ALA Testing and Admission
Admission to ALA
There is no charge for the assessment process. Students applying to the ALA must register to participate in a two-day assessment that takes place in the spring of each year. As part of the identification process, a parent evaluation and a teacher evaluation are also completed on the student.
The testing component of the identification process consists of two tests: the IOWA Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). The ITBS is an assessment that consists of a variety of educational achievement tests.
The NNAT is a brief, culture-fair, nonverbal measure of school ability, without requiring the student to read, write, or speak. Students must rely on reasoning skills using figural designs, and not on verbal skills. The NNAT scores predict academic success and are a good indicator of a student’s general, overall ability.
Parents are notified after May 15th as to whether or not their child is accepted into ALA.
Parents will be required to transport their child to and from the school.