Listing Type : MANSEF Schools
County : Montgomery County
Phone : 240-740-5061
Disabilities Served : 01 - Intellectual Disability, 06 - Emotional Disability, 08 - Other Health Impairments, 09 - Specific Learning Disabilities, 10 - Multiple Disabilities, 14 - Autism
MSDE Approval Category : Type I General Education
Capacity of Facility : 18
Ages Served : 12-21
Grade Range : 6-12
Private Pay Students Accepted : Yes
Setting : Day
Before and/or After School Program : No
Nurse on-site (full or part time) : Yes
Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
Hours of Operation for School Day : 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)
Program Description : The Foundation School at Blair G. Ewing is a Type II non-public program located within the Blair G. Ewing Alternative School. The primary goal of The Foundation School at Blair G. Ewing is to integrate students back into the public school education program to the greatest extent possible. The program is designed to offer specialized programming to meet the unique needs of special education students with emotional disabilities, who display a spectrum of behavioral problems, learning challenges, social skills impairment, and social-emotional needs. We aim to enhance how the students learn by providing an integrated approach to address each student’s unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional requirements in a safe, supportive, and therapeutic learning environment. We promote a team approach that values cooperation and collaboration, and involves students, school personnel, parent/guardian(s), and the community. We also provide ongoing professional development to our employees to develop and maintain highly qualified and dedicated staff. The Foundation School at Blair G. Ewing is designed to provide the academic and social/behavioral support needed for each student determined through the development and implementation of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Foundation School at Blair G. Ewing works collaboratively with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the Special Education - Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools Division, and the Blair G. Ewing Alternative School to provide instruction aligning with MCPS public school curriculum. All classes are small in size and self-contained. School personnel work as a team to improve student achievement, reduce problem behaviors, and improve overall social/emotional well-being. Students are instructed at their individual grade level based on their IEP and ongoing assessment data. Teachers and therapists use evidence-based assessment and strategies to actively engage students and increase their success rates in school. The focus of instruction is on the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards at all grade levels. School personnel use explicit instruction, clear expectations, and structured routines to promote independence and coping skills. We use a Positive Behavioral Support Model that incorporates behavioral and social skill instruction and continuous performance feedback throughout the school day. All students receive core academic instruction and behavior support, however, some students require more related service support. We offer individual and group counseling/therapy in the areas of drug and alcohol education, violence prevention, trauma-informed cognitive behavior therapy, anger management, grief and loss, peer mediation, conflict resolution, and intensive crisis intervention. Case management services are provided for truancy supervision to establish collaborative communication with parents/guardians, outside agencies, and students' outpatient treatment providers.
Related Services : Special Education Services, Individual and Group Counseling, Counseling Services, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Job Coaching/Transition Services, and Dedicated Aide Support.