Special Education School Programs
The Children’s Guild offers special education school programs for boys and girls ages 5 – 21 who have emotional disabilities, who are on the autism spectrum and/or who have multiple disabilities that interfere with attending regular school programs. Students also may have secondary problems, such as learning disabilities, health impairments, attention deficit disorder, and/or speech and language difficulties.
Students are referred by their local education agencies through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. The Children’s Guild has two Maryland non-public special education schools; located in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County.
Our programs follow both the Maryland College and Career Readiness and District of Columbia standards and aligns with the curriculum offered by public schools in the communities where The Children’s Guild schools are located. English and language arts, math, science and social studies are at the center of our teaching. Students also receive instruction in physical education, health education, art, music and social skill development.
The Guild’s instructional approach focuses on project based learning, integrated curriculum and character education. Student learning styles differ therefore; each student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Day School Classrooms/ Instructional Technology
Each school is equipped with desktops, ChromeBooks, and iPads for each student’s use and a SMARTBOARD in each classroom to foster students’ engagement and learning interests. The SMARTBOARD facilitates learning by engaging the students, supporting differentiated instruction, and enhancing student access to the curriculum. The educational software we provide for students makes it possible for students to learn at their own rate.
The difference between The Children’s Guild and other nonpublic schools for children with special needs is the way we think about our students. The Children’s Guild uses an organizational philosophy called Transformation Education, or TranZed, which fosters flexibility in the way the school operates, is managed, and the way the faculty think and act. This assures each child is treated as an individuals rather than forced to adapt to the organization’s program.
Transformation Education has a strong character education component. The values that pervade our school culture emphasize living responsibly and serving causes larger than one’s self. Students are strongly encouraged to contribute to their families, classrooms, schools and communities.
The result is that academic test scores go up, children spend more time actively learning, discipline problems are significantly reduced and time out of public school is shortened. Most importantly, our children discover a new found self-confidence and a sense of hope for the future.
Counseling and Assistance
The Children’s Guild has strong clinical and medical support services for students and families, including:
- Case management
- Crisis intervention
- Individual and group therapy
- Medication management
- Occupational therapy
- Psychiatric services
- School nursing
- Speech and language therapy
Extended School Year Program
The Children’s Guild extended year program is designed to prevent students academic and social gains from regressing over the summer. Students are determined eligible through the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process.
If you believe your child would benefit from the structured programs and unique culture at The Children’s Guild day school, there are important and necessary steps to take before your child is admitted.
- 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 situation; 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 situation (i.e. IEP), 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. You child can attend school within a day of formal acceptance. However, it usually takes the referring school system seven to 10 days to schedule bus transportation.
If you have questions about enrolling a child at The Children’s Guild special education schools or other admissions requirements, the answer may be in the FAQs.
Admission requirements for all Children’s Guild programs and services.