A Message from Our Vice President of Schools

Welcome to The Help Group’s Admissions Office. We appreciate your interest in our schools and invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about our nine specialized day schools.
Recognizing the challenges in selecting the right school for your child, the admissions process is designed to provide opportunities for you to learn more about our schools and to ask questions to help ensure a “good fit” between the needs of the student and the strengths of the school.
We look forward to getting to know you and your child throughout the admissions process. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 877-943-5747 or email us at admissions@thehelpgroup.org

Shayne Horan, Ed. D
Vice President of Schools


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Admissions Process

Admissions Process

Below is a brief outline of the steps involved in The Help Group’s admissions process.

Parents Open House

Open Houses for prospective parents provide them with the opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about the school’s program, philosophy and approach. They also include time to ask questions as well as tour the campus. Please call us at 818-779-5262 to RSVP for an upcoming Open House.


Applications are available via the link below or from the Admissions Office. The application provides a checklist of required documents. After you complete the application, you may upload it via this website, email it to pjohnson {at} thehelpgroup.org or mail it along with the supporting documents to The Help Group Admissions Office, 13130 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.


You will be contacted by the Admissions Office within one week of our receiving the application to arrange an interview with you, your child and an Admissions staff person. This 60-90 minute meeting will review your child’s needs, provide time for questions and give your child an opportunity to see the school.

Outside Information

After the interview, the Admissions evaluator will request your written permission to contact one or more professionals who know your child well in order to obtain information from their point of view. Generally this will include your child’s most recent teacher.

The Decision

Once the evaluator has heard from the professional(s) mentioned above, parents will be contacted within 7 to 14 days with the admissions decision.


The final step of the process entails parent(s) completing all necessary forms prior to the student starting school.




Question:  How can my child attend a Help Group school?

Answer: Students who attend one of The Help Group schools either pay privately or receive approval from their school district for non-public school placement. Through the IEP process (Individualized Education Plan), the school district makes a determination that a non-public school is the most appropriate setting for your child. Once the district has approved placement, then the student is eligible to be considered for enrollment. For further information, contact the Admissions Office at 818-779-5262.

Question: How can I make arrangements to visit one of The Help Group schools?

Answer: You can get orientation information by calling the Admissions Office at 818-779-5262. These meetings are held frequently at every campus and provide families an opportunity to hear the school philosophy, ask questions and see the school. Families should call to make a reservation for the next scheduled meeting.

Question:  Can you describe the admissions process for Help Group schools?

Answer: We will need an application with supporting documents to begin the admissions process. The application is available on this website. After you complete the application, you may upload it via this website, email it to pjohnson {at} thehelpgroup.org or mail it along with the supporting documents to The Help Group Admissions Office, 13130 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401.

After submitting an application, our Admissions Office will schedule an interview with an admissions evaluator for you and your child. After this meeting, the evaluator will contact professionals who have worked with your child (a recent teacher, for example) to gather additional information. Materials you have submitted and information gathered will then be reviewed by our Admissions Committee to determine if there is an appropriate match with one of our programs.

Question: Is transportation provided?  How does that work, and who will drive my child?

Answer: Door-to-door transportation is generally available for funded students. If transportation is indicated on your student’s IEP, it will be provided by the school district or The Help Group. The Help Group utilizes three major student transportation carriers: two bus companies (First Student and Atlantic Express) and Administrative Services (Yellow Cab, City Cab, etc.). All bus and cab drivers have received training from their respective companies in transporting students with special needs. In addition to that training, the drivers have received general information from our Clinical Directors about the student population and suggestions as to how to interact with the students in their vehicle. All drivers have Department of Justice and FBI clearance.

Contact Us

For more information about Admissions, please fill out the form below, or call Patricia Johnson at 818.779.5262.




Please click the button below to begin the application process. Be sure to submit any supporting documents (if you have them). Once completed, an admissions associate will be in touch within three business days.

Questions? Please contact our admissions office at 877.943.5747 or admissions@thehelpgroup.org.

Application Calendar Year 2023-2024