Program Admissions

Andrus day school and residential treatment programs are designed for children who need more supports than are available in a traditional academic setting.

Admissions to Our Programs

Small class sizes, a high staff-to-student ratio, well-trained clinicians and educators, and a safe, supportive school environment are just a few of the things that make Andrus the right choice and the best setting for students with special needs. Our admissions team works with you, your school district, hospitals, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, and parent advocates to identify the needs of your child, and to develop an appropriate educational and therapeutic program to meet those needs.

We want to understand each child’s particular situation or needs. Whether you are a parent or caregiver, clinician, educator, school psychologist, or CSE team member, please feel free to contact us by phone or email, or use the Admissions Inquiry Referral Form below.

Our Referral and Application Process

Admissions is the point of entry for children and families, and all school-based referrals to our day school and residential programs. Admissions Associates collaborate with families and each child’s home school district through the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Planning and Placement Team (PPT) to assess how placement with Andrus will support the individual social, emotional, behavioral, and educational needs of the child.

Process Overview

Here’s a step-by-step overview of the Andrus Admissions process:

  1. A referral is received from the school district.
  2. We review the information. Additional documentation may be requested to finalize the referral.
  3. If the program is thought to be a good fit, the child and family are invited for an interview* and tour of our campus.
  4. *For families that live several hours away, web-based interviews can be conducted.
  5. If all parties agree that placement at the Andrus day school or the residential program will support and enrich the child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and educational functioning, acceptance to the program is granted.
  6. Once the child is accepted, Admissions partners with parents and CSE or PPT to facilitate the collection of any additional documentation needed.
  7. A date of admission is scheduled.
  8. This process applies to new student referrals, as well as current students transitioning between programs.

To Make a Referral

Please provide the following documentation to Andrus Admissions:

  • An Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Science lab information
  • Contact information for the student’s guidance counselor
  • Psychological and Educational Evaluations made within the past three years
  • A Mental Health Evaluation within the past one year (evaluations can be provided by a student’s treating psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, neurologist and/or developmental pediatrician and must include diagnosis, treatment modalities utilized, including any medication management, and current level of functioning.  A neuropsychological evaluation will also be accepted)
  • A Social History made within the past one year
  • Any applicable related services evaluations and progress notes, including related service reports, for students receiving speech and language, or occupational, therapy
  • All referral packets should be emailed to Admissions Director Mosaka Harris at campusadmissions@jdam.org.
  • If materials need to be mailed, please send to Attn: Admissions Department, Andrus, 1156 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701

Learn More About the Orchard School and its Programs

If you have questions or want to learn more about The Orchard School and its programs, please call our main office at (914) 798-5588, or email us at mainoffice@orchardschool.orgTo learn more about Andrus and explore therapeutic education and treatment for your child, student or patient, please send us  the completed Admissions Inquiry Form below.

Admissions Criteria

Our admissions are based on school district or agency referrals, as well as the individual needs of the child. Day and residential program costs are covered by the home school district. The Andrus licensed therapeutic program includes youth aged 5-16 who are struggling with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges related to:
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Mood Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Social Phobia and Refusal

Admissions Inquiry Form

To learn more about Andrus and explore therapeutic education and treatment for your child, student or patient, please complete the Admissions Inquiry Form below.

  • Please review the Admissions Criteria above before completing this form.
  • School district referral is required ahead of application to our program.
  • Tours are offered following student referral, based upon determination of program appropriateness for the student’s individual needs.
  • All information submitted within this form is confidential.

To Learn More

If you have questions or want to learn more about The Orchard School and its programs, please call our main office at (914) 798-5588, or email us at campusadmissions@orchardschool.orgTo explore therapeutic education and treatment for your child, student or patient, please send us  the completed Admissions Inquiry Form above.