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The Forbush School at Glyndon

407 Central Avenue
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Phone: 410-517-5400
Fax: 410-517-5600

Jodi King, Director
jking@sheppardpratt.org

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. M – F
Maximum Number of Students: 190
Number of Classrooms: 18

The Forbush School at Glyndon is a 12-month special education program, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, that provides educational services to students ages five to 21 with complex emotional, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders.

We leverage our staff’s expertise and Sheppard Pratt Health System’s
resources to ensure your child is receiving the best care and education on a daily basis. Once enrolled in one of our programs we will review your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and modify our instructional areas to fit his or her unique needs to ensure maximum growth. Our three programs include: 

  • Primary School Program: Serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade with emotional, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders
  • Secondary School Program: Serving students in grades nine through 12, who are pursuing a high school diploma or certificate program of completion
  • Autism Program: A non-graded program serving students ages 12 to 21 with autism spectrum disorder Forbush_Glyndon_11.JPG

Each student enrolled in our school is provided with an individual treatment team, comprised of the classroom teacher, social worker, psychotherapist, and other related service professionals involved in his or her educational planning. This allows us to provide each and every child with the individualized and compassionate care needed to thrive.

Our school sits on a beautiful, wooded campus, totaling over 40 acres, and includes sports fields, walking and bike paths, a wood shop, a greenhouse, a student-only school store, art and computer technology, and specialized classrooms. Our staff works hard to utilize these grounds in a way that benefits students and provides maximum opportunity for learning.

Primary School Program

Our Primary School Program offers our kindergarten through eighth grade students with emotional, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, the low staff to student ratio and individual attention needed to help them thrive. We develop a unique schedule for each student, based on his or her needs and interests, in order to create an environment where he or she is best able to learn and grow. In addition to our expansive grounds, each of our students has access to integrated technology in classrooms for educational and recreational usage.

Throughout our school, our teachers utilize an incentive-based program, customized to each student’s likes and dislikes, which encourages positive behavior and allows them to continue to learn and grow. Incentives may include a student/teacher kickball game, a science lesson in the woods, or lunch with a special person. Forbush_Glyndon_12.jpg

Once a student reaches eighth grade, they have the opportunity to do an “exploratory class,” a class that exposes them to each of our Secondary School Program tracks, including carpentry, horticulture, and Falcon’s Nest (culinary), based on their interests and their teacher’s recommendations.

Secondary School Program

Our Secondary School Program, serving students in grades nine through 12, who are pursuing a high school diploma or certificate of completion, is a continuation of our Primary School Program. Our goal is to provide our students with the vocational and life skills needed to assist with the transition to adulthood and to help them become active, independent members of the community. Students have the opportunity to pick one of our three tracks to focus on, whether they prefer carpentry, horticulture, or Falcon’s Nest (culinary) programs. We also offer our students the option to take Spanish as a foreign language while on our career completer track. 

Our carpentry track teaches carpentry skills as students have the opportunity to work on varying projects, including pens, bottle stoppers, Adirondack chairs, and bird houses. These student-made items are then sold in both the school store and the gift shop at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Towson campus. With projects like the bird houses, students also learn how to create unassembled bird house kits for purchase, as well as learn how to put together step-by-step instructions for assembly, skills that are applicable to many woodworking, assembly jobs.

Our horticulture program teaches gardening and landscaping techniques and skills, as well as customer service skills, as students work to grow and sell herbs, flowers, and vegetable plants. These vegetables and plants are sold to the public at the greenhouse at The Forbush School at Glyndon throughout prime growing months, allowing students the opportunity to engage with customers and to work on their customer service and sales techniques. Our horticulture program also gives back to the community, with students growing bay grasses in tanks within the greenhouse to be planted in the Chesapeake Bay.

Our culinary program, housed in the Falcon’s Nest cafeteria is for students interested in working in the restaurant industry. Run like a professional restaurant for our students and staff, our Falcon’s Nest program follows all restaurant health and safety guidelines. Students are engaged during all aspects of food planning and preparation as they work to plan a healthy menu, select recipes, prepare and cook each menu item, and clean tables utilizing our professional commercial kitchen, inclusive of an industrial dishwasher. Forbush_Glyndon_13.jpg

While our students spend much of their time in their core academic classes, they also have the opportunity to engage in classes and activities to continue enhancing other skills. For example, we offer a retail class, where students learn the ins and outs of inventory, sales computers, customer service, and working an electronic cash register. Students can also engage in art and computer technology classes, among other subjects of interest. While in our program students 14 years and older will work with a transition coordinator to develop a plan for a post-secondary career or education. The transition coordinator and vocational program assistants work with some students who participate in campus and community work enclaves, practicing job skills.

As with our Primary School Program, we maintain a low staff to student ratio to provide students with the individual attention they need to best succeed. We also continue providing incentives to enforce positive behaviors that are tailored to the student’s likes and interests. Incentives may include Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) activities, such as a basketball game, or “high five” points that are transferred onto a student "debit" card that can only be used in the school store.

Autism Program

Our Autism Program is a non-graded program serving students ages 12 to 21 with autism spectrum disorder. Like with our Primary and Secondary School Programs, our team designs a unique schedule for each of our Autism Program students based on his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Our experienced staff utilizes evidence-based strategies and a trans-disciplinary approach to teach critical skills in the areas of academics, vocational preparation, social skills, and behavior management. 

In designing each student’s schedule, our team develops individual behavior plans and conducts preference assessments to determine the likes and dislikes of the student so that we can create a school environment that the student will succeed and be happy in. We recognize that every student’s needs are very different, some requiring several breaks throughout the day, and others requiring different academic and sensory classes. To ensure a healthy school environment, our sensory room doubles as a physical fitness room, providing the students with active and engaging activities, including a ball pit, swings, Wii Fit, and Xbox Connect. Our students also have the opportunity to engage in some of the Secondary School Program’s vocational classes, developing job skills in our carpentry, horticulture, and Falcon’s Nest (culinary) tracks. Forbush_Glyndon_8.jpg

Many students in our Autism Program need structure and consistency to thrive in the school environment, and so we try to limit change where possible. As students near graduation, we work hard to help prepare them for the transition, putting our students and their families in touch with the right agencies and people to explore next steps, employment, and independent living possibilities. We also try to prepare our students’ families as much as possible, providing them with information and advice for next steps post graduation.

With more than 40 years in the community, we understand the importance of family involvement in a child or adolescent’s education and we believe that parents and guardians are the most significant individuals in a young person’s life. We encourage our students’ parents and guardians to meet and/or have weekly contact with one of the program’s social workers in order to stay updated of their child’s progress. We also work to develop partnerships with families whereby progress made in the school setting can also be extended into the home environment.

Because we are part of Sheppard Pratt Health System, our staff has access to the best training, treatment practices, and current technology; this allows us to provide your child with the best education to meet his or her needs. In addition, we actively collaborate with other Health System schools and professionals to ensure that we are sharing experiences, lessons, and best practices across the various special education programs.

Our related services include:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Social work
  • Transition services
  • School health services
  • Medication management
  • Behavior management
  • 1:1 classroom aides

Our school, categorized as Type I, is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

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“The team enabled my son to make dramatic improvements in remarkably little time. The team consists of honest, caring, and full of positive energy members.”

Joycelyn W.

“The staff at Forbush were diligent, professional, caring yet stern, and extremely thorough. We met as a team... My thoughts, ideas, and feelings as a parent were valued and considered in every decision.”

Tracy B.