Lourie Center School
12301 Academy Way
Rockville, MD 20852-2000
301-984-4444 x 109
06 - emotional disability, 10 - multiple disabilities
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Nursey (4 year olds) through 5th
Private Pay Students Accepted:
Before and/or After School Program:
Nurse on-site (full or part time):
Hours of Operation for School Day:
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
The Lourie Center School is an early intervention program that provides specialized education/therapeutic services for elementary age children who are challenged by emotional, social and behavioral difficulties interfering with their capacity to learn and to develop healthy relationships with adults and peers. These emotional disorders can include attachment/separation problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, sensory and mood disorders, disruptive behavior and atypical development.
The Lourie Center School's mission is to foster the development of emotionally healthy children who can participate in school, be successful in learning, and form satisfying relationships with adults and peers. The critical elements of the Lourie Center School's approach include providing a therapeutic milieu, a strong academic curriculum, individualized instruction, and an integrated service delivery model. The therapeutic approach is relationship-based, since all early development takes place within the context of children's primary relationships. The treatment team works with each student on expanding his ability to understand and integrate emotional experiences and sensory input so that his availability for learning is maximized. This includes developing more organized behavior and self-regulation, increasing cognitive and communication skills, and enhancing emotional connectedness, social relationships and a strong sense of self. The Lourie Center School operates five days per week for a total of 28 hours per week. The class size is up to 9 students: adult-student ratio is 1:3. The Lourie Center School is approved through MSDE to serve children ages 4-through 5th grade or N4-5th grade.
Psychotherapy, consult psychiatry, parent counseling, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy.