Jefferson School

Get Directions2940 Point of Rocks Road
Jefferson, MD 21755
Frederick County
Referral Contact(s):
Nicole Tekin
Disabilities Served:
06 - emotional disability
Capacity of Facility:
53 residential; 50 day
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I General Education, Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
11-21 (must bein 6th grade)
Grade Range:
6 through 12
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:
8:30 a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
The Jefferson School is a residential treatment center and special education school that provides therapeutic and educational services for youth ages 11-21 with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Located fifteen minutes outside Frederick, MD, the 30-acre school campus includes baseball, softball and soccer fields, a barn and rink for the Equine-Assisted Therapy Program, and a ropes course. The remaining wooded property affords opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. The Jefferson School promotes a residential milieu and collaborative learning environment that provides compassionate clinical, special education, and prevocational services. As an outcome-oriented school, our treatment focuses heavily on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) both in the classroom and residential settings, as a way to teach our students effective and healthy behavior management skills. The school has a full size gymnasium, a library/media center, greenhouse, visual and performing arts classrooms, a graphic arts lab, and wood shop. In addition, there are dining, recreation and health services, along with a fully equipped OT clinic that provides traditional OT services as well as sensory integration approaches. There are medical staff and psychiatrists available for medication management and psychiatric crisis management. The residential units are single gender houses generally split by age. There is a special residential program for sexually reactive boys, and a school program focused on life skills designed for students pursuing a Certificate of Completion.
Related Services:
Individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, social work services, speech therapy, occupational therapy including sensory integration approaches, educational assessment, psychological assessment, psychiatric assessment/medication management, therapeutic recreation services, school health services, behavior management, equine assisted psychotherapy services.
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