The Highlands School, an independent school for students with language-based learning differences in Harford County, announced that it will enhance and expand its K-8 program, and phase out its upper school over the next two years.
The decision to expand its programming to serve an additional 30-50 students was to made to meet the increasing need for its services, according to a news release. The Highlands School will focus on improving its programming and learning techniques like small group instruction, school officials said.
“The decision to expand our K-8 program and phase out the upper school was made with The Highlands School’s long-term success in mind,” Head of School Seth Linfield said. “Nearly all our students are ready to succeed in a range of high schools after enrollment in our program. We are currently serving 70 out of many thousands of students in Harford County who have dyslexia or other language-based learning differences, so we have much room to grow..”
The Highlands School will expand its guidance resources to match students with competitive high schools while Highlands faculty will coach the lower and middle school students throughout the application process with personalized high school recommendations, the school said.
The Highlands School will host two more high school graduation ceremonies and starting this year, will host 8th grade graduation ceremonies.
“Enhancing our K-8 program allows us to improve upon our strengths to sustain us for decades to come,” Board President Scott Evensen said. “The change was carefully considered, and we are working with families every step of the way through the transition. We look forward to celebrating and honoring our graduating classes while welcoming new students to our school.”
The Highlands School is an AIMS-accredited, EF Smart School in Bel Air that specializes in educating students in grades K-8 with dyslexia, ADHD and language-based learning differences.
“A school serves its community best when it keeps its mission at the forefront and focuses its energies on its core capabilities. In making an important strategic decision about its future direction, The Highlands School aligns with this principle,” Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) Executive Director Peter Baily said. “As it continues to educate students in grades K-8 with reading-based learning differences, it will prepare its graduates to thrive within the varied opportunities that high schools within our AIMS network provide.”