The Forbush School at Anne Arundel

Get Directions648 Old Mill Rd.
Millersville, MD 21108
Anne Arundel County
Referral Contact(s):
April Arford
Disabilities Served:
01 - intellectual disability, 14 - autism
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type II
Ages Served:
Grade Range:
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:
9:30 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
11 month
Program Description:
The primary goal of The Forbush School at Anne Arundel County is the integration of students into the public school instructional program to the greatest extent appropriate. To meet that goal, key instructional and behavioral strategies are utilized, including but not limited to: A. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings with the aim of addressing socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning. These can include direct instruction, errorless teaching, naturalistic teaching, shadowing, facilitation, discrete trial training, and other instructional methods that use consistent, systematic, and frequent prompts and consequences to teach new skills. B. Thematic Curriculum Concepts include valuable links for students in non-diploma earning programs in vocational areas. Students are enrolled in courses of study that prepare them for adult service agency programs and careers in their preferred career cluster by focusing instruction thematically. A few of the intended benefits include: opportunities to learn through more contextualized learning experiences; exposure to linkages between school-based learning and learning that occurs in the workplace and the community; opportunities to explore a wide range of authentic experiences; and the ability to determine and experience exceptional/unusual interests. C. Core Communication: Core words are those words that make up most of what we say in typical conversation and writing. Core words are more specifically classified as high frequency, reusable, generic words. Students routinely are required to participate in speaking, listening, writing, reading and social tasks within the context of an educational curriculum. The use of evidence-based core word techniques and resources increases communicative competency for students with significant communication needs; with the intended student outcome of improved communication abilities and academic achievement. D. Data-driven decision making: Staff constantly review data on the achievement of IEP goals, progress toward a toileting schedule, or the comparison of target behavior rates to days of attendance, to name a few things. Data drives the decisions of the team to make changes or to continue with current recommendations. II. The name of the legal authority responsible for governing and operating the educational program is The Sheppard Pratt Health System, Incorporated. III. Identifying information to include: a. The name of the school: The Forbush School at Anne Arundel County b. Address of the school: 648 Old Mill Road, Millersville, MD 21108 c. Telephone number of the school: 410-729-9181 V. Student enrollment capacity = 12 VI. Student characteristics including a. Ages / Grades to include: Kindergarten, Grades 1 – 8 and non-diploma earning students in Grades 9 – 12. b. All genders. c. Students with primary disabilities of Intellectual disabilities and Autism VII. Educational program for non-diploma earning students is provided by the nonpublic school. VIII. Instruction provided by the public school to students who are also enrolled in the nonpublic school includes Fine Arts (Art, Music), Media, and Physical Education. IX. Staff employed by the nonpublic school to implement the educational program, including related services staff in special education programs; include the following: a. Educational Director b. Curriculum Coordinator c. Behavior Specialist d. Speech Pathologist e. Special Educators f. Assistant Behavior Specialist g. Vocational Program Assistant h. Educational Assistants i. Dedicated Aides (1:1) X. Description of the physical facilities used by the school is at the will of the Ruth Parker Eason School Principal’s discretion to select and appoint classroom space to the program, adequate to serve the enrollment and staff.
Related Services:
Related services include occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological services, psychiatric services including medication prescription and management, school nursing, parent trainings, vocational training and transition support. These services are provided by direct therapy and/or consultation as indicated in the student’s IEP.
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