The admissions process at VIP is comprehensive. Each student takes part in an on-campus interview and is accompanied by a parent who provides a social history. Parents must provide testing evaluations and two letters of recommendation to the admissions committee. A formal application comprises a parent application, references, school records (often this includes an I.E.P. and transcript) and psychological/intelligence testing results, as well as a Vineland score, if available. SAT or ACT tests are not required. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

VIP admits students with special needs who have demonstrated motivation to learn and become independent despite their learning difficulties. Ideal applicants are capable of successfully living in a dormitory environment. Many of them have a minimum fifth-grade reading level and are able to take responsibility for the majority of their daily living requirements. Although our students possess certain conditions including learning disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, neurological impairments, and borderline intellectual functioning, they are well-behaved and motivated to succeed.

Students who are considering attending VIP may visit the school with their parents prior to making a formal application. These visits are by appointment only and provide the opportunity to meet with the administration, observe classes, talk with students, and tour the campus.

VIP accepts approximately 40–45 freshmen students each year from the United States and around the world. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible since space in the program is limited.

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