Students accepted into Saint Lucy School are placed according to age and academic ability. Saint Lucy School accepts those who are five years of age by September 1st are eligible to enter the kindergarten class. First grade students must be six years of age by September 1st. Students are welcome to register anytime during the school year.
A student’s particular visual impairment is considered when applying to our program. All students must be diagnosed by a optometrist or ophthalmologist as an individual with a visual impairment. A student's most recent eye report must be shared to make this determination.
Specifically this means:
- A visual acuity of 20/70 or less in the better eye with correction.
- A visual field loss in which the peripheral field is 20 degrees or less.
- A reduced acuity of better than 20/70 if the child also demonstrates symptoms such as:
- Students who are adjusting to sudden visual loss or eye surgery are admitted on a trial basis.
- Cortical Visual Impairment diagnosis
Although the majority of students at Saint Lucy School have visual impairment as their sole disability, children with mild secondary handicaps may be accepted into the program at the discretion of the principal and in consultation with the parents and teachers.
General Admission Guidelines
Students may be referred to Saint Lucy's by a variety of sources including: physicians, low vision clinics, school districts, intermediate units and parents. The following steps need to be completed prior to initial placement:
- Schedule an appointment to visit our school and to meet with the principal.
- Complete and return the New Student Application and Health Packet.
- If the student meets the criteria for admission, the child will be admitted to Saint Lucy School.
- Parents will sign a release of information to be forwarded to us if your child attends another school.
- Parents will be required to re-register annually.
The following documents are required at the time of registration:
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal Certificate
- Passport if Applicable
- Medical Records (Students will need to have an eye report no more than three years old.)
- Psycho-Educational Records (no more than 2 years old)
- Most recent IFSP or IEP.
- Most recent Evaluation/ReEvaluation Report.
- Behavior Reports
- Letter from Pastor of Your Home Parish if Catholic
- Pertinent Legal Information (custody papers)