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Who We Serve - Admission Criteria


The goal of the admissions process at North Bridge Academy is to determine that a child’s needs can be appropriately served by our program.  The information in this section of our website describes who we serve, our admissions policies and information on tuition and financial aid.   


We accept students with the following:


  • Diagnosis of dyslexia or another language-based learning difficulty either with or without an accompanying attention deficit disorder

  • Expressive Language Disorder

  • Experiencing difficulty acquiring literacy skills (reading and spelling)

  • Difficulty processing information, working memory deficits, organization challenges, study skills, time management or other executive functioning skills

  • Central Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Dyscalculia

  • Average to above-average cognitive ability (as demonstrated on the WISC-V, or WISC-IV psycho-educational assessment)

  • Motivation to participate in the school’s programs and show evidence that they understand their learning difficulties

  • Support of their parents in terms of the policies and guidelines set out by North Bridge Academy School


Admissions Policies

We are unable to meet the needs of students with:


  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

  • Severe, uncontrolled ADHD

  • Asperger’s Syndrome

  • PDD/Autism

  • Primary Emotional and/or Behavioral issues

  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder

  • Historical emotional or behavioral problems beyond those of educational frustration

  • Diagnosed with a conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder or any other emotional or behavioral difficulties




The North Bridge Academy School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic 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, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Application Process

Our 2019-20 admissions season has formally ended.  Our formal admission season for the 2020-21 academic school year will begin in October.  

1. Take a school tour:

Please email Karen at to schedule a tour.  Our tours begin with a 30-minute presentation about dyslexia, our methodologies and an overview of the program.  Following that, parents will have an opportunity to observe a Slingerland lesson.  

2.  Get your application materials together:

Please submit:

1) Completed application and $100 application fee

2) Neuro-psych assessment results and IEP documentation (if applicable).  See Get Your Ducks In A Row below

3) Student Evaluation form

 Please sign the evaluation before you submit it to your teacher. Student Evaluation forms can be mailed to North Bridge Academy at 17 Buena Vista Ave, Mill Valley, CA . 94901  or emailed to

3. 2020-21 School year applications materials date January 24, 2020


4.  Student visit: 

Following an internal review of application materials, students who meet our criteria will be asked to shadow for a day in February.

5.  Placement decisions will be announced on March 19, 2020. 

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE - Friday, January 31, 2020. To ensure equity, we partner with SSS by NAIS. Please contact Karen Rosenquist ( for information on the application process.  2018 tax returns will be required to complete the application.

Things To Do

Have an Ed/Psych test performed on your child.  

Allow 2-3 months


Find your last two years of tax records if you plan to apply for financial aid

 Know Your Options

  • Get to know us. Call. Email. Explore our website.

  • Visit other schools in the Bay Area that serve dyslexic students. This is one of the best ways to determine if North Bridge Academy is what you are looking for.  Click here to link to those schools and a map showing where they are located.

  • Meet with an Educational Therapist to determine if your child would benefit from our program.

  • Please read the section about the students we serve.  If you feel that we may be able to serve your child, please contact


Get Your Ducks in a Row

  1. Have your child’s Educational/Psychological test ready to submit. The report should include all composite and subtest scores (standard scores and percentile ranks) for a comprehensive test of cognitive abilities e.g., Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV or WISC-V), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), or Woodcock-Johnson III Normative Update (WJ III NU) Tests of Cognitive Abilities AND a test of achievement skills e.g., Woodcock-Johnson III Normative Update (NU) Tests of Achievement or Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III).  If you haven’t done Ed. Psych testing for your child, call us for at 415-462-5657 for a referral.  Plan ahead, it can take 2-3 months to schedule an appointment, conduct the test and receive the results.

  2. We will need your child’s latest report card.

  3. Ask a teacher to complete a student evaluation form. Click here for form.


What We Do On Our End

  • Once we receive your child's application and materials, we review everything to understand your child's learning profile.  We will contact you if we need additional information. 

  • We schedule an observation day to observe select applicants.  Observation days will take place in late January or February. Specific dates TBD.

  • The decision to admit a child is a group decision based on the input from our teachers, our Curricular Lead and our Head of School.   

If you have more questions about admissions, please contact

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for 2019-20 tuition is $28,800.  A tuition increase is under review for the 2020-21 school year and will be announced by October 9, 2019.  


North Bridge Academy is committed to socio-economic inclusion.  We encourage all families, regardless of ability to pay to apply.  Annual financial awards have ranged from $2,500 to $15,000.  Awards are based on demonstrated financial need. We partner with SSS by NAIS to ensure equity and verification in award decisions.  Financial awards are in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid.  Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Please e-mail to request more information about applying for financial assistance.





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