Genesee Lake School is a private residential and day school for students, ages 6-21, who are diagnosed with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and/or Complex Developmental Trauma Disorders.

Typical diagnoses include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

Genesee Lake School is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Residential students are accepted from throughout the United States. Day students are accepted from throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, depending on transportation arrangements. Formal referrals are usually made through local, county or state departments of social services or mental health, local school districts or state education departments, educational consultants, special education attorneys or private pay. Tuition and Room and Board costs are not typically funded by insurance.

In order to be considered for admission to the Genesee Lake School residential program the Admissions Department will need to receive copies of the following:

  • Completed Admission Application
  • Recent clinical assessment of the individual
  • Social History
  • Current Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Current medical, dental, and medication information.
  • Clinical assessment, including psychiatric/psychological assessments
  • Court orders, if applicable

In order to be considered for admission to the Genesee Lake School day school program the Admissions Department will need to receive copies of the following:

  • Completed Admission Application
  • Current Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Most recent three-year evaluation
  • Case summary/social history

In order to be considered for respite services at Genesee Lake School, the Admissions Department will need to receive copies of all documents required for residential admission, except the IEP and court orders.

Upon review of the material, if the student meets criteria for admission, a pre-placement discussion will be scheduled with the appropriate Genesee Lake School team.

For out of state placements, the requirements for the Interstate Compact Placement of Children (ICPC) must be met.

If you have questions regarding the IEP process, please click on the Download IEP Information tab to download copies of our parent handouts from the ORP Library.

  • Admissions Form

Download The Family Handbook

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Do you have questions regarding the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process? Below you will find parent handouts regarding the IEP process from the ORP Library. Binders and Breakdowns is a story about a mom starting upon the IEP journey, while the IEP Parent Guide is a step by step guide for families to help you through each step in the IEP process. In this guide, we will walk you through the answers to the following questions:

  • What are the steps involved in getting an IEP?
  • Who are all the people included in the IEP process?
  • What is each person’s role?
  • What outcomes should I expect?

Keeping all of your child’s information, your questions, and thoughts organized in one place will ensure that you’re prepared for every step of the IEP process.

For additional resources around special needs, education, behavioral issues, and a variety of other topics, please visit the ORP Library at

Download IEP Parent Guide

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Download Binders and Breakdowns

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For family members it is vital that you provide background information about your child’s strengths and needs at the time of referral and admission. This information is integrated with other pieces of background information to support your child while he or she is attending Genesee Lake School.

Families are encouraged to tour Genesee Lake School and be active team members during the admission process. Genesee Lake School strives to facilitate a positive admission experience for families, recognizing the emotional impact out-of-home placement may have on a family.

Once placement has occurred, Genesee Lake School fully supports active lines of communication and support so that family members can stay engaged with their child while he or she is attending our school. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Visit and communication options,
  2. Information about upcoming family events/activities sponsored by Genesee Lake School,
  3. Specific activities their child will be participating in (e.g. Special Olympic schedule, holiday programs, etc.).