Admissions

Parents come to Glenwood for two basic reasons. First, they believe that their children deserve a quality education and, perhaps more importantly, they find a safer, more structured community away from the gangs, drugs, and violence that plague troubled neighborhoods today.

To fill out an online application, please click here. Fill out all of the necessary information, then email your completed application to Karen Davis, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, at southcampusadmissions@glenwoodacademy.org.

Please click on the following to learn more about Glenwood Academy:
What are the criteria for admissions?
Who attends Glenwood?
How do I enroll my high school child at Glenwood?
Who does NOT attend Glenwood?
When does Glenwood accept new students?
What is the Glenwood curriculum?
Does your staff have special training?
Where do children live during the week?
Is Glenwood a military school?
What do the children wear?
What is the cost of tuition?
When will my child come home? Can he/she call?
What is your racial mix?
What are the class and cottage sizes?
Is extra help available for students?
What activities are available in the cottages for children?
What are the “Five Basic Skills”?
What if my child becomes sick?
What is a typical day on campus?

What are the criteria for admissions?

The successful applicant’s need must be consistent with the historical mission of Glenwood. Priority shall be given to students who live with one of more of the following*:

  1. A household with limited financial resources
  2. An insecure or otherwise unsafe learning and living environment for the child
  3. Inadequate daily supervision
  4. Family desertion or divorce
  5. Other serious disturbances affecting the family, such as a disability or significant illness

*Applicants other than those identified above will be considered on a space-available basis. Glenwood’s program is open to participants whose residences are within a suitable distance for active participation in school programs and for being supportive of the school’s efforts.

For more information, please contact Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Karen Davis, at (708) 756-6116, or email your questions to kdavis@glenwoodacademy.org.

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Who attends Glenwood Academy?

Glenwood is a co-ed school with children from 2nd to 12th grade. We accept all races and religions. Glenwood exists to provide a comprehensive learning environment for children impacted by one or more life circumstances such as low or poverty level family income, severely stressed or emotionally challenged family circumstances, unsafe or declining neighborhood conditions, and other family or social conditions that prevent capable students from realizing their full academic and personal growth potential.

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How do I enroll my high school child at Glenwood?

The first prerequisite for enrolling your high school child at Glenwood is that he/she needs to be a graduate from Glenwood’s 8th grade class. Glenwood’s high school program is seen as a privilege for our students who are in the greatest need and have shown the most potential, not just with academics, but through leadership and social growth because there is a limited amount of space in the program. The expectations and responsibilities are higher for the high school students and they must be willing to sacrifice some high school experiences to ensure a better chance of being accepted into the university of their choice.

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Who does NOT attend Glenwood?

Glenwood is not equipped to accept medically fragile, mentally or physically challenged children. Glenwood is not equipped to accept children who have juvenile records, are wards of the state or court, or have been expelled from school. Glenwood is not equipped to accept children further than two years behind in academics or who require extensive special educational needs. We will gladly recommend other programs that specialize in helping children with those needs.

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When does Glenwood accept new students?

Glenwood accepts new students at any time throughout the year. We receive most of applications in June and August prior to the start of the school year. Glenwood accepts children within the grades of 2 – 7 as we believe children in these grades will be able to better understand and follow the Glenwood philosophy.

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What is Glenwood’s curriculum?

Glenwood is a comprehensive education and life skills program that will address the academic, family, social, and emotional risk factors that impede academic and developmental success for students. Our academic focus is designed to prepare our students for further education in high school and college by laying the foundation for our them to envision themselves succeeding in college and a future career. Glenwood’s residential focus is on leadership, empowerment, compassion for others, and problem-solving designed to instill excellence in our students throughout all facets of their lives.

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Does your staff have special training?

All residential staff participate in on-going training. the training program focuses on best practices in child development, child discipline, goal setting, communication, and child interventions. The foundation of some of the practices done at Glenwood come from authors such as Allen Mendler and Richard Curwin, Karyn Purvis and David Cross, Tom Dowd and Jeff Tierney, H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelson. Glenwood strongly believes in development for our staff as well as our students.

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Where do the children live during the week?

Children live on campus in a home-like environment called a cottage. Cottages are separated by gender and age: boys 2nd-5th grade, boys 6th-8th grade, high school boys, girls 2nd-5th grade, girls 6th-8th grade, and high school girls. Houseparents are the main supervisors and student care givers in the cottages. House parents are married couples, sometimes with children and pets of their own, creating a family environment. There are approximately 10-12 students in each cottage all selected and placed by a qualified committee of Glenwood staff to best meet the students’ needs. Children and their parent/guardians are not able to select a cottage or set of house parents.

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Is Glenwood a military school?

Glenwood is NOT a military school. We do, however, have a military leadership program in which all students actively participate. The program is called the Corp of Cadets. Leadership is important at Glenwood. We believe that children can learn leadership through different curriculum and techniques. Children at Glenwood are taught to be good followers before they lead, to practice servant leadership, self-discipline, and how to be the champion of change. We teach these concepts through the “Everyday Leadership” curriculum, student leadership, community service projects, Ambassadors Club, competitive marching drills (where students can win a variety of prestigious awards) and officers training. Military-styled uniforms are supplied and worn for special events and competitions. Families are invited to attend those competitions.

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What do the children wear?

Grade school students wear a uniform during academic hours consisting of a blue logo shirt or a white shirt, black pants, black polished shoes, a black belt, and socks. After school and when students return to cottages they are permitted to change into casual dress that resembles “play clothes”. There is a strict dress code that must be adhered to in order to keep students feeling safe and comfortable.

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What is the cost of tuition?

Our mission and, therefore, priority is to serve moderate to lower income families. Tuition is based on each individual family’s income. Each family is considered on an individual basis and asked to contribute toward tuition an amount that is affordable to them. Thanks to our thoughtful and generous donors, we are able to cover the additional cost through scholarships. 

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When will my child come home? Can he/she call?

Glenwood is unique because students go home every weekend and on holidays to spend time with their families. A family member/guardian will drop off his/her student(s) on Sunday night and pick the student(s) up on Friday late afternoon within a stated time period. Children routinely call home once a week.

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What is your racial mix?

Glenwood believes that we need to be racially diverse so children will have a more well-balanced view of the world. Glenwood’s racial make-up changes each year with the student population.

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What are class sizes? How many children reside in a cottage?

One of the strengths of our program is by maintaining an optimal size in each learning environment. Current class sizes range from 12-15 students. There are usually no more than 10 residential students to each cottage and a maximum of four students in each dorm room. The smaller learning and living communities allow children to receive a broader range of learning and one-on-one attention, if needed.

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Is extra help available for students?

In addition to the undersized class, we have additional support called the resource room; this room is for students requiring additional help in their current class setting. One of the tools used to help the students in the resource room is software called “BrainWare Safari”. This software incorporates decades of proven clinical approaches to cognitive skill development with motivating and engaging video-game technology into an award-winning software program. If a student needs more time for study or homework there is time allotted in the cottage schedule. House parents and teachers maintain open communication with each other in order to coordinate help for a child so he/she can better succeed.

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What activities are available in the cottages for children?

There are many activities for the children after school. Some of the activities are educational, some are mandatory, but all are fun for the children. Students are encouraged to be part of at least one club or formal group, including sports, officer training, ambassador club, music, or Kidshop. There are also activities that each cottage participates in as a group, such as drill team, community service, off-campus field trips, going to the  movies, and cottage clean-up. There are other activities that students can do individually or together, such as bike riding, basketball, hanging out, video games, board games, skateboarding, or playing outside. Additional organized activities include Science or Math club, and yearbook. The time between academics and sleep are important, and we strive to fill that time with meaningful activities.

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What are the “Five Basic Skills”?

The Five Basic Skills are the first areas of learning for children in the Residential Program. The following skills can be built upon to advance skills at a pace that is manageable for students. We want students to strive to meet their highest potential.

The Five Basic Skills are as follows:

  1. Follow Instructions  – look at the person, say “OK”, do the task immediately, and check back when the task is completed
  2. Accepting “No” for an Answer – look at the person, say “OK”, stay calm, if you disagree, ask later
  3. Accepting Criticism or Consequences – look at the person, say “OK”, don’t argue
  4. Asking Permission - look at the person, use a calm and pleasant voice, say, "May I...", accept the answer calmly.
  5. Disagreeing Appropriately – look at the person, use a pleasant tone of voice, say, “I understand how you feel about…”, tell why you feel differently, give a reason, listen to the other person, accept the decision

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What if my child becomes sick?

A nurse is available throughout the day if a student feels ill. If a child is potentially contagious, you – or someone you have deemed as an alternate – will be asked to pick him or her up that day. If a situation is serious, we will transport the child to the emergency room at a nearby hospital and we will notify you as soon as possible.

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What is a typical day on campus?

A “typical” day at Glenwood is not a traditionally typical day at Glenwood because it takes many staff to ensure your child’s needs are met. Children are awakened by houseparents around 6 a.m. so they can begin preparing to leave for school and have their goals set for the day. Children have all of their meals in the dining hall sitting with their cottage respective cottage families. After meals, the child walks to academic classes. School lasts from 8 a.m. – 3:02 p.m. After school, the children return to their respective cottages and house parents. Each cottage is set up to meet the needs of the age and gender in that cottage. After dinner, the students are involved in many activities that inspire skill building in social etiquette, leadership, decision making, and compassion for others. Each cottage also has team meetings each day with the students, so they can discuss the day, make plans for special activities, or discuss a community service project. Before bedtime, the children have time to play games, talk, read, or do chores. Children don’t have much time to watch television and often enjoy just being with their cottage family. At bedtime, set for each child’s age (usually around 8:30 p.m.), the house parents make the day end as pleasantly as it began. Some house parents tell stories, some allow quiet time alone, but all house parents treat the children with care. At Glenwood, we know that it isn’t easy for you and your child to be away from home and that is why we are very sensitive to their needs, making sure the kids are in an environment as close to a home as possible.

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