High Road Academy2019-09-23T12:15:49-04:00

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  • 9705 Washington Blvd. N
    Laurel, MD 20723

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High Road Academy

High Road Academy began in 1998, and the focus of the program is the mission of remediation; and the main goal, whenever possible and applicable, is to return students to the least restrictive environment (LRE) at their home schools. We take great pride in the fact that we have been able to maintain an average annual return rate of 30% of our total school population. Better yet, follow-up data indicates that High Road Academy students who have returned to their home schools continue to achieve and meet the challenges in the mainstream classrooms.

Our Students

Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road Academy. Our students are generally in grades 3–12 (aged 7 to 21). Our student populations face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Specific Learning Disability, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, Hearing &/or Vision Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disability, Multiple Disabilities.

Our Staff

We are proud to employ certified special education teachers, staff trained in crisis intervention, school social workers, in-home and/or family therapist, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and access to physical therapy

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Program Overview

High Road Academy specializes in individualized, remedial programs specifically designed for students with severe reading impediments. Staff is trained in a variety of methodologies and interventions for students with significant reading disabilities. We provide a safe and nurturing environment that addresses each student’s unique challenges – academic, communication, and social – in a continuous positive cycle of learning and advancement. Small class sizes and one-on-one attention provide personalized instruction that builds on each child’s particular strengths and expertly targets identified deficits. Academic performance is evaluated and monitored regularly so that programming adjustments can be made to close academic gaps. Our highly trained staff guides students who learn differently to an unprecedented level of success in all facets of their lives. Enabling and empowering students to direct their own lives is key to our approach.

Gaining Skills Through a Proven Academic Rotational Model

Central to our overall approach is building a student’s confidence and competence through personalized academic, interactions, customized curriculums, state-of-the-art intervention tools, and a signature education model. Our certified and skilled instructors provide each student with personalized instruction in a safe and supportive environment.

Individualized Education Starts With Assessment

Each student’s learning and language needs are accurately identified using our multi-tiered hierarchy to determine a students’ academic level:

  • Tier 1 – Students on Grade Level or 1 or More Years Below Grade Level

  • Tier 2 – Students 2 or More Years Below Grade Level

  • Tier 3 – Students 3 or More Years Below Grade Level

Developing a Student’s Plan

Teacher’s analyze a student’s individual assessment data to target the specific skill areas in need of direct and systematic intervention. Based on the student’s assessment, individualized materials, methods, and programs are selected to match the students specific Reading, English, Language Arts, and Math needs

Through Data-Based Individualizations, we focus on research-based practices by linking our intervention methods to a student’s assessment data. By customizing towards each student’s needs, we are able to plan accordingly while also adjusting our implementation methods depending on the individual student.

Our program fulfills all IEP, LRE, and IDEA requirements through customized behavior intervention plans, the tracking of behavioral trends, and a host of therapeutic approaches and motivational strategies. Our Behavior Management System provides routines, norms, boundaries, and clear expectations that our students crave and require in order to concentrate and remain on task throughout the day. To achieve success through our Behavior Management system, we focus on these key components:

  • Safety First: Providing a safe learning environment for all students. Parents, districts, and students are reassured that our environments are secure, nurturing, and supportive.

  • Positive Reinforcement Techniques: In order to reach their personal behavioral goals, our staff and teachers providing continuous and ongoing positive behavior support for all students.

  • Mutual Respect: By showing students the importance of respecting themselves and others, they learn to honor the differences among them while also gaining an appreciation for rules as well as authority figures.

  • Strong Therapeutic Approach: In order to teach self-regulatory techniques, establish emotional balance, and create a sense of inner well-being, our staff and teachers deliver compassionate mindfulness techniques, guidance, and counseling for all students.

  • Data-Driven Interventions: When a student is having difficulties beyond the support of the school-wide behavior management system, the staff will utilize data to inform future intervention strategies.

Academic Rotational Model

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In both our schools and district classrooms, our Academic Rotational Model  serves students who currently possess a developed means of communication and are seeking a typical classroom experience. Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.

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Technology-Based Workstations

Supplemental curriculum software programs are prescriptively assigned for additional skill development.

Teacher-Directed Tutorial Sessions

Students receive personalized 1:1 instruction based on their individual skill levels, pace, and learning styles.

Small-Group Reinforcement Lessons

In order to promote social competencies for our students, we bring them together to simultaneously bolster learned proficiency and social interaction.

Independent Seatwork

Students are able to develop a personal sense of identity, efficiency, and accountability through independent seatwork where they learn to self-monitor and self-motivate through guided practice opportunities within the curriculum content.

Transition Program

Our Academic Model is designed as a rotational system of learning. By focusing on key areas — academics, behavior modifications, support services, and transition / life planning services — we are able to meet the individual needs of all students through these varied approaches to instruction.

Through collaboration with a student’s IEP team, we are able to choose the most appropriate learning model based on a given student’s present levels of performance, social capabilities, motor coordination, and ability to learn in a group setting.

Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.

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