Referral Information

How to make a referral to the Orchard Street Academy (formerly AVCAS Program):
A student referral can be made to the Orchard Street Academy by a school district. The district needs to send a packet of information to the principle that includes: current IEP, most recent assessments completed (educational, psychological, OT, Speech, PT, etc.), last 2 progress reports, behavior plan if applicable, discipline report and any other pertinent information.

What happens after the referral packet is received?

  • The packet will be reviewed by the principle and the assistant principle.
  • The principle will contact the sending district after the packet is reviewed and update the district on whether or not our program may be able meet the student's needs.
  • If it is determined that the program may be able to meet the student's needs, the principle and/or assistant principle will set up an informational meeting and tour for student and family. The school district is welcome to join any informational meetings.
  • After the informational meeting, the principle will determine if our program is able to meet the student's academic, clinical and behavioral needs and will contact the district with a decision.
  • If all members of the TEAM are in agreement, an enrollment date will be determined. OSA requires current immunization records and a signed placement page (PL1) prior to student start date.
  • Typically, once we receive a referral the turn around time is approximately two weeks. There are time periods during the school year that are quite busy and will impact the timeline for referral review and placement.
Principle of OSA
Shannon VanderSwaagh

Phone: 508-481-3611
Fax: 508-481-3634


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