Cedar Ridge School
12146 Cedar Ridge Road
Williamsport, MD 21795-3031
301-582-0282, ext. 152
06 - emotional disability, 08 - other health impairments
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I General Education, Type I Special Education
7 - 21
2 through 12
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. to 3:00 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
10 month, extended school year
Cedar Ridge School is located on the 100+ acre campus of Cedar Ridge Children’s Home and School, Inc. The school has a Type I Special Education program that primarily serves students with emotional disabilities and other health impairments. Many students may also have learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities or a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The TYPE I General Education program predominantly serves male students who have been placed in the Cedar Ridge Children’s Home. These students may or may not have an IEP. Students are co-mingled to maximize the benefits of both programs.
Cedar Ridge provides a safe, nurturing environment that is highly structured and predictable, with low student to staff ratios. A school-wide, positive behavioral management system is utilized, which incorporates social skills training and natural consequences, as well as crisis management as needed. The physical building includes specialized rooms for crisis and sensory needs. School staff makes every effort to partner with parents and agencies working with enrolled students in order to help each student make academic, emotional, social and behavioral growth.
Our curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards and is utilized along with resources from local counties such as Washington County Public Schools to provide the most appropriate instructional materials for our student body, taking into consideration the individual needs of each student. Elementary and middle school students receive instruction in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Related Arts includes keyboarding, music and art classes, as well as opportunities for social skills training and service learning projects. High school students receive instruction for all required courses in English, Math, Science and Social Studies, as well as PE, Health/Life Skills, Fine Arts, and Foundations of Technology. Career Research and Development is the current completer for graduation. Remediation and reading intervention programs are made available on an on-going basis.
Whenever possible, Cedar Ridge School endeavors to prepare students to succeed in a less restrictive environment, whether that is a public school setting or community based work program,.
Individual and group counseling are built into the program, utilizing a variety of modalities that include experiential learning, access to animals and nature, exploring vocational interests through community involvement, as well as traditional talk and play therapies. Washington County Public Schools provides speech and occupational therapy services as needed and the school has a nurse available to oversee medication and other health related concerns.