FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

Is the Janus School accredited?
The Janus School is dually accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and Middle States Association (MSA).
Do you accept students mid-year?
Yes. The determination of acceptance at mid-year is based upon the individual applicant.
How many students attend Janus?
Enrollment at Janus was 75 students in the 2014-15 school year.
What is the ratio of boys to girls?
The current ratio is 70% boys to 30% girls.
What is the cost of tuition and what is included?
The Janus School’s core academic program tuition is $27,820 for the 2015-16 school year. This includes a deposit and technology fee. For first year students, tuition also includes one-to-one tutorials, speech-language therapy, and/or occupational therapy as needed. Click here for more information regarding tuition for seniors and additional flex options.
What kind of financial assistance is available?
Many of our students receive financial aid thanks to private donations, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program. The single application process is straightforward, and the Director of Admissions and Outreach is available to help you make the process simple and easy. To further simplify the process, we offer a Financial Aid Workshop in January each year. Check the current calendar for this year’s date.
What grades does Janus serve?
Janus serves students in grades K-12.
What percentage of your students goes on to college?
Our alumni’s success stands as proof that the “Janus Education” works. 74% of Janus alumni attend college and post-graduate school. 16% of Janus alumni directly enter the workforce. 7% of Janus alumni attend a vocational/technical school. 3% of Janus alumni join the military.
What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
The current student-to-teacher ratio is 6-1.
What are the class sizes?
Class sizes range from three to ten students per class.
How can I get more information, an application, or arrange a tour of the school?
Contact the Office of Admissions & Outreach at 717-653-0025, or complete this form to submit your request.
Do you provide transportation?

The Janus School works with local transportation companies to offer busing/vans form several locations. Pick-up times vary based on route but typically start as early as 6:40am. Pick-up locations are available in Harrisburg, Lebanon/Hershey, York, and Reading. The fees ranges from $2,200 to $2,400 per family per year. To coordinate transportation, please contact our Director of Finance and Operations in the Business Office at 717-653-0025 x103.

An alternative form of transportation available to Janus students is the Amtrak train. The Mount Joy Amtrak train station is 1 mile from the school, and transportation can be provided from the train station to the school at a nominal cost. To view the train timetable, visit www.amtrak.com.

Does The Janus School administer the testing required for application?
No. A list of potential evaluators is available upon request of the Office of Admission & Outreach at 717-653-0025 or by completing this form.
What makes a Janus education so unique?
Janus offers a very individualized education tailored to each child's specific learning needs. This individual approach and the skills of our staff are unique to The Janus School. Janus helps children learn their strengths, as well as how to manage and champion for their own learning style. The goal is to help a student confidently become a successful and independent learner so that he or she can thrive in a standardized learning environment, such as college.
Where can I find more information about Janus policies?
All Janus policies are provided in the Janus Student & Parent Handbook. Our policies are developed with the student’s best interest in mind, and include topics such as policies on homework, student behavior, bullying, and grades.
How do student learn to be independent?
Students at The Janus School are taught about their personal learning profile at an early age. Students work to better understand their strengths and areas of need, and then learn strategies to be independent learners. The Schools Attuned: All Kinds of Minds neurodevelopmental framework is used by students and faculty to help demystify the struggles of each student. When learners understand their deficit areas, they are better able to use their strengths in order to improve. Many activities such as field trips, transition classes, and opportunities for student leadership support this learning. Students at The Janus School are active participants in this process and gain a deep understanding of who they are as a learner, therefore making them independent and increasing their self efficacy and self advocacy skills.
What opportunities will a student have to showcase his or her strengths and talents?
Students have a wide range of opportunities to showcase their strengths and talents. They can demonstrate and build leadership skills in Student Council, showcase their research and academic skills in the science or social studies fair, refine their athletic skills through sports or PE classes and field day, display their acting and singing talents in the annual school play, and share their writing skills by being published in Janus’ own literary publication.
Do Janus students wear uniforms?
No. Uniforms are not required at Janus. Please check the Student & Parent Handbook for policies regarding dress code.

Program

Does The Janus School offer diplomas for their students?
Yes. Students earn a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania high school, secondary school diploma.
Do Janus students take the Keystone Exam?
No. The Keystone Exams are not required at Janus.
Does Janus give grades?
At Janus, we believe that student progress is best assessed through recognizing students’ developing self-esteem, confidence, awareness, internalization and application of skills, as well as through academic-focused narrative reports and standardized achievement testing. In the lower division (grades K-5), grades are not maintained as part of the students’ school records. Grades are kept in the middle division (grades 6-8). Grades and credits are maintained in the upper division (grades 9-12).
Do I need to continue outside tutoring if my child attends Janus?
No. Our tutoring program is individualized and intensive. All first year students receive a daily one-to-one diagnostic tutorial. We strongly recommend students continuing tutorials beyond the first year, which requires an additional fee. By keeping tutorials within the school day, students are open to spend their time after school engaging in activities that build self-confidence and are non-academic-based, as well as independently learning to manage their school assignments.
Does Janus use a particular instructional program?
No. We teach diagnostically and individually, and do not promote any one instructional program.
What kinds of children do you have at The Janus School?
Students at The Janus School are of average to above average cognitive ability (whose primary challenges are not of a behavioral or emotional nature) striving to meet their potential in facing learning challenges.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
All teachers at The Janus School are specialist in their academic areas and are trained to work with children with learning disabilities.  Janus teachers are student-centered, innovative, active, collaborative, and are true professionals in teaching students following best-practice models.  By implementing the All Kinds of Minds approach, The Janus School’s faculty is able to gain greater insights into our student’s learning unique learning styles providing the opportunity for more tailored approaches to their education.  Teachers are also trained in the systematic Orton-Gillingham reading program, which allows them to build and remediate skills at all levels.   Teachers have also adopted many of the principals of Michelle Garcia Winners’s social thinking and vocabulary in order to support our students’ understanding of social language, cues, and responses.
How do children do when they leave?
Our alumni’s success stands as proof that the “Janus Education” works. 74% of Janus alumni attend college and post-graduate school. 16% of Janus alumni directly enter the workforce. 7% of Janus alumni attend a vocational/technical school. 3% of Janus alumni join the military.

The measure of The Janus School’s success lies in the success of its former students.

Does my child have to be a regular Janus student to participate in tutoring or summer programs?
No. Any student can take advantage of these outreach programs regardless of their interest in the school’s core academic program. Summers at Janus offer families the opportunity to learn more about our school, but also they gain critical insights into their child’s learning style as they return to their regular school.
What are the hours of your school day?
Homeroom begins at 7:55am and students are dismissed at 3:00pm daily.
Office hours are 7:00am – 3:45pm.
Our office hours during the summer are 8:00am – 2:00pm,
Monday through Thursday and 8:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.
For school day closures, please view our calendar.
Does Janus have a Physical Education program?
Yes. The Janus School has a Physical Education program for all grade levels.
How are classroom placements decided?
Students at The Janus School are grouped in homogeneous and mixed ability groups. Core academic classes such as reading, writing, and math, are designed to meet students at their independent level and are therefore grouped by ability. The neurodevelopmental constructs are also considered when grouping students; these include areas such as organization, attention and focus, and language. Other classes such as socialization and communication, physical education, and art are mixed ability in order to expose students to other children in their division and offer opportunities for greater socialization. Grades of students in classes vary as well. No matter the grouping or grade level, students follow a systematic scope and sequence specifically designed to meet the needs of students with learning differences.
How does Janus facilitate the college application process?
All seniors are enrolled in a senior transition class, which guides the college process. The senior transition teacher and the Director of Academics facilitate the process. Juniors and seniors also attend area college fairs, and attend presentations by college representatives and Janus alumni at The Janus School. Parents are invited to transition workshops.

Student Life

Does Janus have a lunch program?

Students may pack their own lunch or can purchase a lunch through our Hot Lunch Program. Hot Lunches are provided by the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in Mount Joy and are priced at $4.05 each.

Lunch and break times are closely monitored and students are encouraged to use this time to socialize, as well as practice their socialization-communication skills.

Does Janus have a sports program?

The Janus School is a member of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) and maintains a cooperative with Lancaster Catholic High School which allows students to join their athletic teams. In the fall, students can play tennis (girls), football, cross country, soccer (girls and boys), field hockey, and golf. In winter, students can participate in swimming, wrestling, and basketball (girls and boys). In spring, students can play tennis (boys), track and field, baseball, and softball.

Additionally, The Janus School hosts its own bowling team which meets during the second trimester. Visit the Student Life page for more information.

Does The Janus School have after-school activities for students?
In addition to social and fun events planned throughout the year by the Student Council and Dean of Student’s office, students are able to participate in sports through a PIAA cooperative with Lancaster Catholic High School and/or in a variety of Clubs that meet directly after school. Visit the Student Life page for more information.