COVID-19 UPDATES

The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children still is following the guidelines provided to schools by Akron Children’s Hospital School Health and Canton Health Department. Temperature taking, handwashing, and optional masks continue to be our protocols. Any person entering the building with COVID-like symptoms and/or at-home exposure are asked to remain home.

Admissions

The Golden Key Admissions Process

The Golden Key admission process is a step-by-step approach that prevents the families from being overwhelmed. The Golden Key understands that all students may or may not thrive in our program so a comprehensive approach to reviewing potential students occurs.

Step 1: Application Review

The Evaluation Team Report (ETR) Eligibility. Every child that attends the Key’s Preschool Intervention Program or School must have an eligibility that meets the requirements for the State of Ohio Autism or Jon Peterson Scholarships.

The ETR Eligibility is obtained by the school district of residence of the student. This eligibility is put into place by the team defined at the meetings. Teams include parents, Intervention Specialist, General Education Teacher and District Representative.

Following the ETR a student then receives an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that outlines the goals and objectives of the students to meet the student.

When both of these documents are obtained from the school district both then are sent to the Executive Director and Assistant Principal to determine the fit for the student and family within the existing program.

Step 2: Tour

Every family is brought through the Center to see the program in action, while students are in session, to provide an understanding of what the Center does. This also provides a comfort to families to see the importance of communicating as a team. During this tour, families are able to meet with the Executive Director and/or the Assistant Principal.

Step 3: Scholarship application process

If a family and the administration finds that a placement for the student at the Golden Key would work, the guardians are provided the State of Ohio’s scholarship applications (which application that meets the ETR eligibility). The application is submitted.

Step 4. Enrollment packet and start date

After the scholarship application is in process the Enrollment Packet is then provided to the families. Once all enrollment papers are returned to the school a start date is provided.  

Please contact The Golden Key at 330-493-4400 to learn more about this admissions process. We will be happy to walk you through it and answer your questions.

The Golden Key offers three programs:

Pre-Intervention Services

This is a year round program for students 3-5 years of age who have received an eligibility of autism from their school district of residence. Students receiving this will be able to apply for the State Funded Autism Scholarship. For details on how to receive an eligibility please contact us and we will be happy to guide you through the process.

Non-Public Specialized Charter School

This is a school based program that offers education for students kindergarten age through grade 8. This program is an individualized educational program that encourages student success by offering one-on-one tutoring as well as all therapies outlined in the IEP. Ratio for our school-aged classes are at most 12 students to 2 teachers and a support staff. Additionally, every student is assigned to an Intervention Specialist.

Typical Peer Program

This innovative concept will couple both Ohio Department of Job & Family Services standards and the Ohio Department of Education elements. The program will be geared to prepare your student for kindergarten and will allow for our intervention students to interact with typical peers. This interaction will provide modeling aspects and integration into age-appropriate programming for our special-needs students. The Typical Peer Program follows our school calendar.

Ohio Autism Scholarship

Ages 3 to 5 and all school age children

Jon Peterson Scholarship

Kindergarten-8th grade

All Program Fees

Please contact us at 330-493-4400 or gbannevich@goldenkeyschool.com.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom

The Golden Key utilizes the Google Classroom as its technology platform.

This HIPPA compliant and secure program allows for our students to have access to the appropriate education if a remote school is put in place. Each classroom is designated its own link to allow for teachers, therapist and intervention specialist to connect with families.

Please see your student’s teacher to receive the appropriate Google Classroom Link and your student’s Golden Key Email.

Note: A Golden Key Email address is required for each student at The Golden Key.

Private Tuition Payments

The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children Inc., provides various programs that are not covered by the Ohio Choice Scholarships. Payments for these services are made via Tuition Express®. Please follow the link to set up your personal Tuition Express payment account.