EMPOWERING STUDENTS. CREATING POSSIBILITIES
A Unique Learning Experience
THE BALTIMORE ACADEMY
At The Baltimore Academy, we believe students who receive the appropriate help and support can develop the skills necessary to keep pace with traditional classroom settings. We aim to teach all of our students how to leverage their strengths in areas that may be difficult, and how to search for the tools that they need in order to succeed.
The Baltimore Academy is a Maryland State Department of Education Approved, 12-month private-separate day school program, serving eligible students from several school systems in the state of Maryland with emotional disabilities. We enroll students ages 11-21 in grade spans 6 -12. We also provide special education services to students with secondary conditions such as specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, and/or other health impairment. We provide a wide range of instructional and related services in a highly structured learning environment, where we integrate academics, career exploration, behavior management, related services and various incentives and activities.
At The Baltimore Academy, we believe every child should have the opportunity to be great. Our diverse and talented team includes certified teachers, licensed clinicians, a psychiatry team, certified nursing staff, a behavioral support team, and our school administrative team. Together, we passionately work to develop strong and healthy relationships with students, while helping them to develop the tools to realize there academic, social emotional, and behavioral potential for growth. Our team believes that traditional strategies can be effective, but are willing to go above and beyond to assist students and families as navigate through their endeavors to meet with success. The ultimate goal is to assist our students who have an interest with transitioning to a less restrictive school setting and/or ultimately successfully transition into their post graduation endeavors.
The Baltimore Academy has a 12 month instructional program schedule to allow for continuity of structure, services, as well as the chance to recover credits that may not have been achieve in the past. There are a total of 220 school days within the academic year, which accounts for 1320 hours of instruction. The Baltimore Academy’s school calendar is overall consistent with Baltimore County Public School System’s academic calendar, with slight deviations. While our intention is for school to remain open on days when the weather is inclement, please check our website or call the school office at (410) 233-8404 Ext. 167 for updates on possible delays or closures.
The Baltimore Academy is a small school program, with a total enrollment of 25 students. We have very small class sizes, with a staff to student ration of 2 to 5. The small classroom sizes are designed to decrease distractions for the students, maximize 1-on-1 interaction with teachers, and provide a setting for a comfortable and stress free learning experience. The Baltimore Academy uses state of the art technology in the classrooms to assist students and allow them to engage at an instructional level that fits their needs.
Courses are offered in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Health, Spanish, Technology-Education, Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Career Research and Development. The Baltimore Academy also has an Electronic Learning Program (Ingenuity) for additional instructional support for students, as well as credit recovery.
The Baltimore Academy is staffed with clinicians who are licensed by the State of Maryland. Each student enrolled is assigned the appropriate clinicians who work with them in accordance with the related services listed in the Individualized Education Program. We also have consulting psychiatry team available for evaluations, medication review/management, and psychological testing.
The Baltimore Academy employs experienced, credentialed and tenured staff, including the Director of Education, Assistant Principal, Clinical Coordinators, Administrative Assistant, Behavior Specialists, School Test Coordinator, certified special education teachers, vocational trainers, teacher assistants, licensed social workers, Speech/Language Therapist, transportation support staff, a dietary team, and certified school nursing staff.
The Baltimore Academy has a Behavior Management Team that provides crisis intervention and behavioral support services to all students. Our Behavior Specialists are certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and participate in all educational and treatment planning for continuity of care. Our Behavior management team works closely with teachers and clinicians to provide behavior intervention support, and to develop plans to address behaviors that negatively impact students. Students carry a Daily Point Sheet that is issued to them every day to monitor and measure progress and performance.
As students accumulate points in the areas of “Safety, Ownership, Achievement, Respect, and Behavioral Goal,” they earn additional responsibilities, privileges, and incentives. Upon reaching the programs’ highest level
(level 5), students may be considered for return to public school. This would be a decision that is made collectively by the IEP team.
Vocational & Career Training
The Baltimore Academy, in partnership with Melanie Hood-
Wilson and Associates has developed a Career Research and Development Program that provides employment preparation instruction to our students. The purpose of this program is to assist students with exploring and gaining exposure to job/career opportunities that are of interest
and realistic to their capabilities.
This program has a community based component that allows students to have weekly visits to various worksites, interaction with various employers, guest speakers, and hands-on experience through simulated work activities in various fields and industries. The community based work-site visits are supervised and well organized.
All referrals for students to be enrolled at The Baltimore Academy are received from the various
Local School Systems (LSS) that we are in partnership with. Students’ histories are reviewed by
the LSS and referred to The Baltimore Academy if we appear to be an ideal placement for
meeting the students’ needs. Criteria for placement are as follows:
Residency – State of Maryland
Age – Eleven (11) to twenty-one (21)
Grades – Six (6) through twelve (12)
Willing on the part of the student to enroll in the program
The student’s IEP can be successfully implemented
For more information on admissions please contact Mundrae White, Director of education:
The Baltimore Academy, a member of Maryland Treatment Centers, Inc. believes that every student should have a chance to be GREAT! We strive to maintain a diverse and dynamic team to educate, nurture, and provide genuine support to students and their families. Under the proprietorship of Maryland Centers and the founder of the school Hancel Ed Ball, The Baltimore Academy has been in the business of working with children and families for more than 20 years. Our recipe for success has been demonstrating genuine care and support while developing strong relationships with student and their families in order to help them succeed.
Joining The Baltimore Academy means that you will become part of a school and historical
corporation that provides opportunities for growth and development, as well as the chance to
help our leaders of tomorrow develop and grow. Our employees are passionate, caring, and
family oriented professionals who appreciate the opportunities given to make a difference in the
lives of children and families.
If you share our mission and want to make a difference in your community, we hope you’ll consider becoming part of our team.