Who We Serve

The dePaul School accepts students in grades 1-8 with a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning difference such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia. Our program requires that students have cognitive ability in the average to superior range. Some students may also have an ADHD diagnosis or challenges with executive functioning in addition to their language-based learning difference.

The dePaul School is not a fit for every learner. We are not equipped to support students with a primary diagnosis of: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, or social/emotional/behavioral disorders. Additionally, we are not a fit for students with a low cognitive capacity. Our goal is to connect students with the right support! If we are not a fit for your child, we will do our best to refer you to a school that is better suited to your child’s needs.

The Admissions Process

1. Connect with the Admissions Team

  • Click here to complete this form and a member of the team will contact you.
  • Or, call the team directly at 727-589-6685.
  • Schedule a tour! Seeing classes in action is the best way to learn about what we do.

2. Submit the required documents via email to admissions@thedepaulschool.org. We require:

  • Most recent diagnostic testing (such as psychoeducational reports)
  • Current IEP or 504 if applicable
  • Current support or learning plan if applicable
  • Most recent standardized testing summaries
  • Most recent report card
  • Parent Questionnaire

If it appears that our school cannot meet your child’s needs, we will do our best to help identify another school or support option. If we feel dePaul could be the right fit for your child, we schedule a campus tour and student shadow day.

3. Shadow Day

This is an opportunity for your child to spend the day in classes with us and gain a feel for our campus and school culture. It also allows us to get to know your child! During the shadow day, your child will have an academic assessment to determine current placement needs. In some cases, a second shadow day may be required.

4. Enrollment Determination

After the shadow day, the Director of Admissions will be in contact with you to review the day. If enrollment is offered, you will receive an enrollment invitation via email.