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Providing a transformative educational and social experience for students with learning differences. 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

A. We offer an online application process. To begin, click here.

A. The application and all supporting credentials and documents are due by February 1. Parents will be notified of our decision in mid-March. Completed applications that are submitted after the February 1 deadline are reviewed by the admissions committee on a space available basis. 

A. For spring and summer applicants, notification about admissions decisions is made generally within five business days of a completed application.

A. Yes. We serve breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack and beverage, five days a week. Dinner is also provided to students enrolled in Aftercare or participating in afterschool athletics or enrichment programs.

A. Yes, a school uniform is required at Kingsbury Center. The uniform is khaki pants, shorts or skirts and white or navy long- or short-sleeved polo shirts with Kingsbury logo. Our clothing vendors are Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms and Land's End.

A. Lower School (Pre-K through Grade 5) starts at 8:30 a.m. and dismisses at 3:05 p.m., with an early dismissal (12:30 p.m.) each Wednesday.

Middle School (Grades 6-8) classes start at 8:15 a.m. and students are dismissed at 3:15 p.m., with an early dismissal (12:30 p.m.) each Wednesday.

Upper School (Grades 9-12) classes start at 8:05 a.m. and students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m., with an early dismissal (12:30 p.m.) each Wednesday. 

A. Yes. Before Care is offered from 7:00 a.m. until 8:20 a.m. when students are dismissed for class. Students are able to participate in a number of extracurricular and sports activities through our After School Enrichment Program. Aftercare is offered, on a fee basis, until 6:00 p.m. daily.

A. Applicants are selected for Kingsbury's GTLD program based on their learning style, academic aptitude, extracurricular interests and other admissions criteria. Students who are intellectually curious, academically motivated and have a thirst for knowledge may also be a good fit for the GTLD program.

Multiple criteria are used to identify applicants. Current Kingsbury Center students and new applicants are reviewed by a school committee comprised of admissions staff, psychologists, counselors, tutoring staff and other therapeutic service providers.

A. Children are placed in classrooms that will best meet their developmental and academic needs. Teaching and learning styles are taken into consideration, as well as the maturity and age of the student.

A. Our therapeutic service providers vary their delivery methods based on the student’s needs, the skills they are working on and the classroom environment. A speech and language pathologist might choose to schedule her session with a child during recess if they are working on social pragmatic language skills. An occupational therapist may schedule her session with a student during art if the student is working on fine motor objectives. Our therapists are very flexible in accommodating the needs of their students.

The cost of Kingsbury's Therapeutic Services is not included in tuition. For additional information about Kingsbury Center Services, please email or call (202.722.5555, ext. 2440) our Intake Coordinator.

The youngest children in the Lower School program participate in Developmental PE led by an occupational therapist or physical therapist. The goal of this program is to help the children develop basic skills necessary to participate in PE and sports. There is no additional cost for this service.

A. Generally, Lower School students spend two hours on Language Arts in the morning and an hour on Math in the afternoon. The students have a 45-minute block in the afternoon that alternates between Social Studies and Science. The children have PE twice weekly and Library, Music, Computer and Art once a week. The academic program varies from group to group based on the needs of the children. Many factors go into adapting the academic program for our students. For this reason, the academic schedule is not the same for every class every day.

A. In the Lower School programs, the student-to-teach ratio is typically 5:1. The class size depends on the dimensions of the room and the developmental needs of the students. Each classrom has at least one lead teacher and one assistant teacher. The student-to-teacher ratio in Middle and Upper School is less than 7:1.

A. The Parent Teacher Association, which organizes numerous activities yearly, is always happy to have new members. Kingsbury also host special events to which parents are invited to attend. These include our Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day, the Annual Art Salon, our Middle School Math Fair and others. We feel that communication is an integral part of a successful school experience. In addition to twice yearly Parent-Teacher Conferences, we encourage parents to communicate with teachers frequently, via phone or email. Also, parents are always welcome to request a meeting with their child’s team members.