In order for a student to attend W. Ross Macdonald School, the student must:
If you would like more information about our programs or about the admissions process, please contact:
Appeals From decisions regarding Admission
The Superintendent, the parent of an applicant or an applicant who is eighteen (18) years of age or over may request in writing that the Minister of Education appoint a committee to hear and decide any question concerning the eligibility for admission of the applicant. Upon receipt of a request, the party will be sent a letter setting out the process for the hearing of an appeal.
If you are interested in learning more about our school, we encourage you to call us to come for a visit. Typically families, with their child, and often school staff, will come in for a meeting with the principal or vice principal and we will share information about the school. We then take a tour, visiting all areas of the school so that you can see what the classroom areas, specialty areas (such as the music rooms, gym, woodworking room, art room, etc.), lunchroom, and residences look like. On the tour you will meet many different staff and students who are always happy to answer any questions you might have. There is absolutely no pressure at this visit. If you are interested, we will share the admissions process with you and send you with an admissions package.
Admissions Package & Trial
Once you have had a tour, and decide you are interested in your child attending, you will need to complete the admissions package and return as soon as possible. Once the admissions package is in, students who would be in our blind elementary or secondary programs who may be interested in coming to our school are welcome to coordinate with us for the students to come for a week trial. During the trial, the student will be assigned to a class for the week and, in elementary, will follow the class schedule, and in secondary, will typically be paired up with another student and attend his/her classes for the week. If your child is a residence student (living farther than 70 minutes bus ride away), he/she can stay in residence for the week. We will arrange for your child to be transported to and from the school for the week!
While your child is at W. Ross Macdonald School for the trial week, we will do several assessments which we will share with you including assessments in Life Skills, Orientation and Mobility, reading comprehension, braille (if applicable), residence, etc. We do this so that we have a really good idea of some of the goals we will need to set if you and your child decide that this is where he/she wants to be!
Once you have send in your admissions package, we will send it through the admissions committee, who will determine whether the appropriate criteria to attend the school are met, whether we have the appropriate program and space for your child and whether our school is a good fit for your child.