Apr 13, 2022
Bonnie Jones and Meredith Krimmel: Understanding Specialty School Admissions | Season 4, Episode 8
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A substantial part of finding the right school for your child is going through the seemingly daunting admissions process! In this episode we chat with the director of admissions from Gateway Academy, Bonnie Jones, MS, CCC-SLP and The Parish School’s director of admissions and Unbabbled co-cost, Meredith Krimmel, MS, CCC-SLP. Throughout the episode Bonnie and Meredith walk us through what the typical admissions process is like for a specialty school including how to start the process, what paperwork parents may need to provide, and how they walk families through insuring that their program is the best fit. They also share common reasons why parents choose a specialty school over other options.  

Gateway Academy is a private school in Houston, Texas that serves 6th-12th grade students with academic and social challenges. Gateway is committed to teaching traditional academics, while also meeting the social and emotional needs of our students with learning and social differences. Bonnie Jones, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist that serves  as the director of admissions and supports students in the classroom. She came to Gateway in 2017 to develop their Social Communication program after working at The Parish School in both the early childhood and elementary programs. Bonnie’s varied background and experience in addressing language, social, and learning challenges equip her in her current role as Director of Admissions at Gateway Academy. 

The Parish School serves children ages 2-12 who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed. Parish provides an education for the entire family within the environment of a nurturing and safe 17-acre campus with on-site pediatric therapy clinic. Our personalized academic approach – with a focus on communication skills, social learning, nature, independence and the arts – allows children not just to grow, but to thrive. Meredith Krimmel, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 10 years of experience at The Parish School. She has worked in a variety of settings including a pediatric private clinic and providing group social learning therapy on top of her experiences in early childhood and elementary classrooms at The Parish School. Meredith has served as the Director of Admissions since 2016 where she is passionate about helping families find the right setting for their child to thrive. 


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