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2010 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Special Needs Schools
Comments () | Published October 26, 2010

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities
801 Buchanan St., NE; 202-529-7600; ages 6-21; funded by jurisdiction; 67 students.

Kingsbury Day School
5000 14th St., NW; 202-722-5555; K-12th grade; $31,122 (lower & middle school), $34,797 (upper school); 200 students.

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Mission
Kingsbury actively engages in research and practice to define leading-edge education and assessment of individuals with learning disabilities. Building on this foundation, Kingsbury educates children and adults with learning disabilities in a supportive environment of personalized teaching and instructs educational professionals in pedagogical best practices.

What's New?
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 Accomplishments
Kingsbury was the first school in DC to be named a Promise Place under Alma Powell's America's Promise program in 2009.

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Lab School of Washington
4759 Reservoir Rd., NW; 202-965-6600; ages 6-18; $32,350 (lower school), $33,285 (middle), $34,810 (upper), not including additional services; 350 students.

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General
Ungraded elementary and 7th through 12th grade for ages 6 to 18 with bright students 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. Recently completed a new multi-purpose student commons for 7th through 12th grades.

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St. Coletta of Greater Washington
1901 Independence Ave., SE; 202-350-8680; ages 3-22; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 280 students.

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

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Chelsea School
711 Pershing Dr., Silver Spring, MD; 301-585-1430; 5th-12th grade; $35,703; 80 students.

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

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Diener School
11510 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD; 301-299-4602; K-5th grade $33,900, scholarships available; 32 students.

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Mission
To provide a therapeutic, developmental and challenging multi-sensory educational program for students with learning disabilities, language and sensory processing disorders, attentional challenges and executive functioning issues.

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Foundation School
1330 McCormick Dr., Largo, MD; 301-773-3500; 1st-12th grade; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 150 students.

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Recent Accomplishments
During the 2009-2010 School Year, school staff worked intensively with our seniors and as a result, 80 percent of our seniors had firm post-secondary plans. 70 percent of our graduates had firm plans for entering college or other post-secondary training, and an additional 10 percent had already secured employment.

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Foundation School of Montgomery County
220 Girard St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD; 301-740-7807; 6th-12th grade; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 87 students.

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Mission
Provide a window of opportunity so that every student can triumph over diversity.

What's New?
In Spring 2010, we opened up an elementary classroom and now serve students starting in the 3rd grade.

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Frost School
4915 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, MD; 301-933-3451; 1st-12th grade; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 75 students.

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General
1st through 12th grades serving emotionally troubled, Asperger's, and learning-disabled students.

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Ivymount School
11614 Seven Locks Rd., Rockville; 301-469-0223; ages 6-21; $44,000-$63,000, with most students funded by jurisdiction; 205 students.

Katherine Thomas School
9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD; 301-738-9691; Pre-K-12th grade; $15,600 (pre-school) $24,705 (lower and middle) $29,275 (high school); 150 students.

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General
Multi-graded pre-K through 12th grade for children with learning and language disabilities, sensory/motor disabilities, and/or high-functioning autism.

What's New?
The school graduated its first full class in 2009, with most students going on to Montgomery College and the workforce.

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Kennedy Krieger Institute-Montgomery County
12301 Academy Way, Rockville, MD; 443-923-4170; ages 10-21; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 48 students; Ungraded program for students ages 10 to 21 with moderate to severe autism and related disorders.

Lourie School of the Reginald S. Lourie Center
12301 Academy Way, Rockville, MD; 301-984-4444; Pre-K-5th grade; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 31 students; louriecenter.org.

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General
Pre-K through 5th grade for students with emotional, social, and behavioral disabilities.

What's New?
Under a new 11-month calendar, the school runs from late August through July. It recently restructured its family-therapy groups.

Recent Accomplishments
Lourie School was recognized by the National Association of Special Education Teachers as a 2009 School of Excellence.

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Phillips School-Laurel
8920 Whiskey Bottom Rd., MD, Laurel; 301-470-1620; ages 8-21; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 110 students.

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General
Therapeutic school serving students ages 8 to 21 with autism, Asperger's, mental retardation, and emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities.

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Summit School
664 E. Central Ave., Edgewater, MD; 301-261-7704; 1st-8th grade; $27,447; 97 students.

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Mission
To educate students with unique learning styles to reach their potential

What's New?
The school has added robotics, an organic garden, and a low ropes course.

Recent Accomplishments
Named 2009 Best Non profit organization in Anne Arundel County for a first class school program of 22 years and an extensive Outreach program for the community

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Commonwealth Academy
1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria, VA; 703-548-6912; 6th-12th grade; $28,336; 94 students.

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Mission
Commonwealth Academy is a coeducational college preparatory day school for average to superior 3rd-12th grade students who benefit from small classes and instruction designed to address various learning styles, including those students who have organizational, attention, or learning differences. We empower students to reach their highest achievement levels, reflective of their true potential, by teaching personal responsibility for learning and behavior in a comfortable community, conducive to academic risk-taking and social success. We offer a broad-based curriculum, compensatory strategies, and a focus on technology to prepare our students for the challenges of college, career and life pursuits.

What's New?
New 3-5th grades opened in Septmeber for intensive remediation in math and reading.

Recent Accomplishments
Dr. Susan Johnson, Washington Post Distinguished Educator Award, May 2010 David Roth, Educator of the Year, CHADD

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Dominion School
8000 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield; 703-321-9091; 7th-12th grade; tuition is $43,020 and sometimes paid by jurisdiction; 27 students.

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General
7th through 12th grades for emotionally and learning disabled students.

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Little Keswick School
500 Little Keswick Dr., Keswick, VA; 434-295-0457; boys ages 10-15; $96,744, not including additional services (paid either by parents or by jurisdiction); 34 students.

Oakland School
Boyd Tavern, Keswick, VA; 434-293-9059; ages 6-14; $25,750 (day), $43,250 (boarding); six-week summer day/boarding program $4,525 (day), $7,875 (boarding); 50 students.

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General
Ungraded for ages 6 to 14 with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and learning differences. There is a graded 9th grade.

What's New?
The school renovated several of its classrooms and dorms in 2009.

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Oakwood School
7210 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA; 703-941-5788; K-8th grade; $29,500; 105 students.

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General
Ungraded (equivalent of K through 8th grade) for bright children with learning differences.

What's New
Started a summer program for 1st through 8th grade.

Recent Accomplishments
Celebrating 40 years this year with growing students.

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Phillips School-Annandale
7010 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA; 703-941-8810; ages 6-21; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 175 students.

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General
For ages 6 to 21 with level-five emotional, learning, and behavioral disabilities.

What's New?
The school is working on increasing its number of community-service projects within the Annandale area.

Recent Accomplishments
Winner of the 2010 Washington Post Award for excellence in nonprofit management.

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Timber Ridge School (Leary Educational Foundation)
1463 New Hope Rd., Cross Junction; 540-888-3456; boys ages 10-18; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 63 students.

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General
Timber Ridge has four residential options depending on the needs of the student, with varying lengths of stay. Its signature program is a 12-month residential program for emotionally disturbed, socially maladjusted, or learning disabled boys ages 10 to 18.

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