The Frost School

Get Directions4915 Aspen Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20853-3700
Montgomery County
Referral Contact(s):
Claire Cohen ( Chip Maust ( Carol Hobbes ( Laura Pickard (
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 5-21 with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The Frost School is a program of Sheppard Pratt Health System, Inc. and contains four 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 Program serves elementary, middle, and high school students utilizing a therapeutic community/group model. The model incorporates special education and group counseling, individualized academic and therapeutic support, family counseling, and psychiatric services. 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, speech and language 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 Program also works with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This model utilizes individual counseling techniques, family counseling, and group counseling once a week. Both programs offer small classes, related services, vocational training and internship opportunities, and transition services for students starting in middle and high school. The Oakmont Secondary School offers a unique program for students with autism spectrum disorders including Ausperger's Syndrome in middle and high school who are on a diploma track. Students are integrated with all other middle and high school students from the other Frost School programs for classes and social opportunities. 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 are self contained for 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 trail, 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, Psychological Services, Academic Remediation, Psychiatry
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