The Forbush School at Frederick County

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M – F
Maximum Number of Students: 10
Number of Classrooms: 2

The Forbush School at Frederick County is a 10-month special education and related services program located in Hillcrest Elementary School, in Frederick, Maryland. We provide educational services to students in grades one to five (ages five to 11) with autism and emotional disabilities.

Our program is designed to meet your child’s special education needs while providing maximum opportunity to integrate them into Hillcrest Elementary School’s educational program as appropriate. Once enrolled, our experienced staff will review your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) and modify our instructional areas to fit his or her educational needs.

Our students spend as much or as little time in the Forbush Program as necessary to meet their special education needs, spending the rest of their time in the public school program. Generally, students will be assigned to a self-contained classroom for core content courses. Forbush students participate in cultural arts general education classes (music, art, media, and physical education) with the rest of the students at Hillcrest Elementary School. Students in our program also have access to all of the school’s facilities, including the media center, cafeteria, and computer lab.

Utilizing a student-centric, team-based approach, we implement the Frederick County Public School Curriculum, so that our students are able to seamlessly transition into the public school community when they are ready.

We understand the importance of engaging parents in the education of their child and provide daily updates and meetings with the school clinicians to ensure the parent is abreast of their child’s progress. Parents and students also have the opportunity to participate in Hillcrest Elementary School’s activities and events.

Because we are part of Sheppard Pratt Health System, our staff has access to the best training, treatment practices, and technology, which in turn allows us to provide your child with the best education to meet his or her needs. We actively collaborate with other Health System schools and professionals to ensure we are sharing resources and best practices across the various special education programs.

Our related services include:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Social skills training
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Occupational therapy (as determined by each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)

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

Contact Us

1285 Hillcrest Drive
Frederick, MD 21703

Phone: 240-236-3200
Fax: 240-236-3201


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