Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road School and are generally in grades 6–12 (aged 12 to 21). They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including autism, emotional disabilities , specific learning disabilities, health impairments, speech-language deficits and any combination of multiple disabilities.
We are proud to employ certified special education teachers, certified social workers, a speech language pathologist, an occupational therapist, and in home/family therapy. All of our staff are trained in crisis intervention.
Our school proudly highlights the greatest strengths of our program, like small class sizes, interactive one‐on‐one instruction, and personalized academic and behavioral interventions. Students requiring supplementary services, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, or counseling, receive anything and everything they need here, for our overarching goal is to help them achieve success in all facets of their lives—in the classroom, at home, and in the community. We therefore expertly address every challenge we encounter, ultimately working toward optimum outcomes for each student in our care.
To that end, in addition to a rigorous academic program (in accordance with the guidelines and curriculum of the student’s home school district) and a comprehensive behavior management system, our program also offers our students the chance to participate in a such extracurricular activities as athletic teams (flag football, basketball, kickball) and a statewide Fine Arts Festival, among many others.
By focusing on key areas — academics, behavior modifications, support services, and transition / life planning services — we are able to meet the individual needs of all students through these varied approaches to instruction. Through collaboration with a student’s IEP team, we are able to choose the most appropriate learning model based on a given student’s present levels of performance, social capabilities, motor coordination, and ability to learn in a group setting.
Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.
Through our Transition Program we build business partnerships for our students (volunteerism, job shadowing, internships and paid employment). Weekly our students participate in a Fun Friday activity that exposes us to the community. With project based learning instructional units include academic field trips that enhance their in-class learning experience. We also welcome in house guest speakers covering a variety of subjects.
When students turn 14, we begin working with them on transitioning post secondary. Each year, we work to build on both hard and soft skills that will lead to a successful post secondary education and independent living. This includes resume writing, mock interview (phone and in-person), and participating in career fairs.
Students enrolled in the High Road School’s Workforce Development Program gain skills, experience, certification and job exposure is a desired career filed. Participating students are enrolled in Prince George’s Community College, providing an introduction to higher education and college life. Students earn course credits toward their High School Diploma. Upon completion of training courses students will be provided guidance and opportunities to gain employment in their chosen field.