McKay Academic Center Admissions

   

McKay Academic Center Admissions

Applying to the MAC

Current Dunham Students

All students currently enrolled in The Dunham School are eligible to receive services from the MAC and do not have to go through a formal admissions process. However, it may be necessary to schedule a meeting to determine the nature of services required, an in some cases, a student will need to obtain an Ed/Psych evaluation. Parents of current students should contact Barbara Germany, director of the McKay Academic Center, at 225-767-7097 ext. 380 to inquire about obtaining services. 

Prospective Families

Parents of prospective students may begin the admissions process by contacting the McKay Academic Center at 225-767-7097 ext. 380 or the Dunham Admissions Office at 225-767-7097 ext. 324. Please be prepared to provide basic information about your child and his or her school history, as well as documentation and other information about specific learning needs. In addition, students applying for admission to the Compensation Program are required to provide a current Ed/Psych evaluation (completed within the last three years).

New students will complete the application process as outlined below and will be asked to come to campus for interviews and testing. During these visits, parents will have the opportunity to learn about The Dunham School and the MAC.  All of these experiences ensure a good match between the family and the school. Please note that the Compensation Program is small by design and may not accommodate all ages each year. Individual consultation with the Admissions Office and the staff of the McKay Academic Center will be necessary to determine the possibility of enrollment. The Dunham School has a long-standing policy of non-discrimination and admits students of any race or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded students at the School. The Dunham School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or ethnic origin in its education program of any of its school activities.

    

MAC Admissions Process for New Students

  1. If possible, attend the Lower School Open House in the fall
  2. Schedule an interview and tour with the Admissions Office and Director of McKay Academic Center
  3. Submit a completed application and fee, along with all accompanying documents (teacher recommendation, principal/director recommendation, personal recommendation, transcript and records release, and Ed/Psych evaluation if applicable) by January 10 priority deadline*
  4. Complete admissions testing (scheduled by Admissions Office once application and fee are received)
  5. Schedule a parent interview with Head of Lower School (only if requested by Admissions Office)
  6. Upon receiving an offer of admission, submit signed enrollment contract and a non-refundable $750 deposit to secure placement

*Applicants whose files are completed by January 10 will be given priority consideration and will be notified regarding admission as soon as the Admissions Committee has reviewed all applicant files. Admissions decisions for candidates whose files are completed after the January 10 priority deadline are made as each application is processed until all available spaces are filled. After that time, accepted students are placed in a wait pool and will be admitted if space becomes available. 

  1. If possible, attend the Open House Showcase in the fall
  2. Schedule an interview and tour with the Admissions Office and Director of McKay Academic Center
  3. Submit a completed application and fee, along with all accompanying documents (applicant statement, math teacher recommendation, English teacher recommendation, principal recommendation, personal recommendation, transcript and records release, and Ed/Psych evaluation if applicable) by January 10 for priority consideration*
  4. Complete admissions testing (scheduled by Admissions Office once application and fee are received)
  5. After receiving notification of successful admissions testing, schedule parent and student interviews with the Upper School Director
  6. Upon receiving an offer of admission, submit signed enrollment contract and a non-refundable $750 deposit to secure placement

*Applicants whose files are completed by January 10 will be given priority consideration and will be notified regarding admission as soon as the Admissions Committee has reviewed all applicant files. Admissions decisions for candidates whose files are completed after the January 10 priority deadline are made as each application is processed until all available spaces are filled. After that time, accepted students are placed in a wait pool and will be admitted if space becomes available. 

2017-2018 McKay Tuition & Fees

Compensation I Tuition (grades K-2)* $28,560
Compensation II Tuition (grades 2-8) $27,540
Transitions Tuition (grades 9-12) $26,520
Dining Fee $750 (grades K-4)
$950 (grades 5-8)
$1050 (grades 9-12)
Technology Fee $500

Students enrolled in the Compensation Program are provided a variety of extra fee-based services that may be added to their tuition. These services may include, but are not limited to, shadows, tutors, out-of-class testing, or other services specific to the individual student's needs.

*Grade 2 placement in Compensation I or II is dependent on the individual student's needs.

MAC Services

Academic Tutoring $50 per hour
$40 per hour (group tutoring; two or more students)
Reading/Dyslexia Remediation $60 per hour*
Homework Helpers $240 per quarter
Shadowing $20 per hour*
MAC Courses* $7,000 annually (one student)
$6,000 annually (two students)
$5,000 annually (three students)
$4,000 annually (four or five students)

*Fees for Reading/Dyslexia Remediation and Shadowing are reduced when two or three students are in a group or are shadowed together. A maximum of five students may be scheduled into individual MAC courses; fees are billed by the month and are adjusted when others join or drop the class.

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