Our School Programs

Our Special Education Services, which include 15 special education residential1 and day schools2 (Type I3 and Type II4) located throughout Maryland, provide compassionate, nurturing care, and individualized attention to children with autism, as well as emotional and behavioral disorders, to help them transition into the community and lead successful lives.

As a provider of special education services for more than 45 years, we understand the importance of finding a program that is right for your child or adolescent and utilize a student-centric, team-based approach to ensure that your child is receiving the best care and education on a daily basis. It is our ability to adapt, adjust, and accommodate for both treatment trends and individualized education needs that sets us apart from other special education providers.


We are recognized as the largest providers of non-public, special education programming in Maryland and serve more than 700 students with special needs, more than 50 percent of whom have been diagnosed with autism, from D.C, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Through our schools, parents and caregivers can find a wide range of special education programs offering individualized, comprehensive, and therapeutic care.

If enrolled in one of our schools, your child will have the opportunity to work with a team of passionate education directors/principals, teachers, educational assistants, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, behavioral specialists, psychologists, medical directors, and nurses to help them achieve their goals.

How We Can Benefit Your Child

We are Part of a Health System

Over the last 45 years, we have learned that one model of learning doesn’t work for all students, which is why we have continued to build innovative, enriching programs based on the individual’s needs.

As part of the Health System, our schools are able to collaborate with one another, as well as with expert child and adolescent doctors within the Health System to discuss strategies and new learnings that can impact our students’ success. The ability to leverage the resources of a larger health system means that we can provide therapy, case management, and medical attention as needed, to help our students.

For students with the most severe emotional or behavioral disorders that require hospitalization, we have direct access to Sheppard Pratt-employed doctors who travel to our schools, ensuring your child’s safety and recovery without having to deal with external admission or referral processes.

We are Your Resource

We invite you to visit the individual websites of each of our schools for more information, read tips for choosing a special needs school, or to call our school leadership to determine if one of our Special Education Programs could be the right fit for your child and family.


Glossary of Terms

  1. Residential School: An establishment where children or adolescents attend school for educational instruction and live, full-time.
  2. Day School: An establishment where children or adolescents attend for educational instruction and care during daytime hours. 
  3. Type I: One or a combination of the following full-time programs for students at a general education school or special education school. With regard to Sheppard Pratt’s Special Education Programs, we are referring to one or a combination of the following: 
    1. Nursery school, kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school, or a combination of two or more sequential grades/ages 
    2. Adult basic education 
    3. Pre-GED program 
    4. GED TESTS preparation program 
    5. Career development educational program 
    6. Technology educational program 
    7. Special education and related services
  4. Type II: A program provided by either a public or non-public school, with the goal to integrate students into the public school, as much as is appropriate. The program utilizes the curriculum and resources of the local school system. 
  5. Level V: A school that has classrooms with seven students or fewer per teacher based on student needs.