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The Franklin Academy College program, called the Franklin Learning Institute, focuses on young adults with unique learning styles. While some of our students do not have a diagnosis, most have characteristics associated with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or Asperger's Syndrome. Before a student is invited to visit campus, a recent neuropsychological evaluation (with testing that has occurred within the past three years) must be submitted for review by our Admissions Director.
Applicants should possess the intellectual capability to handle college level academics, and be willing to take ownership of the decision to attend Franklin Academy's FLI program. Students who exhibit significant emotional and behavioral problems requiring considerable therapeutic intervention will not be considered; neither will the school consider students with unresolved substance abuse problems.
The next step in the admission process is the campus visit, which includes a relaxed interview with the Admissions Director or Assistant Director and, if necessary, other members of the administration. This is an opportunity for the student and parents to gather information and to experience the climate of the school. Additionally, it is a time for the school to determine if the student is an appropriate match for our program and community.
Vitally important in the admissions process is a determination that the student wants to attend the school. This may happen during the visit or after the student has left campus and has had a chance to consider what he or she learned about Franklin Academy's College program. Indeed, personal ownership of the decision to come to Franklin is crucial in developing self-advocacy skills and enables our students to shape their educational future.
If the student wants to attend Franklin, the student is encouraged to complete the application process, which includes completing the FLI application, an official high school transcript, all standardized test results, and a personal essay. Once all of the application materials are received, the Admissions Committee will deliberate and make a decision.