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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son was struggling with school although I knew he was quite bright. He also was struggling socially. I heard that a new school would be opening to help children with learning disabilities/differences. We met with the folks and both were impressed. He became a member of the first class, staying only one year there and has gone on to do very well academically and socially. I now am so pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors as every aspect of the operation of the school is geared to maximize the learning and well being of the students. Classes are small (3:1 student/teacher ratio in the small academic classes). There are sessions that help with social development, an impressive gym and theater. We were able to build a new school building and the design/layout is so impressive: the business and administrative activities take place in the front of the building - nearest the street. Small classrooms maximize interaction, "smart" board enable the students to pay attention to the work in the classroom without having to struggle to take notes. Perhaps most impressive is the wide variety of "learning" situations using every sense, and all manner of activities to assure that the students can find the best way for them to learn. Rarely does a student stay more than 2 or 3 years - it is the goal to teach the skills so students can return to "main stream" education, usually having improved by 2 -4 grade levels! These students are of average to above-average intelligence who might well get lost in traditional schools, and often have come to believe that they are stupid because they do not learn in the traditional ways. The Highlands School helps these children meet their potential, which in turn enables them to be more productive and positive members of society.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have personally seen the change in facial expressions and attitude to so many of the students who come to our school. They think they are not very smart and they have very low self esteem. Upon working with our staff and seeing positive results for themselves, it is as if a light switch goes on. These same students realize that they not "stupid", they just learn differently than other kids. Parent after parent will comment about the same outward change in their child's behavior. For the first time, the students actually WANT to come to school and they ENJOY learning. It is awesome to see.