The Homewood Center in Ellicott City houses programs to meet the needs of individual students experiencing crisis or who have difficulty functioning in traditional classroom settings.
The private Linwood Center in Ellicott City, a pioneer in educating autistic children, offers both day and residential programs. The independent Norbel School in Elkridge enrolls children with language-based difficulties, learning disabilities or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Howard County is home to several private schools.
Bethel Christian Academy, in Savage, enrolls children in pre-K through eighth grade on two campuses.
Glenelg Country School is an independent college preparatory day school on an 87-acre campus in western Howard County. The school enrolls about 800 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Also situated in western Howard County is Chapelgate Christian Academy, a school founded by the Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in 1991. It enrolls more than 450 students in grades six-12.
The Columbia Jewish Community School was founded in 1971. It offers classes on Sundays and Thursdays that instruct children in pre-kindergarten through seventh grade in Hebrew reading and prayer, and classes for teens that incorporate teaching of Torah with Jewish perspectives on current issues.
Temple Isaiah, in Fulton, and the Beth Shalom Congregation, in Columbia, also operate Jewish education programs.
In Ellicott City, the Sisters ofNotre Dame¿¿¿ de Namur sponsor Trinity School, an independent Catholic school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Nearby is Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, also serving kindergarten through eighth grade.
St. Augustine School in Elkridge, a Roman Catholic parochial school that celebrated its 150th year in 2007, enrolls children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
The Young School, in Columbia, offers private schooling for infants and toddlers through kindergarten.
There are many opportunities for adults to pursue lifelong learning at Howard Community College¿ and county branches of regional and national schools and universities.
> Howard Community College offers two-year degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences, business and humanities, with a special emphasis on health-related fields such as nursing and cardiovascular technology.
> HCC’s Business Training Center, located in Columbia Gateway, offers training in management, computers and advanced technology. The college also offers noncredit courses in such areas as travel, foreign languages, arts and crafts and real estate principles, as well as classes for school-age children.
> Johns Hopkins University¿ operates a Columbia center with upper division and graduate programs in education, administration, arts and sciences, and organization and human resource development. Located in Columbia Gateway, the center also has noncredit courses, computer laboratories and intercampus library facilities.
> Loyola College’s Columbia campus, offers master’s degrees in education, business, and speech and hearing. Loyola has a highly touted pastoral counseling program and conducts noncredit seminars devoted to professional review. The Business Center in Owen Brown serves as headquarters for Loyola’s Center for Family, Work and Education.
> Lincoln Technical Institute’s Columbia branch offers courses in automotive technology, heating and ventilation and culinary arts.
> The University of Phoenix has a Columbia branch that offers programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, business management, information technology, human resources and e-business.
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