The Frost School

Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. M – F
Maximum Number of Students: 125
Number of Classrooms: 30

The Frost School is a non-public, special education day school serving students age 6 to 21 with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. The Frost School, part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, contains several programs, each providing a supportive and structured environment to integrate specialized academic instruction, counseling, transition services, and behavioral modification specific to each student population. All of our programs offer small classes, related services, psychiatric services, and academic curriculum adapted to the needs of each student. We offer vocational training, internship opportunities, and transition services for students starting in middle and high school.

Programs offered at The Frost School include:

The Therapeutic Community Programs

The Therapeutic Community High School Program serves students in grades 9-12 utilizing a therapeutic community/group model. The model incorporates special education with integrated group counseling, community meetings, and multiple family group counseling. We work to teach students communication skills, personal accountability, problem solving, conflict resolution, and relationship building skills through daily group counseling sessions and community meetings.

Our program works primarily with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorder, but is appropriate for students with learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, or attention deficit disorders whose problem solving, social skills, and communication skills impede their ability to access the general education curriculum. Students within the Therapeutic Community Program receive instruction based on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Instruction may be remedial or advanced and students with learning disabilities are accommodated. Speech and language and occupational therapy are available to students needing these services, as determined through assessments and an IEP team decision. Before our students are ready to return to their regular education program, The Frost School holds meetings with the parents or legal guardians, and the LEA representatives to determine the most appropriate school setting for the student. A transition plan is prepared to assure continued growth and development.

Our program offers small, structured classes, related services, vocational training, and internship opportunities, as well as transition services for students. We provide a safe and supportive environment in which students feel comfortable expressing their emotions in more acceptable ways than they previously had.

Our staff works to provide a structure in which our students are protected from the forces in their lives that have become stumbling blocks or destructive to healthy growth. Our students are encouraged to begin to understand the meaning of their actions and to accept responsibility for their behavior. We strive to teach our students to identify options, evaluate choices, and to discover and build on their strengths, in part through individual and team oriented activities. For instance, students may be entrusted with a weekly job assignment—such as landscaping, cleaning, or cooking in the communal kitchen—with the eventual goal of earning money for these tasks. To foster a sense of community, our students participate in school spirit competitions such as holiday door decorating contests.

Academic work, counseling, and opportunities for socialization are combined into the daily and weekly schedule to assure a well-rounded experience for each of our students. We work hard to ensure our students feel safe and accepted, which leads to more consistent attendance and more positive interactions.

Parents and families take an active part in the learning and growth of their children. We believe that the family is a primary force in the student's life and must be a central component in any program designed to help the student make positive, long-term changes. Families may need to understand and/or change their usual ways of interacting in order to help the student stop self-destructive patterns of behavior. Without the family's inclusion in the student's program, success is unlikely. We provide weekly multi-family counseling groups to support and nurture the growth process for our students within their families and communities.

The Lodge Program

The Lodge High School Program offers a therapeutic model for students in grades 9-12 with emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive disabilities who require a supportive and structured learning environment. Ongoing individual, group, and family counseling are provided as embedded services. Through the formation of positive relationships with onsite clinicians and peers, our students are encouraged to work through social and emotional obstacles impeding their development as students and productive community members. Students are joined with their peers in the Therapeutic Community High School program for all academic courses and social opportunities. 

A comprehensive range of treatment is carefully integrated into the educational plan for each student in our program. Individual psychotherapy is provided twice a week, group counseling is offered four times a week, and each family is involved in weekly individual family therapy to maximize the family's potential to support, nurture, and enhance the growth and development of their child.

We ensure a continuity of educational services for each student by providing for a smooth transition into The Lodge Program, careful scheduling of academic courses, systematic conferencing and communication with referring and responsible local education agencies, and planning for a smooth transition to a less restrictive environment when the student is ready.

The Lower and Middle School Program

The Lower and Middle School Programs offer students in grades one through eight a model that includes both self-contained and content-based classrooms. We utilize a combination of behavioral and therapeutic approaches in addition to specialized academic instruction by certified teachers. This model provides students with a structured and predictable learning environment. We utilize positive behavior supports, visual activity schedules, child directed and play-based therapy, integrated sensory motor activities and techniques, family counseling, and individual and group counseling as appropriate, in addition to other related services.

The Oakmont Programs

The Oakmont Programs primarily serve children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Students may also have other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, developmental delays in one or more areas, severe behavioral problems, multiple learning problems, and other related disorders. 

Students may be referred to these programs by their public school system's special education placement offices when behavioral problems are preventing academic progress in their regular academic settings. Classes are small and students receive instruction based on the College and Career Readiness Standards, the curriculum of their local school system, and their IEP.

The Oakmont Primary Program serves students ages six through 15 with autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders. Students are taught in highly structured, self-contained classrooms utilizing a variety of strategies including: discrete trial, direct instruction, play based instruction, motor skill development, sensory integration strategies, natural aided language stimulation, community based instruction, and positive behavioral support. Individualized behavior and academic plans are formulated by a team of certified teachers, licensed psychologists, behavior specialists, behavioral support staff, licensed speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, educational assistants, and one-to-one assistants.

The Oakmont Secondary Program offers a unique program for middle and high school students with autism spectrum disorder who are on a diploma track. Content area courses are taught by certified and experienced special education teachers with the support of trained educational assistants. Students in the Oakmont Secondary Program participate in daily social skills training, resource support, and related services. Individualized behavioral intervention programs are developed by a team that includes a behavioral psychologist, clinical social worker, behavior specialists, and special educators, and all students take part in a motivational system incorporating high levels of positive reinforcement.

Our related services include:

  • Individual, group, family counseling
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Academic remediation
  • Psychiatry
  • School nursing

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

Contact Us

4915 Aspen Hill Road
Rockville, MD  20853-3700

Phone: 301-933-3451 
Fax: 301-933-0350

Mark Hajjar, Education Director
mhajjar@frostschool.org

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“This school ‘gets’ our son.  They understand what he needs to succeed and go out of their way to provide it…  I could not ask for a more motivating and supportive placement for our son.”

Renee B.

“What I like about The Frost School are the small classroom sizes, the helpful teachers, good therapists, and that my classmates are nice and supportive."

A Student at The Frost School

“My son has been attending The Oakmont Program for the past 2 years and I cannot express how pleased we are. For the first time… my son feels comfortable, intellectually challenged, and loves going to school!"

Amanda K.

“It was Frost that helped our son start to take responsibility, learn how to advocate for himself, and realize how far he could go in life. We are thrilled to witness our son’s transformation … to a ‘Man with a Plan.’"

Cliff M.