Concord Academy serves students diagnosed with learning disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety/depression disorders, and/or attention deficit disorders who may benefit from our nurturing environment and modified academic curriculum. As a state-approved school, Concord Academy must adhere to all policies regarding student eligibility for receiving special education services outlined by the TN State Department of Education (DOE). The State Board of Education has approved the revised disability definitions and standards Approved Disability Eligibility Standards and Notice of Procedural Safeguards can be found on the following TN State DOE website.
Please call the school office at (901) 682-3115 and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have about our school and programs.
Gather and submit to the school office the student’s most current, (within the last 3 years), complete, individually-administered, psycho-educational evaluation including all performance scores, (intelligence testing and achievement testing). Students with IQ’s below 75 or with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders must have a “BASC” or Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale. Also include the most recent IEP, report card, and any other information you feel would be helpful in the admission process. This documentation will be used to determine potential eligibility for placement at Concord.
Call our office at (901) 682-3115 to schedule a tour of the school facilities. On the day of your tour, you will also meet with our Admissions Counselor to discuss your student’s specific needs and explore if and how Concord may be able to serve your student.
After your tour, if you are interested in pursuing admission and our staff has determined your student does meet eligibility requirements based on the provided documentation, the Administration will schedule a mandatory student school day visit. Your student will participate in classes appropriate for his/her functioning level to allow our staff to assess the student’s overall functioning. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested at this time to assist in an enrollment decision.
After the Assessment and mandatory student visit, a final enrollment decision will be made. Academic placement decisions are made based on all gathered information (IQ, achievement, and adaptive behavior scores; complete diagnosis; and direct observations during student visits and interviews). Placement is not determined solely by chronological age but by multiple factors including age, grade functioning level, special needs, and general compatibility within the existing schedule and groupings of students. If the applicant accepts the Administration’s placement decision and offer of enrollment, the family will be given an Enrollment Packet with additional school information and forms to be completed. New students must also submit an application fee. A student may begin classes after all paperwork is completed and tuition payment arrangements are finalized. To facilitate the transition to Concord, each student is assigned a staff “sponsor” who will serve as that student’s advocate and mentor during his/her tenure at Concord. Students are admitted to Concord Academy on a probationary basis for the duration of the first academic year.
Once the decision to enroll is made, we have observed that students and families who commit to fully participating in our school and activities are more successful than those who do not. Enrollment at Concord is an investment in a student and his/her future and merits parental time and involvement.
AT CONCORD ACADEMY YOUR STUDENT WILL EXPERIENCE HOPE AND SUCCESS, ACCEPTANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT, AND BUILD FRIENDSHIPS THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.