Is Your Child a Big Minds Student?

Big Minds is designed to specifically support a 2e child’s intense drive to learn, differing levels of ability/asynchronous development, overexcitabilities, need for specific social/emotional support, and desire to belong to a community of true peers. Our goal is to help students develop positive self-efficacy, self-advocacy, and self-directed learning and growth. We welcome all 2e children to apply, but cannot serve students who are physically or verbally aggressive.

Are You a Big Minds Parent?

The typical parent of a Big Minds student understands the need for a radical change in how 2e children are educated. They are collaborative and supportive of Big Minds and know that it takes a team to help a 2e child succeed. Big Minds offers an exceptional amount of social and emotional support, coupled with advanced academics offered using the QUESTTM model designed by Dr. Hayes. Our parents appreciate that Big Minds cannot solve every challenge and recognize that collaborative outside services are often needed to support our students. Big Minds parents trust our process and know that our faculty and staff will help their children through the disintegration and reintegration that are necessary steps to growth and learning.

Student to teacher ratio is 4:1. Math and literacy instruction is 1:1.

Enrollment Steps

  • Potential families make an appointment to meet with Dr. Hayes and see the school. Potential families who are interested in enrollment will be sent the admissions application. The enrollment application processing fee is $150.00, due when the application is submitted.
  • Potential families send Dr. Hayes the completed application and supporting documents for review. If a recent (within a year) neuropsych evaluation has not been done, families will schedule an evaluation with a qualified practitioner. Big Minds can provide a list of qualified practitioners if needed.
  • After review of the application and supporting documents, Dr. Hayes will invite potential families to schedule a shadow visit for their child at Big Minds. The shadow visit will consist of four consecutive days.
  • The intake committee will review the application and evaluate the potential student’s shadow visit and family meeting.
  • If it is determined that the child is a good fit for Big Minds, Dr. Hayes will schedule an intake meeting. At this meeting, the deposit will be collected and an orientation conducted. Students will not be permitted to attend school until the enrollment forms/deposit have been received.
  • Because the campus is a micro-school, we have limited space available. If space is not currently available, accepted families would be put on a waiting list. If space is available, we offer rolling enrollment.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy: Big Minds is dedicated to diversity in the school environment. Big Minds is founded based on the need to acknowledge diversity in our schools and works actively to foster diversity, both among our students and among our employees. Big Minds provides equal opportunities to all students and their families without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Big Minds complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in every location in which the company has sites. Big Minds expressly prohibits any form of unlawful harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.