Applications for enrolment for students must be accompanied by documentation to support the student’s diagnosis of autism from a Specialist Paediatrician in the field of autism, Psychiatrist, or Clinical Psychologist.
This documentation must include a functional assessment or detailed in a psychologists report. The rationale for the diagnosis must be provided rather than merely stating the diagnosis. The documentation must include evidence of the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and include a persistent impairment in reciprocal social communication and social interaction, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities.
These symptoms must be present from early childhood and limit or impair everday functioning. The diagnosis documentation must be current – no greater than 2 years at time of enrolment.
Referrals for enrolment are accepted for a child who:
- has a primary diagnosis of Autism;
- may have other associated disorders;
- may be of any sex, race or socio-economic status;
- will be aged between 4.5 and 7 years 11 months as at the 1st February of the year of commencement at Woodbury.
A student position may become available if:
- a student leaves Woodbury for another school;
- a student graduates;
- additional places become available due to an increase in total enrolment numbers
Admissions Committee and Process
- The Admissions Committee meets whenever a student place becomes available.
- All applicants will receive a letter of acknowledgment upon receipt of an enrolment application.
- The Admissions Committee will consist of the Executive Director, Executive Administrator and Clinical Supervisor.
- The admissions process will consist of the following stages:
Stage 1: Examination of Application to meet general criteria.
Stage 2: Examination of parent responses to application questionnaire and viewing of video.
Stage 3: Assessment of student’s skills and behaviours
Stage 3: Meeting with parents or caregivers to determine admissions suitability.
Stage 4: Review of assessment and recommendation.
Stage 5. The final meeting (stage 4) is an important aspect of the admissions process. The committee, in consultation with both parents decide if placement at Woodbury is appropriate.
Stage 6. Only after all stages have been completed will a determination be made and parents contacted in writing to inform them of the Committee’s decision.
Stage 7. The determination of the Committee is final. A parent can resubmit an application at a later date and in these cases a new admissions process will be followed.
The Admissions Committee selects students based on the following criteria:
- Current documented primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, as outlined above.
- The assessment process takes into account classroom vacancies, chronological and developmental age, social skills and behavioural characteristics.
- Parent support and commitment to their child’s current educational and therapeutic programs, both school-based and home-based. That is, parents demonstrate past and present commitment to their child’s overall developmental needs including education, socialisation, and communication, behavioural/emotional and general well-being.
- Students learning and behavioural needs can be met at Woodbury
- Parents agree to become actively involved in and initiate fundraising activities and parent committee work .
- Students whose parents reside in the Baulkham Hills Shire will also be given preference over children who do not if all other criteria are equal.
- Parents or caregivers agree to give one term’s notice in writing to the school Administrator when a decision has been made to exit the school. In default of this provision being honoured, one Terms tuition fees in lieu of notice will be payable.
To apply, complete the WOODBURY APPLICATION FORM and send with the following to Admissions, Woodbury Autism Education and Research Limited, PO Box 235, Baulkham Hills NSW 1755
- Confirmation of diagnosis (Current Psychological or medical report from specialist in the field of autism
- Processing Fee of $100.00
- Immunisation certification
- Other relevant reports – Speech, OT, Medical, Educational, ABA, Psychologist
- A 20 – 30 minute DVD/ Video of the applicant in structured and unstructured settings
The Woodbury Scholarship Program aims to provide support to families who may need assistance with meeting the costs of education for their child.
We encourage supporters to consider the benefits of providing ongoing support as a student progresses through Woodbury.
If you would like to make an enquiry in relation to our Scholarship Program, please contact Karyn McNeil on 02 9639 6152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.