Criteria and Process

ASCE Program Admissions Criteria and Process

ASCE Admissions for Fall 2021 has closed.

Applications for Fall 2022 will open in August.

In order to be sure that the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth is the best match for our applicants, we require an application packet be completed for each student.

Upon entering, it is expected that students will demonstrate the following minimum requirements:

ASCE Admission Criteria

  • 3rd grade reading level (preferred)
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic mathematics with the ability to use calculator
  • Ability to operate independently for a sustained period of time
  • No significant behavioral or emotional problems that would impact school performance
  • Ability to be successful in competitive employment situations
  • Desire and motivation to complete a post-secondary program
  • Have a willingness to complete all assignments with support
  • Successfully completed a high school program (served under IDEA)

The Academy welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of age, race, sex, religion, disability, or cultural background. Admission to the Academy is based on several factors, and requirements for admission have been developed in accordance with the unique goals of the Academy under the direction of Kennesaw State University.

Applicant credentials must indicate a reasonable chance of successful completion of the Academy program. Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s previous record of appropriate preparation, academic performance, test results, personal qualities, and experience. It is the responsibility of the potential applicant to provide documentation.

Admission is a selective process and meeting deadlines, or minimum requirements will not necessarily guarantee acceptance; however, these students may be placed on a waiting list. Applicants must meet specified KSU admissions criteria and can be denied acceptance regardless of Academy Admissions decisions.

Approval for admission is valid only for the term specified at the time of acceptance and does not imply that approval will be granted for a term not specified. It is permissible to submit copies of all records except for transcripts. The Academy is unable to make copies for applicant documentation.

The Academy reserves the right to withdraw admission prior to or following enrollment if the student has falsified application materials or otherwise demonstrated ineligibility as determined by the standards of the Academy, the University, and/or the Board of Regents.

All applicants less than 22 years of age are encouraged to consider opportunities available in their current school system under Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) before committing to this fee-based program


ALCD Program Admissions Criteria and Process

ALCD Invitation: Decisions will be released by March 1.

In addition to the general minimum requirements students must meet to be admitted into the Academic, Social and Career Enrichment program (ASCE), students who are considered for the ALCD program are expected to have successfully completed the ASCE program. Students interested in the ALCD program will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria:

Mandatory Criteria

Students must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission into the program.

  1. Attendance at 80% of program meetings during the student’s enrollment in the ASCE program. Such meetings shall include, but are not limited to, study hall, social hours, and internship participation.
  2. Demonstrate, through the evaluation of Academy staff and the submission of evaluation and documentation from qualified mental health care professionals, that they do not suffer from a mental health or behavioral condition that would impact their ability to function or participate fully in the ALCD Program.
  3. Successful academic performance in ASCE, which may be demonstrated by a B average in their courses.
  4. Ability to function independently for sustained periods of time, as demonstrated by the student’s active participate in their former program and staff evaluations.
  5. No reports of disruptive behaviors. For purposes of this criterion, such reports include, but are not limited to, reports or complaints from case managers, Residence Life, Student Conduct, the Office of Institutional Equity, or Public Safety.

Secondary Criteria

Students must meet the majority of the following criteria to be considered for admission into the program.

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills, which shall be evaluated using successful completion of the professional communication courses with a grade of B or better. Additional measures may include a formalized assessment in reading and positive evaluations by intern supervisors and academic advisors.
  2. The student must have marketable skills that will allow them to work in a professional environment Measures in this area may include successful completion of the customer service certificates and positive evaluations by intern supervisors and academic advisors.
  3. Reduced reliance on peer and social mentors, as demonstrated through evaluations of academic advisors, social mentors and peer mentors. Additionally, students may be reviewed by our program social worker.
  4. The student must demonstrate an interest in continuing his or her education as evidenced by previous course assignments and discussions with their academic advisors.
  5. The student must demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to self-advocate. Measures in this area may include yearly participation in self-advocacy day, successful completion of groups, and a positive evaluation by academic advisors.

Students that meet all of the Mandatory Criteria herein and the majority of the Secondary Criteria may receive an invitation to be part of the ALCD program. The Academy reserves the right to decline to invite any student into the ALCD program for any reason not prohibited by law.