Children with disabilities are admitted to the Rise Program based upon a referral, a comprehensive evaluation, and the recommendations of a team of professionals and the child’s family. Referrals can be made by anyone with knowledge of the child, but are typically made by physicians. A comprehensive evaluation consists of a series of assessments that involve an educator, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, service coordinator, and the family. After results are reviewed by the evaluation team, the service coordinator presents the recommendations to the director and Rise staff and decisions are finalized concerning admission.
Children who do not have disabilities are admitted to the program prior to the fall semester each year. Selections are made based on the ages of the children and the number of available slots in each classroom.
A priority system is in place for siblings of children already enrolled in the program and children of staff.
All qualified children are admitted of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.