The Highlands School

  • The Highlands School serves 55 students in grades 2-12 and is a member of the AIMSMDDC (Assoc.
  • of independent Maryland and DC Schools). The student:teacher of The Highlands School is 2:1 and the school's religious affiliation is Nonsectarian.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 2-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students55 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade The Highlands School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio2:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$26,500
Tuition NotesPlease contact school.
Admissions DirectorSuzanne Lippa


Total Sports Offered1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chorus, Drama Club, Pep Squad, Robotics, Running Club, Service Club, Sound Audio Broadcasting Team, Sports Mix Club

School Notes

  • Welcome!
  • Thank you for your interest in The Highlands School. Highlands is a private, independent, AIMS accredited, K-12 program designed for students with dyslexia, ADHD, and language-based learning differences. We have been changing lives since the school first opened its doors in 1996. In 2007, we moved to our current state-of-the-art facility which is located on a beautiful 18-acre campus in Bel Air, Maryland that was once home to the Preakness-winning racehorse Deputed Testamony.
  • I invite you to spend some time exploring our website. I am confident that you will find Highlands to be a vibrant school community. During the school year, we have a full academic program which provides our lower and middle school students with a complete classroom experience as well as small group instruction. We are very excited to have added an Upper School and we look forward to the first Highlands graduating class in 2018!
  • In addition to classroom and small group instruction, options for on-site tutoring is available. There are many opportunities for experiential learning including our Hands-On-Highlands Program which is a groundbreaking K-12th-grade curriculum that engages students in a multi-disciplinary technical education. During the summer Highlands continues to bustle with activities like our Mind Jump Summer Program and Back to School Boot Camp. Outside of the classroom students have the opportunity to become involved in activities such as our Musical, Chorus, Robotics, Science Projects, Pep Squad, Arts in the Afternoon, field trips, and much more!
  • At Highlands we challenge our students utilizing research-based teaching methods that work. Students receive individualized instruction and are taught using multiple modalities in a safe, caring, and supportive environment. Our goal is to unlock our students` potential; thus, giving them the confidence they need to pursue their dreams and passions. In the school`s 20+ year history, our dedicated and talented faculty members have helped over 1,600 students by empowering them with the tools they needed for personal and academic success.
  • "Discover Yourself. Achieve Success. Inspire the World." There is no better way to understand the "Highlands Way" than to experience it. Come join us for a visit to see what The Highlands School is all about!
  • Phil Piercy, Ph.D.
  • Chief Academic Officer / Principal
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Bel Air
    The Arrow Center For Education-fair Meadows
    Special Education School (Christian)
    Grades: 6-12 | 35 students
    0.1 miles
    2416 Creswell Rd
    Bel Air, MD 21015
    (410) 734-0560
    0.1 6-12
  • Darlington
    Grades: K-12 | 313 students
    11 miles
    1736 Whiteford Road
    Darlington, MD 21034
    (410) 457-5103
    11 K-12
  • Bel Air
    Grades: PK-8 | 297 students
    5.6 miles
    715 Moores Mill Rd
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    (410) 838-4848
    5.6 PK-8
  • Bel Air
    John Carroll School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 649 students
    4.7 miles
    703 E Churchville Rd
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    (410) 879-2480
    4.7 9-12
  • Hunt Valley
    Forbush School At Hunt Valley
    Special Education School
    Grades: 3-12 | 68 students
    20.8 miles
    11201 Pepper Rd
    Hunt Valley, MD 21031
    (410) 527-9505
    20.8 3-12

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