Sheppard Pratt School in Gaithersburg

A nonpublic special education day school providing year-round educational, therapeutic, and daily living services to students ages 12 to 21 with autism, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, and specific learning disabilities.

People Cared For

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults

Level of Care

  • Special Education

The Sheppard Pratt School in Gaithersburg is small in size and population, but nothing else about us is small. Everything we do, we do big. We have big hearts, big intentions, and big goals for our students. Like all schools that are part of Sheppard Pratt, when the students walk in the doors, they are greeted by the smiling faces of our dedicated and experienced staff, and that positive feeling continues throughout each day.

Our experienced, compassionate team, which includes an administrator, certified teachers, behavioral specialists, a vocational specialist, occupational and speech therapists, and trained assistants, understand that every child deserves individualized instruction and support. Through our robust curriculum, we help students meet their educational goals and prepare 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:   

All of these services and activities are just a small part of the diverse programming offered. As part of Sheppard Pratt, we have access to innovative training, technology, and therapies and bring all of that to our school.


Most of our students are from Montgomery County, but given our unique program, we have students travel to our school from neighboring Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Howard, Baltimore, and Frederick Counties as well. We currently have capacity for 45 students in our seven classrooms.  

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 Gaithersburg is a Type I School, approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).