A nonpublic general & special education day school providing year-round educational, vocational, and daily living services to students grades K-12 with emotional disabilities and autism.

People Cared For

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults

Level of Care

  • Special Education

The Sheppard Pratt School located in Cumberland, Md. is a nonpublic general and special education day school. We provide year-round educational, vocational, and daily living services to students grades K-12 with emotional disabilities and autism. 

From the moment you enter the Sheppard Pratt School, you are greeted by our students’ amazing artwork, and can feel the connections being made each day between our staff and students as they interact with each other in classes, during therapeutic activities, and all throughout the school day.

Our experienced, compassionate team of administrators, certified teachers, assistant behavior specialists, social workers, therapists, transition services coordinators, and trained educational assistants understand that every child deserves individualized instruction and support. Through our robust curriculum, each program helps students meet their educational goals and prepares them for life beyond the classroom.  

Our students and their families benefit from the structured daily routine that we offer. We distinguish ourselves by providing:   

  • 12 months of instruction
  • Small class sizes 
  • Allegany County Curriculum and Maryland State College and Career Readiness Curriculum
  • Syracuse Community Reference-Curriculum 
  • Occupational therapy (provided by the Allegany County school system)
  • Speech and language therapy (provided by the Allegany County school system)
  • Vocational and life skills training
  • Psychiatric services, as needed
  • Social services
  • Nursing services
  • Breakfast and hot lunch daily 
  • Transition services
  • Internship opportunities
  • Community outings 
  • Culinary arts, art, physical education, equine therapy, and horticulture

These services and activities are just a small part of the diverse programming offered at Sheppard Pratt School in Cumberland. As part of nationally-renowned Sheppard Pratt, we have access to innovative training, technology, and therapies, and integrate all of these offerings into our school.


Most of our students are from Allegany County, but given our unique, comprehensive offerings, we have students travel to our school from neighboring counties. We currently have capacity for 81 students, 36 in our Cedar Court program and 45 in the Birch Court program. We would love to tell you more about our school or have you visit. Contact us to learn more about our program. To learn more about the special education referral process, click here.

Sheppard Pratt School in Cumberland is a Type I School, approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).