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Welcome to Julie Billiart Schools, a family of K-8 coeducational, independent day schools for children with learning differences.

Overview

Welcome! 

We’re delighted that you’re considering Julie Billiart Schools for your child. We’re coeducational, K-8 day schools in Akron, Lyndhurst, and Westlake for children with learning differences. We promise to walk hand-in-hand with you through the process of visiting, exploring, and applying to your campus of choice. 

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Admissions

General Questions

For more information about our admissions process, click here.

How are admissions decisions made?

All completed applications are reviewed by our Administration Team. If eligible, your child will then be invited to the school for an individualized assessment and observation.

Admission decisions are based on your child’s readiness and potential to benefit from our program. The school principal will typically notify the family within 7-10 days of a decision.

Are scholarships available to help with the cost of tuition?

If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from your home school district, he or she is qualified for one of two scholarships offered by the state of Ohio. Visit our Scholarships page for more information

What happens if space is not available at my child’s grade level?

If space is not available at your school of interest at the time of the admission decision, your child will be placed on a waitlist and notified when space becomes available. Because of our small class sizes, we encourage families to complete and return the admissions application as early as possible.

We also encourage families to explore potential openings at other JB campuses. Regardless of the location, families can expect the same exceptional education programs and services at all three schools.

Does my child need to be a practicing Catholic to attend JB?

No. Julie Billiart Schools welcome all faith traditions, however, students are expected to participate in religion class, weekly prayer services, and mass when celebrated during the school day.

Is there a fee to apply?

Typically, yes. There is a $50 non-refundable fee to submit an application. This fee is a reduced processing fee that allows our team to thoughtfully review your application and helps to cover the cost of our secure application system.

However, we have currently waived this fee. Now is a great time to apply to Julie Billiart Schools.

Does a student need to have an official diagnosis to enroll at JB?

Every JB student has an official diagnosis that qualifies him or her to receive special education services. Diagnoses, and IEPS, are helpful because they communicate common language, issues and needs.

However, we do not require students to have an educational or medical diagnosis – although available scholarship funding is contingent upon an IEP.

Does JB serve 2e and gifted children?

We do have a small population of twice exceptional (2e) children who need extra emotional and social support. While we can differentiate and meet the needs of 2e, we don't have a specific gifted program.

Is there an application deadline?

No. Julie Billiart Schools offers rolling admissions, which means we can accept a student at any point in the school year if space is available. Tuition is prorated to the time of enrollment. Note that some campuses have a waitlist for certain grades.

We encourage you to apply as soon as you’re ready so that we can begin to process your application. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they’re received.

What if I can’t attend an Open House?

We believe that visiting our Schools is the best way for parents to find out if Julie Billiart Schools are the right place for their child. We recommend attending an Interested Parent Open House in the year prior to enrolling your child.

However, because we have a limited number of Open Houses each year, that’s not always possible. If you can’t attend an Open House at your campus of interest, please consider:

  • Attending an open house at a different JB campus. All schools offer the same onsite therapies, direct intervention, and small class sizes. Even if it’s not the campus you’ve applied to, any JB Open House will give you a feel for what to expect.
  • Scheduling a one-on-one visit by emailing admissions@jbschool.org
  • Watching a recorded JB Open House
How are applicants evaluated?

Julie Billiart Schools exist to serve students who have a learning difference that is not adequately being met in the student’s current school setting. Through our application and assessment process, students are evaluated to ensure they are a good fit with Julie Billiart Schools.

A “good fit” is a mutual decision by our Principals and parents of the applicant. We look for children who are willing to try a new school environment, who are open to flexibility and change, who strive to get along with their peers, and who remain open to the learning process.

We expect the same collaboration, openness, and flexibility from parents. Students must adhere to our student handbook and code of conduct

Is there an age requirement for Kindergarten applicants?

Yes. Applicants for Kindergarten must turn five on or before August 1 of the school year in which they will enter Julie Billiart Schools. All enrolled students must be able to use restroom facilities independently.

What behavioral considerations should I keep in mind?

Our certified intervention specials and onsite board certified behavior analysts are accustomed to a variety of behaviors and strategies that students bring to JB. We understand and have empathy for students who use the functions of behaviors to avoid or distract from situations in which they feel like they can’t succeed.

In many cases, when children are in an environment like JB, these behaviors can be reversed. Our BCBAs work closely with teachers and parents to provide behavioral supports that help students process emotions in a healthy way. However, we can’t adequately serve students whose behavior physically or emotionally threatens the learning process, or the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Our program is not designed to serve students with persistent or severe behavior problems. When your child comes to observe, we may invite our BCBA to the meeting to help identify what services we can offer your child. If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior and whether or not it would impact his or her success at JB, please reach out to us via email at admissions@jbschool.org.

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

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