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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Special Education

Mission: The highlands school is an independent, non-profit harford county school designed to remediate students with learning differences including, reading and math disabilities, speech and language deficiencies, and attention deficit disorders, who have average to above average academic potential, but who are struggling to learn by conventional teaching methods. The children who enroll in our school are not achieving academically at their age level and/or manifest difficulties in one or more areas of skill development, including language, reading and spelling, perceptual motor integration and organization/study skills. It is the highlands school's goal to help each student discover how they learn and bring them up to grade level.

Programs: The highlands school is a state-of-the art, independent day schoollocated in bel air, maryland. The school is a regional resource forfamilies with bright and creative children in kindergarten through 8thgrade who struggle with dyslexia, language based learning differencesand attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd). The school'smission is to provide a positive environment focused on teachingstudents how to use their strengths to overcome frustrations andachieve academic and social successes. Through an individualized andmultisensory approach to learning, the school aims to equip studentswith the skills and strategies needed to become successful independentlearners. In addition to the full-time school year program, the school offers a 5-week summer program, tutoring services for children, adolescents and adults, and executive function training. The school has the capacity for 125 students.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is attending the Highlands School this year after a wonderful experience with both the summer academic and social skills programs. He previously attended public school. The difference in my son has been amazing. He went from not liking school to looking forward to going to school. He is happy and has become more confident in his abilities. Homework is a breeze. He even enjoys PE!! The people at the Highlands School are very dedicated to the students and parents. We feel extremely fortunate to have the Highlands School nearby. I highly recommend this school to anyone with a struggling child. The difference is unbelievable!!

Kimberly D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the parent of a 9 year old daughter who has previously attended a private christian school and public school. Everyone meant well and thought they were helping but UNTIL I FOUND THE HIGHLAND SCHOOL, no one ever did. There are so many things this school offers children who learn differently I could be writing forever. They have small groups so children get individualized instruction. They are taught how they learn best and at their level and do not move on until the concept is solid within the child. This atmosphere greatly inscreases the success of the child. This school also believes in reinforcing positive behavior by rewarding effort and success and does not punish for failure. This has made a tremendous difference in my daughter's life. She is not afraid to try because she knows she will not be labeled "slow or incapable". It also follows everything I have been taught about building up my daughter's self esteem and lowering her anxiety level by the experts at Kennedy Krieger Institute. At the Highland School, they help the "whole child". While teaching them academics the way they need to learn they also give them a voice and help them learn to advocate for themselves. This is something NO ONE has been able to help her with until now. From preschool to third grade at other schools, she NEVER would walk into the school and go to class by herself. She was afraid of everything. People making fun of her, failure, getting lost, being starred at, being bullied, etc. She went to The Highland School one day, I was also there in parent orientation when I told one of the educational specialist that my daughter would need someone to walk her to her classroom everyday. That administrator said "done, no problem". The second day when I pulled up to school and went to get out of my car to help her to whomever would be taking her to the classroom, my daughter stopped me. She said, "mom, I don't need you to do that hear at my new school, I am fine, they really like us here"...and off she RAN barely stopping to give the staff person at the door her name........and I pulled around to the parking lot and sat there and CRIED. This is how it should be! How it should have been for her all of those other years of her school career. She has made me get there 1/2 hour early EVERY day to be the first one there and we get up at 5:45 a.m. everyday to do that. One of the strongest messages I have gotten from this school, as I was told this and have experienced this........ At other schools, "fair is - everyone gets the same thing to learn", "fair at The Highland School is - everyone gets WHATEVER THEY need to learn". AND IT WORKS. My daughter was failing everything (with a $800.00 a month tutoring bill) and she is now getting 90 - 100% on everything I see graded. Sincerely, An Extremely Grateful Mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

A valuable resource in Harford County Maryland that has helped so many children to achieve academic success. Children with learning disabilities tend to have such difficulties with learning to read and write like the majority of children. The Highlands School offers programs that fit the children's learning styles rather than making the child 'fit' into the program prescribed by a public placement.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My son was enrolled at Highlands School after the public school failed to address his individual educational needs. After spending 4 years in the public school system, my son had not acquired any reading comprehension skills and was falling significantly behind. Since moving him to Highlands, he has grown in his love of school and learning. After 3 years, he has obtained nearly 3 grade levels in reading and over 4 years in math. The attention each child receives and the staff's dedication to finding what works in educating that individual is one of the reasons that there is no better choice in educating your learning-challenged child. I jusr regret there is no high school and this will be Brad's last year:-(.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was "on grade level" according to the public school system, even though he came home every day unsure of how to do the homework and lost all interest in school along with every ounce of his self confidence. When he was due to enter a private middle school, he was tested just to confirm he was on grade level, which I assumed was true since every one of his report cards from elementary school indicated such. Much to my surprise and dismay he was an entire year behind, more in certain areas. After one year at The Highlands School he caught up to grade level in reading and is slowly making progress to catch up in math. But more importantly, he has learned to love to learn again. He was in a play, gets to enjoy activities like cooking and wood shop, and feels like he is a part of a community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been at The Highlands School for 4 years. At his old school, he was a C-D student with no self-esteem and a chip on his shoulder. Upon entering, he was 3 years below grade level in math and reading skills. Now, he is on high school level reading and near grade level math - that is an increase of 6-7 grade levels in reading and 5 grade levels of math! His self-esteem has improved immensely and he feels confident and ready to transition to the next step. Without the Highlands, he would be a totally different person - lost in the system and without hope. Sometimes the tuition was a challenge to meet, but without elementary success, college money would not be needed because he would not have made it that far.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter enrolled in The Highlands School in 6th grade. I saw an immediate change in her attitude and confidence. Her academic performance increased two grade levels. The Highlands School is a safety net to students struggling to learn. The Highlands School changes the lives of students who attend here. Students leave with strategies to be able to learn in a regular school setting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter enrolled in The Highlands School in 6th grade. I saw an immediate change in her attitude and confidence. Her accademic performance increased two grade levels. The Highlands School is a safety net to students struggling to learn. The Highlands School changes the lives of students who attend here. Students leave with strategies to be able to learning in a regular school setting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing it's been to have our son at Highlands! Before he came to Highlands a little over a year ago, he struggled to keep up with his academics - in spite of attending a before-school reading program, working with a private tutor after school, all the extra help we gave him with homework and even completing summer school work and programs. We felt like he was a little sieve and no matter how many holes we plugged, more of what he needed to retain was spilling out and he was becoming increasingly frustrated - in class and at home. At Highlands, they are plugging those holes! His program is so individualized and he has time to master the skills taught. He feels good about all that he's accomplished. He made the honor roll all four quarters last year, is becoming a more confident reader, and completes his homework all on his own - with no tears or frustration. He feels better about himself and loves coming to school. What a difference Highlands has made in his life!!

lisar1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Highlands School believes that children who learn differently need to be taught differently. This school has helped so many children realize that different IS NOT LESS THAN. Not only are the children helped academically, but they are nutured socially and truly blossom in this environment. The child are taught organization skills and life skills that they use when they transition from The Highlands School to a typical environment.