Admission Guidelines

Admission into Marburn Academy

Marburn Academy is an independent day school for students in Grades 1–12 with learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and executive function difficulties. Our program is designed for students who have average to superior intelligence, who simply process information differently than what is expected in a conventional classroom.

At Marburn, we understand the distinct academic, social, and emotional needs of our students and celebrate their individual learning styles. Our program focuses on meeting students where they are, understanding their strengths and challenges, and providing a safe, positive learning environment where they can experience success. Our primary goals are to:

  • grow specific core academic skills based on student deficits;
  • work with students to help build essential executive function skills;
  • provide personalized attention for each student; and
  • assist students in developing confidence, self-advocacy, and self-awareness.

Marburn Academy offers rolling admission, which means we have no application deadline. Applications are accepted for students in Grades 1–10. Qualifying students are admitted throughout the school year, as space allows.

To begin the admission process at Marburn Academy, please contact the Admission Office at 614.433.0822 or complete our online Inquiry Form. We are happy to discuss our program with you and learn more about your child’s needs.

If, after our initial discussion, we decide together that Marburn may be a good fit for your child, we encourage you to begin the interview process.

Behavioral Considerations

When students have experienced persistent school failure, they often develop less-than-ideal strategies to avoid—or escape—academic situations for which they don’t have the skills to succeed. The growing emphasis on early identification and intervention has kept many students from experiencing the loss of self-esteem that drives these behavioral issues.   Other students are still not identified early enough to avoid these difficulties, but at times we find that these behavioral issues can be reversed with remediation, one-on-one support, and proving to the child that they are capable of succeeding. Our program, however, is not designed to serve students with persistent or severe behavior problems stemming from primary neurological, psychological, or emotional problems.

How Does the Admission Process Work?

There are three phases in the Admission process: 

Phase l 

  • A phone conversation with the Marburn Admission department to determine the first step in eligibility.
  • Submission of:
  1. Intelligence assessment conducted within the past three years (WISC-IV, WISC-V, or Stanford-Binet). Students admitted to Marburn are required to have a full-scale intelligent quotient (IQ) of average to above, or a demonstrated potential for average- or above-average achievement.
  2. Most current ETR and IEP, if applicable.
  3. Any educational, psychological, neurological, speech, or language evaluations. (Includes Cognitive and Diagnostic)
  4. Student’s most current report card 

Phase ll

  • A parent appointment and tour of Marburn Academy, in which we can discuss your child’s learning needs and share more about our program.
  • A student appointment and tour of Marburn Academy, in which your child will meet with the Admission office for discussion and evaluation time.
  • Completed application
  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Completed teacher recommendation forms
  • Completed Authorization to Release Records form

Phase III

  • A shadow visit for your child of one full day, or possibly two full days, at Marburn. While your child experiences our classroom environment, teachers and the Admission team will evaluate their learning style, behavior, cooperation, and peer group connectivity.
  • Your child will be given the DAR (Diagnostic Assessment for Reading)
  • The Admission Committee will review information from each step of the interview process to determine the student’s possible acceptance to Marburn.

Financial Aid

Marburn Academy strives to provide assistance by offering direct, need-based financial aid for our families. Also, many families qualify to deduct tuition costs from their federal income taxes. Marburn Academy is recognized as an approved provider for the Ohio Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarships, so families can also take advantage of these funding opportunities.

If your family requires financial assistance for tuition, our Admission office will be happy to discuss the available options. Please note that if you plan to apply for financial aid through the Jon Peterson Scholarship:

  • The first application period begins in February and ends on April 15th. The April 15th deadline will make your child eligible for the full dollar amount of the awarded scholarship for the next full school year.
  • The second application period begins in October and ends on Novembers 15th .The November 15th deadline will provide half of the full dollar amount of the awarded scholarship. The half-year scholarship begins funding on January 1st of the current school year.

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