Admissions Process

The admissions process is a collaboration between HMS, the school district and the family. Admission to HMS operates on a rolling basis throughout the year and is based on several factors, including a child’s ability to actively participate in and benefit from our program. HMS accepts students from throughout Pennsylvania, the US and occasionally from foreign countries.

The process typically includes the following steps:

  • A parent or school district professional contacts HMS to exchange initial information about the potential applicant. The school district usually makes the referral or agrees that the family will explore HMS as a placement.
  • HMS responds with an information packet. Parents should keep their school district informed.
  • If interest continues, parents tour the school.
  • The school district and family submit school records and relevant medical information.
  • HMS’s Admissions Committee reviews the material.
  • If HMS considers the child a possible candidate, the application remains active until we anticipate an opening and schedule a student evaluation.
  • A multidisciplinary team including a special education teacher, speech/language pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker and, sometimes, the Director of Nursing Services conducts the evaluation and prepares a comprehensive written report outlining recommendations for education and therapy interventions.
  • Based on the evaluation, the Admissions Committee makes a final determination.
  • If the family and school district agree on the placement, enrollment can take place at any time during the school year when there is an opening and funding is secured.
  • Once a child is accepted for admission and funding is in place, HMS’s social worker and the family together facilitate the child’s transition to HMS.

Admission, the provision of services and referral of students shall be made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability (except as limited by PA Department of Education program approvals), ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age (within school ages) or gender.