The Chimes School
4810 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
01 - intellectual disability, 10 - multiple disabilities, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
6 - 21
K through 8, and non-graded program for ages 14 - 21
Private Pay Students Accepted:
Before and/or After School Program:
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
Hours of Operation for School Day:
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
10 month, extended school year, 4 week summer school
Chimes School, which has been in continuous operation since 1947, is a nonpublic coeducational special education facility, accredited by Maryland State Department of Education. The school provides educational services to students between the ages of 6 and 21 with mental retardation, multiple disabilities and autism. The student population has not only a wide age range, but also a wide range of functioning levels.
Classrooms are located in one building in the Seton Business Park in Baltmore City. Classrooms are primarily self-contained, with student groupings based on functioning level and age. All classroom teachers are certified in special education. At least one teaching assistant is assigned to every classroom. The curriculum includes functional academics, practical living skills, pre-vocational and vocational training and self-help skills. Related services include speech/language therapy, social work, counseling, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Behavioral supports and crisis intervention are also provided. Emphasis is placed on developing socialization skills with a focus on socially acceptable behavior.
Community-based instruction is fostered throughout the program, in order to encourage generalization of skills across environments. As skills are learned, they must be utilized in naturally occurring situations to make them truly useful.
Pre-vocational training is provided within the self-contained classrooms appropriate to the age and functioning level of the students. While basic skill development is stressed, the development of appropriate work attitudes and habits is equally important. Mobility training, both walking and the use of MTA, is an important part of overall vocational training and is begun early with walking mobility on the school grounds.
As students reach the age of 14, an individual transition plan is developed as part of the IEP. Programming then focuses on vocational experiences, with many of the groups having regular assignments in the community. These assignments are made at a variety of community placements where students work as volunteers. This not only provides opportunities to explore areas of vocational interest at actual sites, but also encourages the development of personal commitment to community service.
For some students, particularly those who are 17 or older, transition plans specify an actual vocational assignment for a designated number of hours per week as determined by the IEP team. Chimes School links with Chimes Adult Vocational Services to provide an appropriate work/study placement in the community. Individual students may meet the specified criteria for a paid community position for the hours indicated in the IEP. Training and job support services are provided by Chimes School staff.
Chimes School provides an extended school year program for students whose IEPs require it. This program runs for four weeks in July. Staffing includes certified special education teachers, teaching assistants and support staff. Related services as specified in the IEPs of the enrolled students are provided by appropriately certified/licensed service providers.
COACH (Chimes Opportunities for Autistic Children), focuses on students who have a diagnosis of Autism, or a related disorder, which includes intense communication and behavioral challenges. The Program uses tools such as Applied Verbal Behavioral Programming (AVB) with intensive communication supports and in home services.
Students being considered for this programming will have a history of behavioral needs, crisis intervention, communication challenges, sensory difficulties and needs for career development.
The COACH program assists student with significant needs related to Autism to become more independent in their learning, work and home environments. The use of AVB/ABA is incorporated into services to address intense skill development and behavioral needs. As skills and behavior improve, the student is integrated into a group setting. The value of participating, tolerating and performing successfully within the group situation, among peers and co-workers, will be an essential element for our COACH students. To support this effort the student's team include Speech Language Pathologist, Psychology Associate, Occupational Therapy, and a Social Work. It is our philosophy that each student can develop appropriate means of communication, to reduce negative behavior and promote positive means of expressive language, coupled with generalizing such skills to the home and work settings.
Social work, speech and language remediation, counseling, behavioral support, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing.