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 of traditional classroom settings. We aim to teach all 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 non-public 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 grades 6 -12. We also provide special education services to students with secondary disabilities such as specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, and/or other health impairments. 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 state certified teachers, state 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 teaching them to develop the tools to achieve their academic, social emotional, and behavioral potential for growth. Our team believes that traditional strategies can be effective, and go above and beyond to assist students and families to navigate through their endeavors to meet with success. The ultimate goal is to assist our students with transitioning to a less restrictive school setting and/or successfully transition into their post high school endeavors.
The Baltimore Academy is a 12-month instructional program which allows for continuity of learning, services, and credit recovery. 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 ratio of 2 to 5. The small classroom sizes are designed to decrease distractions for students, maximize one-to-one interaction with teachers, and provide a setting for a comfortable and stress free
learning experience. The Baltimore Academy uses state of the art technology and teaching strategies in the classrooms to assist students and allow them to engage at an instructional level that fits their needs.
We provide educational services based on the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MCCRS). 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 (Edgenuity) 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 their Individualized Education Program. We also have a consulting psychiatry team available for evaluations, medication review/management, and psychological testing.
Our school Social Workers work directly with students to implement the goals and objectives of each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Clinical social workers provide our specialized counseling services as needed for social and emotional development. Services may include; anger management, peer mediation, conflict resolution,
crisis intervention, and family counseling.
Speech & Language Services
Our Speech Pathologist provides speech and language services to students in a variety of therapeutic settings including small groups, and individual sessions. We use the latest techniques and technologies to provide treatment and evaluation techniques to assist our students in maximizing their educational goals.
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 Nursing Staff.
The Baltimore Academy has a Behavior Management Team that provides crisis intervention and behavioral support services to all students. Our Behavior Specialists and all staff, 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 Individual Behavioral Goal,” they earn additional responsibilities, privileges, and incentives. Upon reaching the programs’ highest level (level 5), students may be considered for return to a less restrictive setting. 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 communities based work-site visits are; supervised, well organized, and offer students opportunities to earn service learning hours.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Record requests should be sent to email@example.com
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.