Katherine Thomas School – Admissions

Process and Procedures

The Katherine Thomas School (KTS) has a rolling admissions policy. Students may be referred through local school districts or apply privately. Tuition and fees for students placed by local school jurisdictions are covered by that district.

The Katherine Thomas School application process takes approximately two weeks from start to finish.

  • Step 1 – Parents or school district express interest in KTS.
  • Step 2 – Admissions Director invites parent(s) to an Open House or school visit.
  • Step 3 – Application or referral packet submitted.
  • Step 4 – The application has an initial review. If initial criteria are met, the application is reviewed by the Admissions Team.
  • Step 5 – Admissions Team determines whether KTS can meet the needs of the student.
  • Step 6 – The lower, middle or high school student is invited for a two-day visit to the school. Preschool students are invited for a one-day visit.
  • Step 7 – Admissions Team observes students during the visit.
  • Step 8 – After reviewing feedback, the Admissions Team makes the acceptance decision.

Interested Parents

Interested parents should contact the Admissions Director and attend an Open House. Personal tours can be arranged.

  • The completed KTS Inquiry for Admissions Form and Consent to Use Email form should be submitted with the Parent Evaluation Form and the $125 application fee.
  • Current psychological and educational tests are required. Reports may be submitted with the application or sent directly from professionals to the Admissions Director. We recommend a psychological evaluation within two years of the date of the application and an educational evaluation within one year.
  • Other relevant tests and reports (speech/language, occupational therapy, etc.) must be submitted if a student is currently or has previously received these services.
  • The child’s present teacher should be asked to complete and submit the Teacher Evaluation Form.

For more information on our admissions policy, please contact us to schedule a visit to our school or RSVP for an Open House.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at The Katherine Thomas School (KTS) reflects the cost of providing highly individualized and integrated instruction for students with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments. KTS offers small class sizes with certified special education teachers, teacher’s assistants, and related service providers.

The rates listed below are for the 2023-2024 school year. Rates will change for the next school year.

KTS Preschool

Tuition: $33,110.22
Activity Fee*: $900

KTS Lower/Middle School Standard Program

Tuition: $48,352.59
Activity Fee*: $2,750.00

KTS High School Standard Program

Tuition: $52,887.34
Activity Fee*: $2,750.00

*Textbooks, instructional materials and supplies, and the cost of field trips are in addition to tuition and covered in the activity fee for each program.

For private pay students, a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 is due upon completion of the admissions process and based on acceptance. The deposit will secure your child’s placement and is applied to the tuition

Intensive Programs


11-month program
Tuition: $91,355.08
Activity Fee: $2,750.00


11-month program
Tuition: $82,688.40
Activity Fee: $2,750.00


Tuition: $65,450.00
Activity Fee: $2,750.00

KTS ESY Program (Summer 2023)

Tuition Lower/Middle: $6,410.45
Tuition High School: $7,052.22

Related Services

Related services are those services that provide individualized focus to bring students to an optimal state for learning. As a part of the admissions process, related services professionals make recommendations after a review of reports, evaluations, and the student’s visit.  Funded students will start with the related services indicated on their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The related services determined by the team are critical to the student’s academic progress. These services are a condition of the student’s acceptance and part of the signed contract. Upon enrollment, there is a 45 to 60 day evaluation period to determine if related services amounts are appropriate to meet the needs of each student. Speech-Language therapy is included in the tuition. All other related services are in addition to tuition for private pay students and based on an hourly rate.

Related Services Offered
Speech-Language Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Counseling Services
Physical Therapy
One-to-one Classroom Aide

Scholarship Program/Financial Aid

To help families make their dreams come true for their children, KTS offers scholarships each year. Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of our donors and TLC’s commitment to supporting families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. Please contact the Admissions Director at (301) 738-9691, ext. 177, for further information and financial aid applications.

Open House Information

Open House Events are held virtually, through Zoom. 

Upcoming Open House Dates:

  1. November 2, 2022
  2. December 7, 2022
  3. January 4, 2023
  4. February 1, 2023
  5. March 1, 2023
  6. April 12, 2023
  7. May 3, 2023
  8. June 7, 2023

Please email us or call (301) 738-9691 (ask for Marjorie Theard) after completing this online form to receive an invite.

Please join us for a presentation of our K – 12 and Preschool Programs at 9:30 a.m. All open houses take place on Wednesdays. Space is limited so please call (301) 738-9691, ext. 177, or complete the form to reserve your place.