Admissions Process

Serendipity is a private therapeutic school, serving students from up to twenty two metro-area public school districts. Currently, 100% of the referrals we receive are generated by public school districts who have determined that their district can no longer meet the needs of a specific student.

Once Serendipity receives a referral, it is reviewed by our Admissions Coordinator. Next, a screening meeting is scheduled with a school district representative, parent/guardian, other relevant team members (i.e. therapist, CASA volunteer, attorney, county caseworker), as well as up to three Serendipity representatives. Following this meeting, Serendipity’s admissions team will review the referral/screening information and determine if Serendipity can provide a program that will produce successful outcomes for the student.

If a decision is made to move forward with a Serendipity placement, one of our Clinical Case Managers will schedule a Mental Health Intake with the student and their parent/guardian. The school district will be contacted after the Intake with information about a start date. Start dates will be set up to five school days following the Intake allowing time for an assessment and treatment plan to be written and for the classroom staff to prepare to welcome the new student.

An IEP review will be scheduled at least six weeks into a student’s enrollment to give the team an opportunity to review and discuss the student’s transition into our program. At this time, discharge criteria for the student will be determined.

For Parents/Guardians

If you are interested in considering Serendipity as a resource for your child, our Admissions Coordinator, Kim Forbes would be glad to help you find the right contacts in your child’s school district to discuss options.

For Districts

To download a School District Referral form, click here. Download the PDF and complete ALL FIELDS. Attach the form* to an email and send to our Admissions Coordinator, Kim Forbes at: with the accompanying required documentation.
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Non-Discrimination Policy

Serendipity Center, Inc. will not discriminate against any individual with respect to provision of services based upon that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, disability, gender identity, source of income or familial status. Additionally, Serendipity complies with Executive Order 11246, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.