The Frost School

Get Directions4915 Aspen Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20853-3700
Montgomery County
Referral Contact(s):
Claire Cohen ( Mark Hajjar ( Carol Hobbes (
Disabilities Served:
04 - speech or language impairment, 06 - emotional disability, 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:
8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
The Frost School is a nonpublic special education day school serving students age 6-21 with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The Frost School is a program of Sheppard Pratt Health System and contains several programs each providing a supportive and structured environment integrating specialized academic instruction, counseling, transition services, and behavioral modification specific to each student population. All programs offer small classes, related services, psychiatric services, and academic curriculum adapted to the needs of each student. Vocational training, internship opportunities, and transition services are offered for students starting in middle and high school. The Therapeutic Community Middle and High School Programs serve middle and high school age students utilizing a therapeutic community/group model. The model incorporates special education with integrated group counseling, community meetings, and multiple family group counseling. Students are taught communication skills, personal accountability, problem solving, conflict resolution, and relationship building skills through the daily group counseling sessions and community meetings. This program works primarily with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, but is appropriate for students with learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, or attention deficit disorders whose problem solving, social skills, and communication skills impede their ability to access the general education curriculum. The Lodge High School Program offers a therapeutic model for students in high school students with emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive disabilities who require a supportive and structured learning environment. Ongoing individual, group, and family counseling are provided as embedded services. Through the formation of positive relationships with onsite clinicians and peers, students are encouraged to work through social and emotional obstacles impeding their development as students and productive community members. Students are joined with their peers in the Therapeutic Community High School program for all academic courses and social opportunities. The Lower School Program offers students in grades 1-8 a self-contained classroom model that includes a combination of behavioral and therapeutic approaches in addition to specialized academic instruction by certified teachers. The model provides students with a structured and predictable learning environment utilizing positive behavior supports, visual activity schedules, child directed and play based therapy, integrated sensory motor activities and techniques, family counseling, and introduction to individual and group counseling as appropriate in addition to other related services. The Oakmont Secondary Program offers a unique program for students with autism spectrum disorders in middle and high school who are on a diploma track. Content area courses are taught by certified and experienced special education teachers with the support of trained educational assistants. Students in the Oakmont Secondary Program participate in daily social skills training, resource support, and related services. Individualized behavioral programs are developed by a team that includes a behavioral psychologist, behavior specialists, and special educators and all students are placed on a motivational system incorporating high levels of positive reinforcement. The Oakmont Primary Program serves students ages 5-15 with autism spectrum disorders and other related disorders. Students are taught in highly structured self-contained classrooms utilizing a variety of strategies including: discrete trial, direct instruction, play based instruction, motor skill development, sensory integration strategies, natural aided language stimulation, community based instruction, and positive behavioral support. Individualized behavior and academic plans are formulated by a team of certified teachers, licensed psychologist, behavioral support staff, licensed speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, educational assistants and 1:1 assistants.
Related Services:
Individual, Group, Family Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Services, Psychiatry, School Nursing.
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