Community School of Maryland

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Brookeville, MD 20833-1009
Montgomery County
Referral Contact(s):
Scott Murtha, Director of Education
Disabilities Served:
14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
Grade Range:
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:
9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Inc. (CSAAC) is the non-profit entity that operates and manages the Community School of Maryland. The Community School of Maryland is comprised of a day and residential school for seven (7) through twenty- one (21) year olds. The Community School of Maryland provides non-graded 12-month residential and/or day school program for students ages 7 through 21. The primary goal is to prepare students for inclusion in their communities and for positive post-secondary outcomes. There are currently five classrooms, each with a capacity of seven students. In addition, there is a gymnasium, computer lab, media center, resource room, a lunch room and a fully equipped kitchen. Instructional focus is on functional academics to include mathematics, reading/language arts, handwriting/word processing, science and social studies, and health; communication; self-care and independent living skills; recreation and leisure skills; and vocational skills. There are a number of school-based work experiences which include a car wash and clerical, janitorial, landscaping and food services training opportunities. A variety of paid and non-paid community-based work experiences are developed each year, consistent with the interests of the students. Additionally, all students participate in weekly community-based activities during school and/or residential hours of operation, like swimming, bowling, movies, 4-H Club; field trips; shopping; eating out; banking; and a number of other activities designed to more fully integrate them into the community, generalize classroom skills to the community and improve the quality of their lives. Each student follows an individualized schedule that includes behavioral and instructional programming to maintain continuity in the school and/or residence. Community School of Maryland has a reading specialist on staff to help assess, and provide intensive reading instruction. Students also have the opportunity to partake in activities such as annual Prom, Field Day, and Science Fair among other events
Related Services:
Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, psychological support, adaptive physical education, and additional related services and/or con
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