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Admission Process

How to Apply

Applying begins when you schedule a Family Tour…

If you are interested in learning more about the school or are considering applying, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Mrs. Gabrielle Pomales, at admissions@keystoneprep.org to schedule an initial meeting and school tour. While we love to show off our school in person, please be assured that this can be done over the phone or through Zoom or Facetime if you are unable to visit in person. Prospective students are a vital part of this interview process and the student is encouraged to attend the initial meeting along with their parents or guardians. If, however, you would like at some point to speak with us privately regarding your student’s needs, please let us know when you call to schedule your tour so that we can accommodate you.

The family tour typically takes 45 minutes to an hour, as it is our sincere desire to get to know each and every prospective family. Our goal is to ensure that each student we accept will succeed academically, emotionally, and socially, and for that reason the more information you can communicate with us about your student and the more we can get to know your family, the better. Not every school is right for every student, so we know that you will also want to take the time to be sure to determine if KPHS is a good fit for your student. Keystone Prep staff puts in incredible hours, above and beyond paid time, as we partner with our families to work to create the most optimum learning environment for the greatest success possible. A thorough admissions process is the first step towards that success.

What to expect during your tour…

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Our Admissions Coordinator will speak with you about your child’s needs and review your application and documents. This is an important time for you to share in depth. Do not be afraid to express your student’s history or share where they might have struggled before. KPHS is a new beginning. The more we know, the more we can help your student succeed. At this time, you may also set up a second visit for your student to SHADOW another student for the day, if they would like.
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You will be taken on a tour of the school classrooms and facility where you will learn about the school’s safety and security features and have an opportunity to meet some of the faculty and staff.
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Your family will be introduced to staff such as the ESE Specialist, School Counselor and the Support Staff. We believe it is important for you to know WHO your student will be entrusted to on a day to day basis.
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Your child will be welcomed by a Student Ambassador, who will share with them his or her own new school experience at KPHS, and answer any questions you or your son or daughter may have.
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The visit will culminate in a brief meeting with the Head of School, as it is our desire to get to know each student personally and to better understand their needs when they are at school. Parents are encouraged to share their family’s needs and history, so that we know best how to help you. During this meeting, the head will also discuss any financial aid or scholarship concerns your family may have. KPHS is not a public school and relies on tuition to deliver the quality education it has become known for. However, there are amazing options available to help our students attend if the cost of tuition is a concern for your family. The head will work with your family to explore these options to try to find a viable way for your student to be able to attend KPHS.
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Our Admissions Coordinator will speak with you about your child’s needs and review your application and documents. This is an important time for you to share in depth. Do not be afraid to express your student’s history or share where they might have struggled before. KPHS is a new beginning. The more we know, the more we can help your student succeed. At this time, you may also set up a second visit for your student to SHADOW another student for the day, if they would like.
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You will be taken on a tour of the school classrooms and facility where you will learn about the school’s safety and security features and have an opportunity to meet some of the faculty and staff.
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Your family will be introduced to staff such as the ESE Specialist, School Counselor and the Support Staff. We believe it is important for you to know WHO your student will be entrusted to on a day to day basis.
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Your child will be welcomed by a Student Ambassador, who will share with them his or her own new school experience at KPHS, and answer any questions you or your son or daughter may have.
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The visit will culminate in a brief meeting with the Head of School, as it is our desire to get to know each student personally and to better understand their needs when they are at school. Parents are encouraged to share their family’s needs and history, so that we know best how to help you. During this meeting, the head will also discuss any financial aid or scholarship concerns your family may have. KPHS is not a public school and relies on tuition to deliver the quality education it has become known for. However, there are amazing options available to help our students attend if the cost of tuition is a concern for your family. The head will work with your family to explore these options to try to find a viable way for your student to be able to attend KPHS.
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Complete an Application…

We recommend you complete the application (see link below) and bring it with you on your family visit. Although this is not required for the tour, having this information allows us to have a more comprehensive visit with you and can also shorten the enrollment process. KPHS is a traditional college prep high school serving grades 9 – 12 that specializes in a more individualized approach for optimum student success. Although some of our students have specific learning challenges, Keystone Prep is not a special needs school. We serve average students to very high achieving students, gifted students and students who may struggle and those in between.

What all our students have in common is that they thrive in our caring friendly environment and small classrooms, and they do not fall through the cracks. Each child is special, and we focus on helping all students become their optimum through our Individualized Success Plan for every student. Those students needing learning supports can be helped here so be sure to include any documentation regarding any diagnosis, IEP’s, 504’s or psychoeducational evaluations, as well as prior discipline or suspension and expulsion issues. We also want to know any other information that may be relevant as we work towards understanding your child and their needs – for example, if your child experienced bullying of any sort, if they began to fall behind in a large school where they were too intimidated to ask for help, or if they were leaning towards the wrong peer group. The more we know the more we can help you help them succeed.

Additional Information…

Please include current varieties of any of the known testing records you have, such as:    

  • PSAT (preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
  • SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
  • SAT 10 (Stanford Achievement Test)
  • TABE Test (Adult Basic Education Test)

Other Information Needed…

Please supply the following documents to speed admittance or to hold a limited grade spot:

  • Birth Certificate, Immunization Records, School Physical, Social Security Card, Sports Physical (if playing a sport) Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Track, or Volleyball etc.
  • Diagnosed Disorders from a Licensed Mental Health Provider or the Public Schools, if requesting accommodation supports for their learning
  • IEP, 504, or Psychoeducational Evaluation
  • Discipline, Suspension, or Expulsion Records, should any exist

Criteria for Admission…

In addition to a typical high school student KPHS also specializes in helping students with the following conditions, based on a comprehensive individual student review to ensure every student can be appropriately served at KPHS. The decision to accept a student is based on the ESE Specialist and the Admissions Review Team evaluation, at the discretion of the school. We do not accept ALL students with these diagnoses, unless we can ensure all students with a specific diagnosis can be appropriately served at KPHS.  We can serve students with: Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Deficits (organizational, study skills, goal setting), Inconsistent or Low Motivation or Low Achievement, Low Self-Esteem, Mild Learning Variabilities, Prior Negative School Experiences, Receptive Language Delays and Social Anxiety Issues. It is a case by case Admissions Review Team analysis. If in doubt, a student may be accepted on a “probationary status,” while the staff conducts a trial for the benefit of the child.  The staff are most qualified to determine who they can best serve, based on their credentials, educational experience, the ESE Specialists’ review, while then matching a student to our services, mission and philosophy. All students entering go through the same review. We are not attempting to be all things to all people but to educate students who truly want to get the very best academic support possible not based on a building but on dedicated educators.

Non-Discrimination Statement…

Keystone Prep High School admits students of any color, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, or sexual preference, to whom all activities, privileges, programs, and rights are generally accorded to all students in the same manner. This includes in its admissions policies, educational opportunities, scholarship programs, and/or athletic and extracurricular programs, in accordance with our accrediting body. It is the policy of Keystone Prep High School to ensure that all accommodations, advantages, and services are accessible and equally shared in a meaningful manner for all qualified students, in accordance with the American Disabilities Act and under State/Federal Law. Attitude is not a disability, however.