News & Politics

2009 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Special Needs Schools

The + symbol means that the school offers boarding.

DISTRICT

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.

MARYLAND

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. 

Katherine Thomas School, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville; 301-738-9691; $23,000–$29,000; 160 students; ttlc.org.

Multi-graded pre-K through 12th grade for children with learning and language 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.

Kennedy Krieger Institute-Montgomery County, 12301 Academy Way, Rockville; 443-923-4170; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 45 students; kennedykrieger.org.

Ungraded program for students ages 10 to 21 with moderate to severe autism and related disorders.

Leary School, 7100 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill; 301-839-5486; 25-30 students; tuition paid by jurisdiction; learyschool.org.

6th through 12th grade for children with learning or emotional problems or multiple handicaps.

What’s new: Last spring, the school added a job-site program in Brandywine to offer vocational-training opportunities.

Lourie School of the Reginald S. Lourie Center, 12301 Academy Way, Rockville; 301-984-4444; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 25 students; louriecenter.org.  

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 accomplishment: Lourie School was recognized by the National Association of Special Education Teachers as a 2009 School of Excellence.
Phillips School–Laurel, 8920 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel; 301-470-1620; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 123 students.

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

Summit School, 664 E. Central Ave., Edgewater; 301-261-7704; $27,447; 97 students.

1st through 8th grades for children with dyslexia and other learning differences.

Recent accomplishments: One of the faculty members was recently named Private School Teacher of the Year for Anne Arundel County. In addition, teachers recently completed a yearlong EmPOWER program to instruct students in expository writing.

VIRGINIA
Commonwealth Academy, 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria; 703-548-6912; $28,336; 94 students. 

For 6th-to-12th-grade students who benefit from classes of ten or fewer students and/or those with learning disabilities or ADHD.

What’s new: The school will introduce 4th and 5th grades in fall 2010.

Dominion School, 8000 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield; 703-321-9091; tuition is $40,000 and sometimes paid by jurisdiction; 24 students. 

9th through 12th grades for emotionally and learning disabled.
Leary School of Virginia, 6349 Lincolnia Rd., Alexandria; 703-941-8150; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 41 students.

For students ages 6 to 22 with learning or emotional problems.

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

Nine- and twelve-month therapeutic boarding/special-education programs for boys ages 10 to 15 with learning or behavioral difficulties.

What’s new: The school built a new academic center and two new dormitories in 2009.

Recent accomplishment: Little Keswick was named a SEVIS-approved school, meaning it can now accept international students.

Oakland School, Boyd Tavern, Keswick; 434-293-9059. $25,000 (day), $42,000 (boarding); six-week summer day/boarding program $4,400 (day), $7,650 (boarding); 54 students. 

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 in 2009.

Oakwood School, 7210 Braddock Rd., Annandale; 703-941-5788; $27,400; 105 students.  

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

Phillips School–Annandale, 7010 Braddock Rd., Annandale; 703-941-8810; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 220 students. 

For ages 7 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.

Timber Ridge School (Leary Educational Foundation), 1463 New Hope Rd., Cross Junction; 540-888-3456; tuition paid by jurisdiction; 80 students. 

Timber Ridge has four residential options depending on the needs of the student, with varying lengths of stay. Its signature program is an 18-to-24-month residential program for emotionally disturbed, socially maladjusted, or learning disabled boys ages 10 to 18.

Don’t Miss Another Big Story—Get Our Weekend Newsletter

Our most popular stories of the week, sent every Saturday.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.
SIGN UP
We engage readers directly in their mailboxes with topics like Health, Things to Do, Best Brunches, Design & Shopping, and Real Estate. Get the latest from our editors today.
Get The Best Of Washingtonian In Your Inbox!