KTS-The Katherine Thomas School

Address:
Get Directions9975 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
County:
Montgomery County
Phone:
301-738-9691
Fax:
Website:
Referral Contact(s):
Rhona Schwartz Please visit our website www.ttlc.org to apply for any of the vacant positions listed under the Career Tab.
Disabilities Served:
04 - speech or language impairment, 09 - specific learning disabilities, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
200
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
4-21
Grade Range:
Pre-K through 12
Private Pay Students Accepted:
yes
Setting:
Day
Before and/or After School Program:
yes
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
yes
Wheelchair Accessible:
yes
Hours of Operation for School Day:
K-8: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.; Gr. 9-12: 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; Pre-K: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
10 month, 11 month, extended school year, 6 week summer school
Program Description:
The Katherine Thomas School, serves students with moderate to severe language and learning disabilities, other health impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, and/or mild to moderate autism. Staff utilize auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic movement-oriented learning and infuse lessons and activities with developmentally appropriate and language-based experiences. Social skills development is addressed through all aspects of the student’s day. Art, music and drama classes are offered. The Katherine Thomas School preschool program uses a developmental model and blends typical preschool activities -- social interactive play, experiential learning activities and daily language lessons -- with an intense emphasis on communication, interaction and problem solving. Our multidisciplinary team (including a special educator, teacher assistant, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and social worker) work together to support maximum individualization and encourage excellent outcomes. Both The Katherine Thomas School Lower/Middle School Program and the High School Program offer a safe, nurturing environment for each student’s emotional growth and educational development. The programs provide instruction in reading, oral and written expression and math, as well as the strategies needed for academic, social and post-graduation success. The positive, success-oriented curriculum supports students who, with specialized help transition to an educational or employment setting. Our integrated, multidisciplinary classroom team includes a special educator, teacher assistant, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker and administrator. High school students may participate in opportunities to build leadership skills through activities such as the SGA and Peer Mediation programs. After school activities are available for athletic, social and homework support. The high school offers both diploma and certificate pathways. Student Transition Readiness through Intensive Developmental Education (The STRIDE Program) The STRIDE program is designed to meet the needs of lower middle school students in grades K–¬¬5 with moderate to severe language and learning disabilities, other health impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, and/or mild to moderate autism, who also display difficulties in other developmental areas, including significant challenges in perspective-taking, engagement, attention, regulation, group process and social interactions and require more intensive support to succeed academically and socially than in the KTS lower Middle School Program. An interdisciplinary team serves the STRIDE classroom, consisting of a special education certified teacher, teacher assistant, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, and behavior consultant. The goal for this transitional program is for students to successfully transfer into the KTS Lower Middle School Program or a less restrictive environment. Excellence in Educational and Emotional Learning (The EXCEL Program) The EXCEL program is designed to meet the needs of high school students in grades 9–12 (ages 14–21) with moderate to severe language and learning disabilities, other health impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, and/or mild to moderate autism, who also display difficulties in other developmental areas, including significant challenges in perspective-taking, engagement, attention, regulation, group process and social interactions, and require more intensive support to succeed academically and socially than in the KTS High School Program. An interdisciplinary team serves an EXCEL classroom, consisting of a special education certified teacher, teacher assistant, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, behavior consultant, and psychologist. The goal for this transitional program is for students to successfully transfer into the KTS High School Program or a less restrictive environment. The Boost Program: Students in our Boost Program may exhibit interfering behaviors related to regulation, perspective taking, engagement, learning academic concepts, and social interaction that would require more supports than would be available in a KTS classroom. They may also need extra support with learning the academic concepts. The Boost Program will provide a lower teacher to student ratio and an interdisciplinary team designed to meet the individual needs of each student.
Related Services:
Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling services, physical therapy.
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