News & Events

News & Events


Reading Support Specialists

Kathy Martin is in her 18th year at High Road Academy. As a lower school teacher for eleven years, she worked diligently in helping children to develop adequate reading skills in an effort to further their progress towards academic goals and objectives. For the past six years, Kathy has been part of the Related Services team as a Reading Support Specialist. Phonics is her passion and she cheerfully exclaims that she looks forward to coming to work each week. Using a variety of reading programs and supplementary aids, she has crafted a program that addresses the basic aspects of the reading process, specifically: phonics instruction, which supports word recognition, automatic sight word recognition, reading comprehension, spelling, and reading comprehension. She is greatly appreciated by students and staff for her cheerful and helpful attitude.

Adrienne Lyon has been at at High Road Academy for 11 years as a Reading Support Teacher working with both lower and upper grade students. She is well known around the school for creating a positive atmosphere for learning and growth. Mrs. Lyon earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and currently lives in Howard County Maryland. Over the years she has experienced different teaching opportunities and states that “each experience has helped me grow as a reading teacher and understand the importance of quality education in the early years of a child”. A very important belief of hers is “to reach a student is to teach a student to read.” In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband doing various activities. She also enjoys shopping for unique jewelry and of course reading a good novel. Her favorite teacher quote: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”.

Harvest Festival

Recently, students and staff of the High Road School of Southern Maryland participated in our Annual Harvest Festival. This event coincided with Halloween this year so staff and students dressed in their Halloween costumes. Students who earned this event by being on blue level were able to participate in this great harvest party. The Harvest Festival offered several activities including face painting, candy corn guessing game, silly string, and a coloring contest. Of course, students also had lots of fun snacks and treats to commemorate this fun time.

Exploring Professions – Landscaping

Recently, the Elementary, Middle, and High School students interested in careers in Landscaping attended a workshop hosted by Elisha Pittman to gain information regarding the profession.  Students received information regarding the pay range, types of work involved, working for yourself, and customer service.  They were very interested in hearing about the many aspects of the landscaping business.

Workforce Development Recognition Ceremony

The High Road Schools Recognition Ceremony is a bi-annual event that provides our students the chance to be recognized for their achievements in a variety of certification courses that are offered.  Recently we celebrated some our Junior and Senior students at Highroad Academy of Prince George’s County for completing certificate programs offered at Prince George’s Community College through the Workforce Development Program during the Fall semester.  Congratulations to the following students:

Customer Service

Noel H.
Juan V.

Microsoft 1

Juan V.
James W.
Aaron K.
Albert V.R.
Katlin M.
Yahkeem D.
Barron A.
D’Kari P.



High Road Academy of Prince George’s County Spelling Bee: 2017-2018 School Year Champions

The High Road Academy recently held their annual Spelling Bee.  This year, the winners will advance to a regional spelling bee to be held in the spring of 2018.  Congratulations to the 2017-18 HIgh Road Academy of Prince George’s County spelling be winners.

 Elementary School

1st Place:  Myles McKenzie
2nd Place: Dayshawn Knight
3rd Place: Toryonna Boston

 Middle School

1st Place: Mariella Morales
2nd Place: Faith Waite
3rd Place: Sky Phillips

 High School

1st Place: Jalan White
2nd Place: Wesley Romero Juarez
3rd Place: Deshawn Clark

Career Day 2017

workfornce development logoThroughout the year our Transition Program students are exposed to a variety of career options. The Annual Career Fair a great way to interact with the professionals within specific industries. Students were able to hear about careers in the following fields: Park Ranger, Fire Fighter, Plumbing, Musician, Police Officer as well as hear about admission and college life from a representative from Bowie State University.

Career Day 2017

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Great News for High Road Schools

Check out the latest edition of “Stepping Stones,” the MANSEF newsletter. In this issue, students from the High Road Academy (Laurel ) are featured (page 5). Also, the 2017 Michael Cardin Scholarship recipients have been announced, including several High Road students (pages 1 and 12).


Look Beyond the Book

The theme for this year’s week-long literacy event at the High Road Academy was “Look Beyond the Book.” As part of the event, students were able to purchase books at our Book Fair, they participated in a writing workshop with local authors, and they  finished off the week with a poetry slam during which some of our budding writers composed poems they shared in with their peers and staff.