Admissions

Admissions Policy

The Meyer Center for Special Children provides intensive developmental education and therapy services to children with disabilities in the Upstate.

The Meyer Center serves children with disabilities (ages 0-7 years) from all economic and demographic backgrounds. Early intervention is key in determining our students’ pathways to success in education, employment and independent living. Our unique approach integrates early childhood education with intensive therapy. Our overarching goal is to bridge the gap between students with disabilities and their same age typical peers.

Preschool Program

The Meyer Center operates as a DSS licensed daycare facility for children under 3.

Eligibility

  • 0-3 years of age
  • Must qualify for 2 of 3 therapies: occupational, speech and/or physical
  • Must qualify for one of the special education classifications: intellectual disability, developmental delay, speech/language impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, traumatic brain injury and/or multiple disabilities.
  • Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale according to household size and income. Proof of income is required.
  • ABC voucher is available for those that meet eligibility requirements

How to Apply
Complete and return student referral and ALL of the following:

  • Individual Family Service Plan
  • Therapy evaluations for at least two of the therapies we offer: speech, physical and/or occupational.

Enrollment
Students are placed on a waiting list and are added to the program first come, first serve as space is available. Screenings for new students occur in the spring and children are typically added at the beginning of the school year.

South Carolina Public Charter School

The Meyer Center is chartered by the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) as an Alternative Education Campus (AEC).
Eligibility Requirements

  • Age 3 by September 1 of the upcoming school year
  • Must qualify for two of three therapies: occupational, speech and/or physical.
  • Must score below average on the DP3 assessment and qualify for one of the special education classifications: intellectual disability, developmental delay, speech/language impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, traumatic brain injury, autism and/or multiple disabilities.
  • Attends school at no cost during the school year

Enrollment Process

  1. Open Enrollment

Enrollment is limited by the number of spots available and capacity of school charter 

Open Enrollment is held from the first day of August through last day of February each year. If more applications are received during Open Enrollment than there are spots available, a lottery for the coming school year will be held following open enrollment. 

To be eligible for enrollment and/or potential lottery, a student must have completed the Child Find process with their home school district and complete and return student referral form including ALL the following to the Meyer Center by the last day in February:

  • Child Find eligibility determination letter 
  • Psychological or Confidential Report 
  • Current IEP

Incomplete applications and applications received after the last day of open enrollment will not be eligible for the lottery.

  1. Enrollment

As an Alternative Education Campus, students enrolled at the Meyer Center are grouped in classrooms according to age, cognition and ability. The needs of the students will drive or determine the number of classrooms.  

After open enrollment, applicants will be placed in queue, on a first come, first-serve basis, in anticipation of a lottery. Applicants will be grouped by the most appropriate classroom spot as determined after reviewing the required documents above. These documents must be received by the last day of open enrollment to be eligible for enrollment and/or lottery. 

In the event a lottery is not required, qualifying students will be admitted and placed on a first come, first-serve basis. Applicants will be required to go through the screening process for final eligibility determination as described below. 

  1. Lottery

If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the school on the last day of Open Enrollment, a lottery will be held to determine enrollment. Applicants that are selected on the basis of a lottery will be given a non-identifying number to participate in the lottery process. The lottery will be open to the public and duly publicized. A non-involved party will conduct the lottery. The official results will be notarized immediately after. 

Applicants that are not selected during the lottery process will be placed on a waiting list. These applicants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows.  

  1. Screenings for Final Eligibility Determination

After Open Enrollment, all applicants admitted on either a first come, first serve basis or selected via lottery will be invited to a pre-screening session in March. Prior to the pre-screening appointment, parent/guardian must confirm that no material changes have occurred with the applicant’s circumstance. This screening will determine final eligibility and appropriate class placement. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements above.

After the pre-screenings are conducted, the admissions team will make final determination of the student’s eligibility by:

  1. Reviewing all documentation submitted as part of the application process
  2. Reviewing the results of the screenings and parent consultation
  3. If necessary, the admissions team may seek the consultation of a psychiatrist, psychologist or physician regarding documentation and/or evaluation results, interpretation and/or ambiguity.

Appeals regarding the final eligibility determination of a student may be made to the Meyer Center Board of Directors no later than 15 days after notification. The decision by the Board of Directors is final. If no appeal is made, all decisions made by the admissions team are final.

Special Exceptions

Children of Meyer Center employees and siblings of children already enrolled at Meyer Center are exempt from the lottery and given enrollment preference as allowable per state and federal law.

For further information or to make an inquiry, please fill out the form above OR contact the Center’s Senior Director of Social Work, Lynne Thompson, at (864) 250-0005, extension 254.
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