The Trellis School

Get Directions14550A York Road
Sparks, MD 21152
Baltimore County
Referral Contact(s):
Stephanie Moore - Education Director 443-330-7900 x814
Disabilities Served:
01 - intellectual disability, 04 - speech or language impairment, 08 - other health impairments, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
2 - 13
Grade Range:
Preschool through Grade 10
Private Pay Students Accepted:
Before and/or After School Program:
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
Wheelchair Accessible:
Hours of Operation for School Day:
8:10 - 2:35 pm (M, T, Th, F) 8:10-12:35 (W)
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
The purpose of The Trellis School is to systematically address skills using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to cultivate success in school and prepare students for meaningful and independent living in adulthood. Data is tracked across all learning domains and is utilized to develop individualized programming for each student. Preschool/Elementary The purpose of the school’s educational program in the preschool and elementary grades is to nurture strong foundational communication, learner readiness, academic, social, and play skills. Students are engaged in child-led, instructor directed learning activities in natural play environments as well as in structured, seated work sessions and groups, as appropriate to their age and ability levels. For preschool learners, the majority of their day is spent in 1:1 instruction devoted to natural environment teaching (NET) and intensive teaching time (ITT). They also participate in small groups that address literacy, mathematics, and physical education. Daily living skills, including toilet training if needed, are embedded within the school day programming. Primary students (Grades K-2) increase their participation in group instruction to also include social studies and science and begin participating in independent work sessions. Intermediate students (Grades 3-5) spend longer durations in group instruction, 1:1 intensive teaching sessions at a table, and independent work sessions. Intermediate students also contribute to their school community by completing classroom jobs. Community exploration is supported in elementary students through school activities and field trips. Middle The purpose of the school’s educational program in the middle school (Grades 6-8) is to further develop academic, communication, and social skills. Students participate in group instruction that addresses language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and physical education. Daily living skills and prevocational skills are embedded within the school day programming. Students interests are incorporated into instructional experiences and leisure development opportunities. During community based instruction (CBI), middle school students work on social skills, independent navigation, and generalization of communication skills in the community. An increase in independence is emphasized as students take more responsibility for their daily needs (i.e. lunch preparation, independent navigation of the school building, hygiene routines, self-advocacy) and for the needs of their school community (i.e. school wide jobs). High School For the 2018-2019 school year, Grades 9 and 10 will be enrolled in the school’s high school program. The purpose of the school’s educational program in the high school is to develop real life application skills through academic, pre-vocational and independent living skill experiences. Students participate in 1:1 and small group instruction that addresses reading, writing, and mathematics skills that prepare them for independent living. Communication and social skills are embedded within programming, as both of these areas are imperative for gaining independence and access to vocational opportunities. Student’s interests and abilities are incorporated into individualized pre-vocational and vocational activities that occur throughout the school building and in community settings.
Related Services:
speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy (contracted), and music therapy (contracted)