Special Education Services

All parents and caregivers want the best for their child, and parents of children with special needs are no exception. As a parent of a child with special needs, you are often tasked with the difficult challenge of determining just the right learning environment for your child, navigating the Individualized Education Program (IEP)1 process, and evaluating different public and private school options. At Sheppard Pratt Health System, we understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be to ensure your child is receiving the best education for his or her needs and development.

When deciding on the right special education program for your child and family, it is imperative that you consider:

  • How the school can help your child achieve his or her goals set by an IEP, including social and emotional goals, in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)2 
  • What other benefits attending the particular school can provide 
  • Who will be working with your child 
  • Where the school is located (with schools located in 6 different counties) 
  • Whether or not your child is receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)3 

If your child does not yet have an IEP, but you believe that he or she may be in need of one, please visit the following resource, here.

To take the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey, click here.

School Leadership

Dr. Chip Maust 

Chief of School & Residential Treatment Programs

Kathleen Flannery

Associate Director of Day School Programs, Northern Region

Claire Cohen

Associate Director of Day School Programs, Southern Region

Jeffrey Alperin

Interim Director of Residential Schools


Glossary of Important Special Education Terms

  1. Individualized Education Program (IEP): A plan of goals and objectives created by an IEP Team that is based on your child’s current levels of performance related to his or her disability and also specifies modifications and recommendations to his or her current school environment to ensure the child can meet the goals outlined in the IEP. An IEP Team may consist of the parents, teachers, principal, private doctors or specialists, amongst others, and can be requested by the parent.
  2. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): If you are enrolled in one of Sheppard Pratt Health System’s 13 non-public, private special education schools, you can be assured that your child is being placed in the LRE for his or her educational needs. LRE means that every student, regardless of his or her disability, is to be educated in a setting where his or her IEP needs can be met. Please refer to COMAR 13A.05.01.10, for more information. 
  3. Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): Federal and state laws mandate that all children, regardless of his/her disabilities, are entitled to a free and appropriate public education. Please refer to the Federal Department of Education, Public Law 94-142 and IDEA, for more information.



The Mandala Philosophy »

manadala.pngOur Guiding Principles

Our Health System and specialized programs have each adopted one of our 12 mandalas as a visual representation of our organization's guiding principles. The guiding principles that each of these mandalas represent are applied and practiced every day by our compassionate staff.