Lourie Center School

Get Directions12301 Academy Way
Rockville, MD 20852-2000
Montgomery County
301-984-4444 x 109
Referral Contact(s):
Kathie Daniel
Disabilities Served:
06 - emotional disability, 10 - multiple disabilities
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
Grade Range:
Nursey (4 year olds) through 5th
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:
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (M, T, Th, F) 9:00am-1:00pm (W)
Length of School/Program Year:
11 month
Program Description:
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 disabilities can include attachment/separation problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, sensory and mood disorders, disruptive behavior and atypical development. The 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 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 school operates five days per week for a total of 28 hours per week. The class size is up to 9 children with a 2 to 3 staff to student ratio. The school is approved through MSDE to serve children ages 4 through 12 years old and from Nursery-4 through 5th grade.
Related Services:
Psychotherapy, consult psychiatry, parent counseling, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, *physical therapy. *If warranted on student’s IEP