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2009 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Special Needs Schools
Comments () | Published October 20, 2009
The + symbol means that the school offers boarding.


Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities, 801 Buchanan St., NE; 202-529-7600; 67 students.    

Inclusive early-childhood intervention and therapeutic services for children ages six weeks to three years; $640 to $831 a month (tuition reduction available through referring agency). Education and therapeutic services for ages 6 through 21 years with developmental disabilities; funded by jurisdiction. Admission generally by referral only.

Kingsbury Day School, 5000 14th St., NW; 202-722-5555; $31,122–$34,797; 215 students. 

Ungraded lower and middle schools with a graded high school. Diagnostic, prescriptive K–12 program for children with learning disabilities, attention deficits, or speech delays.

Recent accomplishment: Kingsbury was the first school in DC to be named a Promise Place under Alma Powell’s America’s Promise program in 2009.

Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Rd., NW; 202-965-6600; $30,000–$33,000, not including additional services; 352 students.

Ungraded elementary and 7th through 12th grade for ages 6 to 18 with learning disabilities. Diagnostic services, psychological services, speech/language/occupational therapy, tutoring, career and college counseling.

What’s new: The school recently added an assistive-technology program for high-school students with dyslexia.
St. Coletta of Greater Washington, 1901 Independence Ave., SE; 202-350-8680; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 280 students.

For students ages 3 to 22 with mental retardation, autism, and secondary disabilities.

What’s new: The school added a new playground for students.


Chelsea School, 711 Pershing Dr., Silver Spring; 301-585-1430; 80 students; $35,895.

5th through 12th grade for children with language-based learning disabilities.

Diener School, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac; 301-299-4602; 32 students; $33,900, scholarships available.

Graded program for children kindergarten through 5th grade with ADD, ADHD, and learning, language, social, or sensory-processing challenges. The school offers a multi-sensory learning environment with integrated speech and occupational therapeutic services.

Recent accomplishment: It was voted Best Private School Special Education Program by Bethesda magazine in 2009.

Foundation School, 1330 McCormick Dr., Largo; 301-773-3500; tuition paid jurisdiction; 200 students.

1st-through-12th-grade therapeutic program for emotionally disabled students.
Foundation School of Montgomery County, 220 Girard St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg; 301-740-7807; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 87 students.

6th through 12th grades for emotionally diasbled students; special education with therapeutic services.

What’s new: The school moved to a new location in 2007 to provide greater accessibility for students in the Gaithersburg area.

Recent accomplishment: Of the 13 students who graduated in 2009, several are enrolled in colleges and the rest have secured employment.

Frost School, 4915 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville; 301-933-3451; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 75 students. 

1st through 12th grades serving emotionally troubled, autistic, and learning-disabled students.

Ivymount School, 11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville; 301-469-0223; $44,000–$63,000, with most students funded by jurisdiction; 205 students.

Ungraded program for ages 6 to 21 with multiple disabilities, including autism and pervasive developmental disorder. The school offers three distinctive programs: multiple learning needs, autism, and Model Asperger—a graded program for students with non-language-based disabilities. The Model Asperger program is currently open to students in grades 2 through 9, but it will add a new grade each year until it accommodates high-school seniors. 


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