The Forbush School at Hunt Valley
Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. M – F
Maximum Number of Students: 78
Number of Classrooms: 13
The Forbush School at Hunt Valley is a 12-month special education program, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, that provides educational services to students ages five to 21 with complex intellectual and behavioral disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders.
Our school uses a proactive teaching approach in a structured learning environment that provides individualized, engaging instruction to help minimize and prevent undesirable behaviors. Our non-graded program helps students build functional, independent living, academic, and pre-vocational skills. Once enrolled, our experienced staff will review your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and modify our instructional areas to fit his or her educational needs. These instructional areas can include communication, self-care, individualized academics, fine and gross motor, socialization, and recreational/leisure skills. With a student to staff ratio of two to one, and no more than six students in a classroom, your child will have the opportunity to engage in classroom and community-based instruction, individually and in small groups.
Our facility offers students a sensory room, motor room, play room, and playground, as well as incorporates technology within each of our classrooms. This environment supports all of our students, including a large majority that utilize assistive technology communication devices. Our staff works hard to create a learning environment that emphasizes the development of educational and communication skills, as well as positive social and family relationships. Through the use of evidence-based practices, proactive and positive interventions, consistent standards, and a well trained and supportive staff, we are committed to empowering all students with the necessary skills to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
High school students have the opportunity to participate in our vocational skill building program both on campus and within the community. Our vocational areas include retail, where students learn store, inventory, cashier, and customer service skills, hospitality, where students learn cleaning and recycling skills, and culinary, where students learn to prepare meals. Each of these programs focuses on building functional, social, work, and independent living skills, in addition to helping prepare students for post-school supported employment.
Our program also features community based intervention field trips – where students have the opportunity to work on behavioral/social skills once a week in a public setting. Educational field trips may include trips to the grocery store to learn how to create grocery lists and make purchases, wait in line, and stay with the group, or trips that are more focused on vocational training as the students work to develop a specific job skill.
We define success by the number of students who leave our program and are able to live as independently as possible post graduation, while maintaining a functional job with some support in the community. To help prepare our students for graduation and life after school, our students work with a social worker and IEP coordinator to find appropriate agencies and adult vocational support programs.
We actively engage parents in their child’s education, maintaining an open door policy for parents to observe their child in his or her learning environment, and maintaining regular, daily communication between parents and staff. Our school also has a very active parent/teacher organization that works to maintain the best school environment for our students.
Utilizing a student-centric, team-based approach, we implement the Maryland State College and Career Ready Standards and the Syracuse Community Reference-Curriculum Guide for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Each student has an individualized schedule for programming that outlines his or her instructional day.
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 and help with the transition into the community. We actively collaborate with other Health System schools and professionals to ensure we are sharing learnings and best practices across the various special education programs.
Our related services include:
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Case management
- Psychological service
- Physical therapy
- School nursing services
Our school, categorized as Type I, is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)