Charter and Contract Schools
The Children’s Guild D.C, Public Charter School (TCGDC), a K-8 public charter school and Monarch Academy public contract and charter schools in Annapolis (K-5), Glen Burnie (K-8), and Laurel (K-8) are schools that provides enriched curriculum of academic rigor and project-based learning that integrates arts and technology in its lesson planning and provides a physical environment that touches the emotions, stimulates the intellect, and excites the senses.
Director of Admissions
Special Education Schools
The Children’s Guild offers special education school programs for children and youth ages 5-21 who are behavior-disordered, autistic, and/or have multiple disabilities and demonstrate behaviors that interfere with attending regular school programs.
Steps to enroll a child:
- Schedule an IEP team meeting at your child’s local school. Before you can enroll your child in The Children’s Guild, you must schedule a meeting with your child’s IEP team. The team will discuss your child’s needs; and if necessary, refer your child to a non-public school such as The Children’s Guild.
- The school district will contact The Children’s Guild. We want to know your child’s IEP requirements, and we want to tell you about the programs and services we offer.
- Interview and tour. The Children’s Guild will contact you to bring your child in for an interview and tour of the school. You may also meet with other staff members, including the therapist, psychiatrist, school principal and others, at this time.
- Acceptance. Your child can usually attend school within 48 hours of formal acceptance. However, it usually takes the referring school system seven to ten days to schedule bus transportation.
Referral Development Director
The Guild Academy
The Guild Academy (group living homes) serves students ages 12 to 18 with a minimum I.Q. of 70. The homes are community-based so adolescents who are extremely violent or who are in need of incarceration are not accepted. The Guild also cannot offer programming for teens needing extensive medical care.
When beds are available, all candidates will be considered for The Guild Academy unless the child indicates any of the following disqualifying criteria:
- Primary diagnosis of alcoholism, drug addiction or severe brain damage
- Cognitive learning deficits severely limiting the individual’s ability to benefit from the treatment modalities provided
- Assaultive, anti-social behavior presenting a danger to the life or safety of the individual and/or others
- Acute psychosis
Referral Development Director
Treatment Foster Care
The Children’s Guild’s treatment foster care program serves children from birth to age 21, with an emphasis on children 9 to 18, who are emotionally disturbed and/or delinquent, who need interim placements after discharge from acute hospitalizations or residential treatment, or who need intensive services that cannot be served effectively in a therapeutic group home or traditional foster care.
Permanency planning includes special needs adoption and family reunification whenever possible.
Steps to enroll a child in Children’s Guild Treatment Foster Care:
- Placing-agency representative mails referral packet to The Children’s Guild for review.
- Director of admissions reviews the packet to determine if the student meets the admissions criteria.
- If referral is judged to be acceptable, the student and placing-agency representatives are invited to visit the group living program to determine if the placement is appropriate.
- If the placement is deemed acceptable, an admission date is established.
Behavioral Health Services for Children and Families
The Children’s Guild believes that one of the most important aspects of a child’s well-being is their mental health. Our team of professionals—including psychiatrists and counselors, will work closely with each child and their families to address their emotional and behavioral challenges in our Children and Adolescents Behavioral Health Center or in select public school settings. We actively involve parents, family members, caregivers, and school staff in a holistic, strength-based, trauma-informed, and therapeutic approach.
Our counselors are skilled at treating many concerns including:
- Coping with grief and loss
- Managing conflicts successfully
- Dealing with worry or anxiety
- Improving attention
- Healing from trauma
- Building social skills