"I am thankful for Trousdale School because I love hanging out with my friends. I am thankful that I conquered my fear of performing in front of crowds at the musical."

Joseph S., Student since 2007


Typical Trousdale School Student

  • Age 22 or older
  • Termination of services from the LEA (local education agency) programs
  • Primary eligibility is demonstrated through evidence that the student’s previous school placements were either in a self-contained classroom or within the regular education classroom utilizing the support of inclusion services.
  • Exhibits baseline academic levels and skillsets as assessed by the Trousdale School assessments and as evidenced in historical psychological paperwork/IEP.
  • Show evidence of independent care of self (toileting, dressing, meals, etc.)
  • Physically able and willing to participate in group activities and interact with others
  • Demonstrates the ability to self-monitor and self-maintain appropriate personal behaviors
  • Willingness and ability to participate in Trousdale School assessments
  • Ability to self-manage medication and other health-related issues
  • Support of family/guardian
  • Student interest in continuing the educational process
  • Willingness to host a home visit from members of the admissions team

Pre-Admission Process

This is a high level synopsis of the pre-admission process. For more information, we invite you to schedule a tour of the school. These tours are typically scheduled on Tuesday afternoons.

  1. The family/guardian completely fills out the “Application for Enrollment” and returns it to the Student Services Coordinator. All required documentation must be submitted with a completed Application for Enrollment.
  2. The student's file is reviewed by the admissions team. If the individual meets the criteria, the admissions team invites the individual for a week long evaluation.
  3. If the team approves the student to move to the next step after the week long evaluation, the student will be invited back as a probationary student for a three month evaluation. If the student and family agree to participate, the family begins paying tuition at this time. Assessments by the staff will be completed during this probationary period.
  4. If all parties agree at the culmination of three months that the student is a good fit for the school, and the school is a good fit for the student, the student will be invited to continue services.


Trousdale School admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

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