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Highlands School Inc

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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Highlands School is a small nonprofit, but they are very generous dispersing their financial aid to families who need it. Their financial aid comes from many generous donors in the community which makes it possible for children from all socio-economic levels to attend.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a reading specialist and I have a private tutoring practice. Over the years, I have referred families of struggling readers to The Highlands Schhol. Their philosophy is to teach students the skills and stategies they need to become successful, independent learners so they can transition back to a traditional setting, usually within two to three years. The students improve their reading and other academic, study and social skills. I can see a difference in their self-esteem in a relatively short period of time. Learning becomes fun for them! After students leave The Highlands School and return to a school with traditional teaching methods, these young people continue to learn and graduate from high school and college.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching at The Highlands School for over 10 years. At the beginning of the school year, we see down trodden students walking our halls. After just a few weeks of teaching them with our methods, we see them walking taller and with smiles on their faces. They realize that they can learn when they are taught by the proper methods they need to succeed. Then when they are tested and see that their grade level has improved, they are overjoyed, and so are we.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an employee of The Highlands School. When I originally came to this school, I was totally uneducated and unaware of the tremendous need for students with learning differences. Year in and year out, I continue to be amazed at the accomplishments our students make. It is a thrill to see their self-confidence and self-esteem grow and flourish as they strive to meet each goal set before them. Our faculty and staff are by far, the most devoted educators I've ever encountered and it has been a honor to be part of this remarkable organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked here at The Highlands School for the past 8 years and have seen so many children served in such a positive way. Not only do the students gain the academic skills they need, they also grow in self-confidence. They feel successful here. The learning environment is warm and supportive both for the students and for the staff. It's a pleasure to work here.