The Frost School

Address:
Get Directions4915 Aspen Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20853-3700
County:
Montgomery County
Phone:
301-933-3451
Fax:
301-933-0350
Website:
Referral Contact(s):
Claire Cohen (ccohen@frostschool.org) Mark Hajjar (mhajjar@frostschool.org Carol Hobbes (chobbes@frostschool.org)
Disabilities Served:
04 - speech or language impairment, 06 - emotional disability, 09 - specific learning disabilities, 10 - multiple disabilities, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
125
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
6-21
Grade Range:
1 through 12
Private Pay Students Accepted:
yes
Setting:
Day
Before and/or After School Program:
no
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
yes
Wheelchair Accessible:
yes
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 ages six to 21 with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The Frost School is a program of the Sheppard Pratt Health System and contains several specialized programs, each providing a supportive and structured environment integrating specialized academic instruction, counseling, transition services, and behavioral modification specific to each student population. The Therapeutic Community and Lodge Programs serve high-school-aged, students utilizing a therapeutic community model. The model incorporates special education and integrated group and individual counseling, individualized academic and therapeutic support, family counseling, and psychiatric services conducted by special educators, licensed social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Students are taught communication skills, personal accountability, problem solving, conflict resolution, and relationship building skills through the daily group counseling sessions, individual counseling, and community meetings. Both program works primarily with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. The Therapeutic Community and Lodge Programs are also appropriate for students with learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, or attention deficit disorders whose problem solving, social, and communication skills impede their ability to access the curriculum in a general education setting. These programs offer small classes, related services, vocational training and internship opportunities, and transition services for students starting middle and high school. The Lower and Middle School Programs offer students in grades one through eight a model that includes both self-contained and content-based classrooms. We utilize a combination of behavioral and therapeutic approaches in addition to specialized academic instruction by certified teachers. This model provides students with a structured and predictable learning environment. We utilize positive behavior supports, visual activity schedules, child directed and play based therapy, integrated sensory motor activities and techniques, family counseling, and individual and group counseling as appropriate, in addition to other related services. The Oakmont Secondary Program offers a unique program for middle and high school students with autism spectrum disorder 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 intervention programs are developed by a team that includes a behavioral psychologist, clinical social worker, behavior specialists, and special educators, and all students take part in a motivational system incorporating high levels of positive reinforcement. The Oakmont Primary Program serves students ages six through 15 with autism spectrum disorder 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 psychologists, behavior specialists, behavioral support staff, licensed speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, educational assistants, and one-to-one assistants.
Related Services:
Individual, Group, Family Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychological Services, Psychiatry, School Nursing.