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Central High School

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The School Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute has been named a 2012 Leadership and Innovation in Special Education Awardee by the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC).


Program Overview:

The Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains a Type II partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) that offers a unique special education and related service program for eligible high school students seeking a Maryland high school diploma. The program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Located at Central High School (CHS) in Prince George’s County, this Type II Educational Program offers special education and related services to secondary school students in grades 9 – 12 (ages 14 through the end of the school year in which they turn 21 years of age). The Program is designed for students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders and may require additional supports to be successful in the general education curriculum and comprehensive high school program. These students often have excellent academic potential but may lack the appropriate social and cognitive skills to be successful in the regular class setting. The pace of instruction is modified to allow for a longer period of time to fully matriculate.

A Universal Design for Learning approach is used to provide multiple methods of instruction and demonstration of mastery. Social skills and social thinking skills are infused into the instructional program throughout the day. Although the program operates in space provided in the school and retains its identity as Kennedy Krieger Institute, students have the flexibility of being integrated into the general curriculum offerings of CHS as they are able to handle the rigor of each subject. The students in the program are included in all aspects of student life at CHS and attend physical education, music, art, and vocational education programs with the CHS students. All resources of the school, such as the library and cafeteria, are available to students in this program. 

Students are referred to the program by the IEP team of PGCPS. The program is only available to students who are residents of Prince George’s County.
The Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains a Type II partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) that offers a unique special education and related service program for eligible high school students seeking a Maryland high school diploma. The program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Instruction and Assessment of Progress:

Instruction in grade level curriculum is supported by goals and objectives on students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and is aligned with Maryland State Department of Education’s Core Learning Goals and PGCPS Curriculum. Class size is small, with instructional and behavioral support from teachers, a speech/language pathologist, a behavior specialist and a social worker. Technology for instruction is also provided in order to advance and promote effective learning.

Students who receive instruction through Kennedy Krieger at Central High School also receive instruction in general education content and elective classes. All students participate in state-wide and district-wide assessments with accommodations, as needed and dictated by their IEPs. Additionally, formal and informal benchmark assessments are used to determine progress in curricular and IEP goals. This progress is reported on the quarterly report cards shared with students and their families.

Positive Behavior Intervention:

Students are provided a high level of behavioral support when transitioning to and from and participating in all class activities. A behavior specialist will oversee all aspects of both school and classwide behavior interventions as well as student-specific behavior intervention plans. All Kennedy Krieger school staff members are trained in positive behavioral interventions.

Student Life:

Students may participate in all CHS extra-curricular activities as appropriate.

Students are included in opportunities for school activities such as prom, homecoming, student government, after school clubs, and competitions.

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Administrative Contact

Dr. Hill
Public School Partnership Program
Phone: (443) 923-7781

Disabilities Served

Autism
Emotional Disorders
Specific Learning Disabilities
Other Health Impairments

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