Listing Type : MANSEF Schools
County : Montgomery County
Phone : 301-740-7807
Fax : 301-740-7809
Referral Contact : William Prestianni, 301-740-7807, x4104
Disabilities Served : 01 - Intellectual Disability, 06 - Emotional Disability, 08 - Other Health Impairments, 09 - Specific Learning Disabilities, 10 - Multiple Disabilities, 14 - Autism
Length of School/Program Year : 10 month, Extended School Year
MSDE Approval Category : Type I Special Education
Capacity of Facility : 115
Ages Served : 6-21
Grade Range : 1 through 12
Private Pay Students Accepted : Yes
Setting : Day
Before and/or After School Program : No
Nurse on-site (full or part time) : No
Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
Hours of Operation for School Day : 10 month, extended school year, 4 week summer school
Program Description : The Foundation School of Montgomery County offers primarily specialized programming to meet the unique needs of students with emotional disabilities who display a spectrum of behavioral problems, social skills impairment, and social-emotional needs. 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 staff to develop and maintain a highly qualified and dedicated staff. This is a comprehensive psycho-educational program that has been carefully 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 many facets of The Foundation School program are designed to implement goals that actualize the philosophy that every student can experience success in a learning environment given appropriate instructional conditions. The elementary, middle, and high school curricula, grades 1-12, offer subject courses appropriate for elementary through high school and allow students to meet the requirements of their home school district. We adhere to State and District standards and assessments. All classes are small in size and the elementary classrooms are 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 level based on their IEP and ongoing assessment data. Teachers and therapists use evidenced-based 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 social skill instruction and continuous performance feedback throughout the school day. All students receive core academic and behavior programs, 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 and testing, 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. In addition to the services mentioned above, we offer related services for Psychiatric care with our consulting psychiatrist. The goal is to teach and prepare students to return to a less restrictive environment, ultimately a general education classroom in a public school setting. As students achieve continued success at The Foundation School, the process of transitioning to the mainstream will begin. When a student meets the criteria for mainstreaming, The Foundation School staff coordinates the transition procedures with the appropriate Local Educational Agency (LEA) personnel.
Related Services : Special Education Services, Individual and Group Counseling, Psychiatric and Counseling Services, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Job Coaching/Transition Services, and Dedicated Aide Support.