The Foundation School of Montgomery County

Get Directions220 Girard St., Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Montgomery County
Referral Contact(s):
William Prestianni 301-740-7807 x104
Disabilities Served:
01 - intellectual disability, 06 - emotional disability, 08 - other health impairments, 09 - specific learning disabilities, 10 - multiple disabilities, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
Grade Range:
1 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:
8:15-3:15 (M-F) 8:15-12 (every 2nd & 4th Wed)
Length of School/Program Year:
10 month, extended school year, 4 week summer school
Program Description:
The Foundation School of Montgomery County provides a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students identified with emotional disabilities, as well as those with other social emotional and learning challenges, preparing them to be lifelong learners. The vision of The Foundation Schools is that all students experience success. Our purpose is to inspire, uplift and motivate our students to strive for a bright future and believe they can achieve their dreams. The Foundation School of Montgomery County provides a full continuum of educational services and therapeutic supports to meet the unique academic and emotional needs of each student. We primarily offer specialized classrooms to meet the unique needs of students who are emotionally disabled but also serve other special education students with a history of social emotional and learning challenges which impact their school progress. We offer a specialized classroom for students with intellectual disabilities and social emotional and learning challenges such as students with autism. The comprehensive psychoeducational day program at The Foundation School of Montgomery County has been carefully designed to meet the educational, psychiatric, psychological, and social needs of each student. The Common Core State Standards drive our instruction and prepare students for lifelong learning. The school curriculum includes all subjects required by the state and local school systems as well as a specialized career research and development program of study. All state mandated assessments, including the PARCC assessments, DC Science Assessment, and MSAA assessment, are administered according to state guidelines. We work closely with students to make sure they are on target to receive their high school diploma at the completion of high school. Students can also receive a Certificate of Attendance, as an alternative to the High School Diploma, when determined by the IEP team. Career Development starts in the 1st grade through 12th grade and is designed to facilitate grade level coordinated activities to ensure students are preparing and exploring post-secondary plans. In addition to our academic curriculum, we offer an intensive behavior and therapeutic supports program to meet each student’s individual needs. The school-wide behavior management system includes a points and levels progression system, incentives, and consequences. The behavior management system is built on the tenants of School Wide Positive Behavior Supports. Through the behavior management system and explicit social skills instruction, students are explicitly taught to demonstrate appropriate behavior and provided with opportunities to practice appropriate behavior. Individual therapy and group counseling on a variety of topics are offered. The goal of this school based counseling is to help students to be more school ready and more available for learning. Additional therapeutic focus includes: Drug and alcohol education, prevention, and counseling, violence prevention, trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy, anger management, social skills development, grief and loss, peer mediation, conflict resolution, and intensive crisis intervention. Case management services are provided by the program therapists at The Foundation School of Montgomery County in order to establish collaborative communication with each student’s parent/guardian as well as the student’s outpatient treatment providers or supports. Therapists also work with the student and parent on truancy concerns and attendance plans as needed. Our Foundation Links program works with students and parents to help prevent or address excessive truancy issues with students and assists family members with basic needs and support counseling. Staff at The Foundation School of Montgomery County also includes the school administrative team, consulting psychiatrist, certified special education teachers, licensed therapists, licensed speech/language pathologists, licensed occupational therapist, behavior management specialists, dedicated aides program assistants, and other support staff.
Related Services:
Special Education Services, Individual and Group Therapy, Psychiatric and Counseling Services, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Job Coaching/Transition Services, and Dedicated Aide Support.