Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road Schoo and are generally in grades 1–12 (aged 6 to 21).They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Emotional Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, and more.
We are proud to employ certified special education teachers, staff trained in crisis intervention, school social workers, speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, and a school psychiatrist.
The High Road School of Harford County serves the educational and behavioral needs of students in a therapeutic and structured environment. The program is designed to focus on personalized academic and behavioral goals so students may return to a less restrictive setting as quickly as possible. The goals of the program are as follows:
- To provide each student with the academic and social skills necessary to be successful at school, at home, and in the community
- To prepare students to return to a less restrictive setting
- To prepare students for Maryland State testing programs
- To provide students with a consistent and structured environment designed to prevent regression and produce both academic and behavioral gains
- To provide students with an array of cultural and recreational experiences
The educational program focuses on academic instruction in English, math, science, social studies, and career training. The High Road School is approved by MSDE and is therefore able to offer all courses students need to graduate. The morning is devoted to academic instruction through various forms of tutorials, and the afternoon incorporates academic and recreational activities, including field trips. Additionally, when students are ready, they receive school-to-work training in the community.
All of the programming that is designed to transition the student from school to work emphasizes preparation for productive employment after graduation. To make this employment as successful and fulfilling as possible, we help the student explore his or her interests and then build upon natural talents in choosing possible career paths. As students mature, we encourage them to gradually become more self-reliant. Our Transition Services staff aids in this process by giving the students just the right amount of independence and interaction with the wider community, while still providing the supports necessary for the students to feel secure and confident.
Our School-to-Work Program offers students the opportunity to participate in true-to-life jobs within the school setting. The end goal of the program is to develop the students’ employment skills and social skills in order to maximize their potential for success in the real world. As such, students seek to obtain jobs by first filling out an application and interviewing for the position they are interested in, as they would in real life. Once the student obtains a suitable position at school, they are held accountable for their attendance and performance, so we work with them on such aspects of employment as punctuality, responsibility, and working independently. Many of the jobs the students procure involve our student-run, on-the-premises retail business. Students participating in the School-to-Work Program are trained to operate many of the state-of the-art machines that make customized products for sale through this retail business.
The High Road School affords students the opportunity to take their learning outside of the classroom and transfer it into the community. We work with our students to practice the proficiencies they have mastered in the School-to-Work Program, and then, when a student is ready, a job coach accompanies them to volunteer or paid job sites out in the community. We partner with a wide array of local-area businesses (including restaurants, hospitals, preschools, and retail shops) to expose the students to real-life work experience and social interactions. In this way, students can explore numerous career avenues and gain valuable work experience to list on their résumés.