The Highlands School

The Highlands School serves 55 students in grades 2-12is 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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 2-12
  • Students: 55 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $26,500
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 2-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
55 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
The Highlands School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Please contact school.
Admissions Director
Suzanne Lippa


Total Sports Offered
1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
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

School Reviews

Endorse The Highlands School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

5 Reasons Why You Might Change Schools
5 Reasons Why You Might Change Schools
Here are five reasons why you might want to change schools.
2020-21 Best SSAT Prep Courses Reviewed
2020-21 Best SSAT Prep Courses Reviewed
The SSAT’s questions are different than questions on other standardized tests. Make sure you learn about the best SSAT test prep programs out there.
What A Teacher Does
What A Teacher Does
A teacher wears many hats. Here's a look at her duties and responsibilities.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 2-12
  • Students: 55 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $26,500
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Harford County, MD is $12,230 for elementary schools and $13,726 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

Quick Links