Hannah More School

12039 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136

Phone: 410-526-5000
Fax: 410-526-7631

Michele Brill, Program Director

Hours: 8:20 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. M – F
School Day Hours:  8:20 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. M – F
Maximum Number of Students: 100
Number of Classrooms: 25

Hannah More School is a 10-month special education school, located in Reisterstown, Maryland, serving students ages ten to 21 with high functioning autism, emotional disability, or specific learning disabilities.

Our school is a co-educational program designed to maximize each student’s ability to obtain his or her high school diploma in a nurturing and supportive environment. We offer a traditional middle and high school curriculum, as well as a high school career and technology education program that provides training in auto maintenance/repair, culinary arts, computer technology, and horticulture/landscaping. In addition to work-based learning opportunities in these areas, we offer training and hands-on experience in an office support setting (e.g. copying, collating, laminating projects). These programs are designed to help students transition into the community and lead successful lives as they prepare to enter college or the work force.


Admissions Process

Students come to Hannah More School through a referral process. After the student’s local school system determines that it is not able to implement the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP), the local school district office sends information about the student to Hannah More School for consideration.

Our Director of Education reviews the referral information, which typically includes psychological and educational evaluations, the student’s IEP, school transcript, and social history, and determines if the information indicates that the student meets the basic admissions criteria. We then schedule and host a pre-admission interview with the student and his or her parent or guardian, where we review the referral information, ask any additional questions and take the prospective family on a tour of the school. After the interview, the admissions committee meets and decides whether Hannah More School is the appropriate placement for the student, or if a different recommendation should be made. The committee’s decision is based on whether our school has a program where the student can be successful and have access to the support he or she needs.

We serve students with a variety of special education needs. Students not accepted for enrollment at Hannah More School include those who are approved for the Alternate Maryland School Assessments (AltMSA); court-appointed students; students with a history of significant antisocial behaviors; or students who are actively unstable and require a more intensive level of psychiatric services.

Our Services

HannaMore10.jpgOur experienced educational staff and clinical department, consisting of full-time social workers, a psychiatrist, and a nurse, are trained in and implement a behavior management system stressing positive intervention responses and students taking responsibility for their own behaviors in classroom and extra-curricular settings. 

With students attending our school from several different counties, we work hard to make sure our parents feel involved and connected with their child’s education. Parents attend key meetings, parent/teacher nights, sporting events, and may attend our monthly Parent Support Group sessions. Our Parent Support Group is open to the community and supports parents of students with a range of disabilities, including emotional disturbances, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disabilities. These conditions typically interfere with academic functioning, social development, and family relationships, placing enormous stress on parents and their child(ren). The support group, co-facilitated by licensed professionals, offers parents a confidential, supportive environment in which they can share experience and knowledge with one other, allowing for problem-solving, development of coping strategies, and inspiring hope.

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:

  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation and treatment
  • Educational evaluation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Behavior management planning
  • Special education services

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

Student Enrollment

Students may be enrolled at any time during the year depending on available space in the required classes. Prior to the start date, an orientation meeting is scheduled with the student and family and with the treatment team, consisting of the homeroom teacher, educational assistant, and social worker.  Students are able to start in the program once a schedule of classes has been set up, the transportation is in place, and the orientation meeting has occurred. 

Contact our Admissions Office

For more information or to schedule a tour of the school, please contact Sue Bellamy at 410-526-5000 x625 or email sbellamy@hannahmore.org.




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“Hannah More School has done wonders with my son in the last three years that they have had him. I am very pleased and overjoyed to have my son in such a wonderful program and school.”

Tina S.

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June 2015