PALS Admissions Process

Parents are invited to an introductory meeting with our Head of School and Director of Admissions. This provides a forum in which to explore the scope and depth of our program independent of and in relationship to Carmel Academy. It also provides the opportunity to discuss your child’s specific needs.
Admittance to the PALS program is predicated upon a detailed review of all the documentation, including evaluations, parental input, and either an in-house and/or on-site classroom observation. Acceptance letters are included with tuition contracts. The contract and a non-refundable deposit of $2,000, applied toward tuition, must be returned within two weeks to secure a given placement. Students may be accepted throughout the year pending availability of space.
Parents who wish to be considered for tuition assistance must complete the tuition assistance applications. All requests will be handled confidentially.

We look forward to working with you and appreciate your interest in Carmel Academy.

Application Forms:
To be considered for admission, please submit the following: 

Arrange a Visit

To arrange a tour of the PALS Program or request additional information, please feel free to contact:

Ella Shteingart
Director of Admissions
Phone: 203-983-3503

PALS Admission

  • The PALS program accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis.
  • After the introductory meeting, please submit the application packet with the required non-refundable application fee of $250.00.
  • As part of the application process all current reports must be submitted, including any or all of the following evaluations/reports: Educational, Psychological, Medical, Neurological, Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy, Speech/Language, etc.
  • An information release form is required to facilitate an exchange of information with all appropriate adjunct service providers as well as school personnel.
  • Following a review of all the documents, when possible, an observation will take place in your child’s current educational setting. This is designed to add dimension to the reports, evaluations and assessments. It is an opportunity to view your child as he/she navigates in a familiar environment. Particular attention will be paid to academic, social, behavioral, motor, and language performance. It is not a formal assessment of skills, but rather an informal snapshot of strengths and weaknesses. There will be little if any interaction with the observer; impressions will be shared with parents.
  • A formal letter of acceptance will be mailed once a decision by the Admissions Committee has been reached.

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  • Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving children from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.

Carmel Academy is a recipient of UJA Greenwich, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The UJA Federation on New York.