Salem School - Expected opening September 2021

Get Directions2705 Lower New Germany Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Garrett County
Referral Contact(s):
Connie Myers - Executive Director Chris Atkinson - Education Director
Disabilities Served:
01 - intellectual disability, 08 - other health impairments, 10 - multiple disabilities, 14 - autism, 15 - developmental delay
Capacity of Facility:
MSDE Approval Category:
Type I Special Education
Ages Served:
Grade Range:
nongraded - 6 - 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:
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Length of School/Program Year:
12 month
Program Description:
The Maryland Salem Children's Trust operates the Salem School as a MSDE approved TYPE I full day nonpublic special education and residential education program. Located on a 380-acre campus in Garrett County between Grantsville and Frostburg, Maryland, our community based residential group homes are also located on campus with the mailing address at 605 Salem Drive, Frostburg, Maryland 21532. The purpose and mission of our education program is to provide person-centered, trauma-sensitive services to male and female children, adolescents, and adults ages 10-21 challenged by intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, and/or other health impairments — helping students thrive in a variety of settings. The educational program serves a student enrollment capacity of 50 students. Our educational and residential education, and related services are held in a one level school building and four community style group homes. The Salem School inspires a passion for learning in our students and helps them build their self-confidence and self-respect through academic achievement, while providing a blended curriculum, balancing academic and functional skills, including career and technical training. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. The educational programs provided at the Salem School uses a committed, synergistic approach to provide the following for each of its students: 1. Delivering researched based, data driven methodologies to support individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, and Autism, along with co-existing physical, medical, sensory, or psychiatric disabilities. 2. Providing a multi-disciplinary continuum of care that will ensure that those we serve achieve maximum independence and the highest level of autonomy. 3. Providing each student with the skills necessary to increase their capabilities through a supportive, collaborative, and therapeutic environment. To accomplish these objectives, each student will receive instruction tailored to their individualized educational track which, as per IEP decision, will be based upon typical standards of learning for those working toward a Maryland Certificate of Completion. This program is designed for the student who needs a highly specialized learning environment in which they can participate in learning with emphasis on communication skills and functional life-skills. The educational objectives and programming focus is on community integration, social skills development, daily living skills, career and technical education skills and meeting the medical and sensory impairment needs of individuals served. Blended into the program objectives are the academic areas of English/language arts, mathematics, history/social science, and science, which are based on the aligned Maryland State standards.
Related Services:
Individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, case management, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, educational assessment, applied behavior analysis, counseling, medication management, school health services, behavior management, and 1:1 aide per IEP requirements.