The First Hope is a special place for God’s exceptional children who might require some exceptional help. Not every child is a great fit, so we hope you’ll take some time to get acquainted with each program, then inquire below to schedule your tour date. The entire admissions process is broken down as follows:
Have a question? Great! Give The First Hope Office a call at: 407.206.8801.
Step 1: Inquire – The First Hope Inquiry is a great way to learn more about the program. Start by completing the Admissions Inquiry Form. Upon receipt, The First Hope will place a call to answer any questions and when you are ready, schedule your tour date!
Step 2: Tour – Book your tour date over the phone; it is necessary for all potential families to tour our facilities ensuring The First Hope is an ideal fit for your child! Upon completion of the tour, interested families are invited to officially apply.
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Step 3: Apply – Already toured? The First Hope encourages those who’ve toured to complete an application for enrollment. The online application must be completed and supplemental forms returned to The First Hope office. Each application includes a non-refundable Testing and Evaluation Fee of $200. Parents must create an account, then complete the application for their child.
Step 4: Evaluate – After completing the online application, The First Hope office will call to schedule an in-person testing and evaluation session for your child within 3 business days.
Step 5: Enroll – Within two business days of testing, The First Hope will call the parents with evaluation results. Upon notification of acceptance into The First Hope, families are given the opportunity to enroll. There are a limited number of openings in the program; students who are accepted but waitlisted, or delay enrolling, will have the opportunity to be placed on a waitlist for a spot to open.
The Evaluation fee, paid with the application, covers Academics, Behavior and Social aspects of each child. After the payment is made, the First Hope Office will call to schedule an evaluation appointment. The Evaluation will be performed by a First Hope Teacher. After the results are reviewed by The First Hope, a meeting will be setup via phone or in-person to discuss the recommendations for grade placement and best program fit.
If The First Hope cannot meet the needs of your child, you will be referred to the appropriate resources. If a spot is available, and it is determined that we can meet your child’s needs you will be provided The First Hope’s Admission packet. When no spots are available, your child can join The First Hope Wait List Pool ($100, which will go towards tuition costs at enrollment, will be collected to hold the spot).
The McKay Scholarship is accepted, and Tuition Assistance can be applied for. The First Hope is a provider of The Gardiner Scholarship (formerly known as PLSA), issuing a receipt for reimbursement via FACTS. Please view The First Hope Tuition and Program Overview for tuition and fee related information.
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