The Admissions Process

We admit students who will benefit from the education and opportunities afforded by Thames Academy.

We seek students with diagnosed learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or other health impairments who are motivated to learn, contribute to their school community, and achieve independence.

Who Is Eligible?

Eligible applicants are:
  • U.S. citizens (application to admit international students is pending with the federal government)
  • High school graduates with a diploma, IEP diploma, or equivalent, such as a GED
    • Students transferring from colleges or universities are also welcome to apply.
    • Students who have not yet graduated from high school may apply to Thames Academy if their secondary school agrees in writing to accept the credits earned at Thames Academy as basis for awarding the diploma.
  • Diagnosed with a learning disability, mild to moderate autism, or Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Because each student is a unique individual, families are encouraged to tour the campus and meet with Admissions early in their search.

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Tuition and Fees

There’s no question that the cost of attending Thames Academy, and college in general, demands a large financial commitment. Thames Academy is one of the most cost effective programs of its kind because we hold the expense at a level comparable to college, despite the high level of support provided.

Thames Academy is, by design, a residential program. Fees are comprehensive.

A non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required to accept your seat at Thames Academy. The deposit is applied to defray the cost of tuition, room and board.

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Thames Academy Fees

2017-2018 Comprehensive tuition, room, board & fees. Federal need-based aid not available.*
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How To Apply

Thames Academy enrolls about 30 U.S. students per year. Mid-year admissions may be allowed when space is available.

Applications are accepted starting in September for the following year on a rolling basis until the class is full. Applicants are encouraged to complete their file by March 1.

The admission process is comprehensive. Qualified applicants take part in an on-campus interview with parents or guardians. Parents must provide psycho-educational testing and school records (transcript and IEPs or 504 plans). Neither the SAT nor ACT are required.

Students who are considering Thames Academy are invited to visit with their parents. Visits are by appointment and provide the opportunity to meet with staff members, tour the campus and residence hall, and meet with other students.

Application Requirements

Mail the following items to the Admission Office (Mitchell College, 437 Pequot Avenue, New London CT 06320):

  1. A copy of the most recent IEP or 504 Plan
  2. Secondary School Transcripts and if applicable, college transcripts
  3. At least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a guidance counselor or teacher
  4. Unedited writing sample (for example, a graded paper). This is submitted in place of the Mitchell College essay.
  5. Comprehensive diagnostic assessment including results from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), or other comprehensive cognitive tests, such as the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities. Test results should be accompanied by a narrative report and subtest scores. Results from an individually administered achievement test (e.g., Woodcock-Johnson, WIAT) indicating current levels in reading, written language, and math.
  6. Statement from parent or guardian discussing their student's:
         Social skills
         Capacity to live independently
         Medication plan and compliance level
         Concerns related to the transition from high school
         Future aspirations

What to Expect Once You Apply for Admission

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email confirming receipt of their online application, and a phone call of introduction reviewing the application process in detail. If you have not visited Thames Academy yet, your Counselor will help you schedule a visit and an interview.

When your application is complete, it will be reviewed. Applicants are selected with holistic consideration of their records. If follow-up questions arise, you may be contacted by a member of the Admissions staff or a learning specialist.

Decision letters will be mailed on a rolling basis as soon as an admission decision is made. If you have a specific need for faster turn-around, please contact your Admission Counselor.

You are welcome to call at any time during and after the admission process. We appreciate staying in close touch with you to provide the best possible advice concerning your decision and subsequent plans.

Disability Student Services Request (Optional)

Students with disabilities who wish to apply for auxiliary aids or academic accommodations should review the Mitchell College Disability Student Service (DSS) web page. Download and mail your Request for Services Form to DSS as indicated on the form once accepted to Thames Academy.

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Financial Policies

Student Accounts


To define the policies that apply to Student Accounts held by the Bursar’s Office for Mitchell College and Thames Academy students.

The Policy

A student account is created when the Admissions Office formally accepts a new student and the tuition deposit is received.


Before the start of classes, the student is required to complete a Financial Responsibility Agreement, which stipulates the student’s financial responsibilities for the term of enrollment. Click here

Breakage Deposit

All Thames students are required to provide a one-time breakage deposit. Breakage deposits are held from year one at Thames Academy through graduation or departure, at which time deductions from this deposit will be used to satisfy outstanding damage assessments, fines, parking tickets, or other costs billed to a student account before being refunded to the student.

Student Health Insurance

Mitchell College requires that all full-time students maintain adequate health insurance either under their own private plan or under the Student Health Insurance Plan sponsored by the College. A waiver form must be completed by all students who have their own private plan. If a waiver is not received by the designated due date, the student will be automatically enrolled in the sponsored plan and the annual premium will be charged to the student’s account.

Waivers must be completed online at


Statements are electronically mailed to each student 30 days prior to the due date at their Mitchell College email account. The fall semester balance is due by July 1st. The spring semester balance is due by January 1st.

Payment Options

Account payments may be made by cash, check, money order, Amex, Discover, VISA, and MasterCard or ACH. Payments can be made via payment website at or mailed to: Mitchell College, Bursar’s Office, 437 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT, 06320. Students will be charged a $25 returned check fee if any payment made by check later is returned to Mitchell College by the bank for any reason.

Payment Plans

Mitchell College offers students and their families an optional monthly payment plan to help them pay educational expenses interest-free over a period of several months. Enrollment in a payment plan requires a non-refundable annual fee of $100.00. A 10 month payment plan begins on July 1st.


Tuition and fees are cancelled in full if a student officially withdraws from Thames Academy prior to the start of the program. Please see Refund Policy for details.


Enrolled students with a credit balance on their account may be eligible for a refund. Credits resulting from a loan will be refunded directly to the student. Refunds will be processed within two weeks from the time the credit is generated on the student’s account. Checks are mailed to the home address on file unless the student requests to pick up a check in the Bursar’s Office.

Bursar Holds

Students with a past due balance may not register for classes for a future term until all current term charges have been paid in full. In addition, students will also be prevented from receiving transcripts and/or diploma until the account has been satisfied. Students will be responsible for all attorney’s fees and other costs necessary for the collection of any unpaid balance.

Thames Academy at Mitchell College Student Refund Policy


The intent of our refund policy is to protect the financial interest of the College, a nonprofit institution, to insure the facilities will be used by students who genuinely seek to further their education, to protect the financial rights of the students, and to meet legal requirements.

The College’s refund policy will adhere to the following schedule per Fall and Spring Session:

Before the first day of the program 100% refund

Within the first week of the program 100% refund

By the end of the second week of the program 50% refund

By the end of the third week of the program 25% refund

By the end of the fourth week of the program 0% refund


Thames Academy Session:
Sessions Number of Weeks Calendar Period
Fall Session 17 Mid August – Mid December
Minimester  2 January (optional)
Spring Session 16 Mid January – Beginning of May

The College’s refund policy will adhere to the following schedule per Minimester Session:

Before the first day of classes 100% refund.

After the start of classes 0% refund

Enrollment period is defined as the first day of the program to the last day of the program within a semester.

The College participates in alternative loan programs. These are private loans that are based on credit worthiness and income. Funds received from these loans will be returned to the borrower according to the schedule above (see item a. and b.).

Outside grants and scholarships will be refunded based on the guidelines of the grantors.

Any charges for other fees, such as library fees, parking tickets are not eligible for refund. Group health insurance is not eligible for pro rata withdrawal credit or tuition withdrawal credit.

Any remaining balance due Mitchell College must be paid before a transcript is issued.

Refunds are initiated when a student has officially withdrawn from Thames Academy at Mitchell College.

If the College determines that the student did not begin the withdrawal process due to illness, accident, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, the College may determine the appropriate withdrawal due.

Withdrawal from Thames Academy at Mitchell College


In the course of a student’s enrollment in the Thames program at Mitchell, it may become necessary for him or her to discontinue participation in all classes during a given semester and leave the College for the remainder of that term. To ensure that a student does not receive grades of “F” on all courses in progress, it is important to withdraw from the College.

A student may officially withdraw from the College anytime during the semester up until Noon on the last full day of classes prior to the start of the Final Exam period. The Bursar’s Office maintains a chart of refund amounts associated with the date of withdrawal. It is the student’s responsibility to understand in advance of the request, the implications (including financial) in withdrawing.

To withdraw officially from the College, a student must meet with their advisor and/or Director of Thames Academy. The purpose of this meeting is not to question the student’s decision but rather make sure that all options have been explored and that the best possible resolution of the circumstance is achieved.

Once a determination has been made that a withdrawal is the best course for a student to follow, the advisor will generate an electronic Withdrawal Form which is sent to necessary campus offices and the student’s faculty. This form officially notifies specific administrative offices that the student will be ending his/her attendance at Thames for that semester. This notice will also allow the Registrar’s Office to convert the final grades for all of the student’s courses to “w”.