excellence in the education and care of students who need special education. Current affiliates include:
- NAPSEC, National Association of Private Special Education Centers http://www.napsec.org/
- AACRC, American Association of Children’s Residential Centers http://alliance1.org/
- NATSAP, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs http://www.natsap.org/
- ASE, Massachusetts Administrators of Special Education http://www.asepage.org/
- SPaN, Massachusetts Special Needs Advocacy Network http://www.spanmass.org/
- CLM, Children’s League of Massachusetts http://childrensleague.org/
- maaps, The Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools http://maaps.org/