Admissions FAQs

When are admissions tours scheduled?
We schedule tours Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We encourage prospective students and members to schedule their tour at least two weeks prior to the the intended date.

Who can come for a tour?
Vista welcomes families and professionals to visit our campuses and learn more about our programs and services. 

What should we bring to the Admission tour?
Bring any questions you may have about the program and plan to spend approximately 2-3 hours with the Admissions team while touring our campuses.

What is a Functional Skills Evaluation?
The Functional Skills Evaluation is a five-day, four-night visit at our Dormitory & Residence Hall in Westbrook. Through individual and group programming, the potential student is assessed in Vista's four core areas: social and cognitive skills, vocational, life skills, and community involvement. Based on these assessments an acceptance decision is made.

How are prospective students assessed during the Functional Skills Evaluation?
The evaluation process occurs at our on-campus Dormitory & Residence Hall. The potential student shares a room with a current Vista student, participates in programming and individual, hands-on, functional skills assessments are performed by our staff in the areas of employment, life skills, cognitive, social and emotional development, and community integration.

During the evaluation, can I visit or call my child?
Part of the evaluation is determining the potential student’s ability to live away from home and cope with separation from their family. While visits from family and friends would disrupt the evaluation process, a call home is traditionally scheduled.

When will I hear from Vista after the Functional Skills Evaluation?
A member of the Admissions team will contact you within one week following the completion of the five day evaluation to indicate whether your son or daughter has been accepted to Vista. The comprehensive vocational and life skills evaluation report will be sent to you within 2-3 weeks after the completion of the evaluation.