Wye River Upper School

  • Wye River Upper School is a non-profit, college preparatory, independent high school for grades 9-12 located in Centreville, MD. We serve bright students, bound for college and post secondary education, with ADHD, dyslexia and other unique learning styles.
  • Our Philosophy is shaped by our guiding belief in the power of each students' unique talents, skills, interests and goals.
  • Our students benefit from structure, low student/teacher ratios, an inclusive social environment, targeted academic support, the right level of challenge to prepare them for college and life after high school.
  • Our students are from nine Maryland counties, including Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Howard, Baltimore, Kent, Queen Anne's,Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester.
  • We offer a daily shuttle bus service between our campus and various counties in Maryland.
  • "Wye River has made all the difference in his life. He is now feeling good about himself and is planning on going to college. I am more impressed by your teachers every time I see them. They are inventive, creative and full of energy! Their love of learning is infectious." WRUS Parent.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADHD, dyslexia, Asperger
Year Founded2002

Student Body

Total Students52 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade Wye River Upper School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants, collared shirt of any color, belt, polishable shoes, gender neutral)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$28,000
Tuition NotesWRUS offers financial aid to qualified applicants and flexible payment options.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKatie Theeke
Admissions Associatekatietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Martial Arts, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Martial ArtsSoccer,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Martial Arts

Club or Organization:
College Advisory Program, Drama Program

Arts and Music Programs:
ceramics, Chorus, Dance Classes, Music Program, Painting, Performing Arts- Music and Drama, Sculpture

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Wye River Upper School is a non-profit, college preparatory, independent high school for grades 9-12 located in Centreville, MD. We support students with learning differences, including ADD / ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences. Our supportive and inclusive environment has helped students to suceed and grow in confidence especially those struggling with anxiety. We offer: low student/teacher ratios, targeted academic support, morning exercise for all students, interscholastic sports, music and fine arts and guidance for college and career planning. Transportation is provided to a variety of stops in several Maryland counties. Wye River is a rolling admissions program and applications are accepted year-round.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Centreville
    Grades: 9-12 | 212 students
    5.7 miles
    911 Gunston Rd
    Centreville, MD 21617
    5.7 9-12
  • Millersville
    Forbush School At Anne Arundel The
    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-11 | 7 students
    30.6 miles
    648 Old Mill Rd
    Millersville, MD 21108
    30.6 6-11
  • Annapolis
    The Harbour School At Annapolis
    Special Education School
    Grades: 3-12 | 170 students
    20.9 miles
    1277 Green Holly Drive
    Annapolis, MD 21409
    20.9 3-12
  • Baltimore
    The Baltimore Academy
    Special Education School
    Grades: 9-12 | 16 students
    36.7 miles
    3800 Frederick Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21229
    36.7 9-12
  • Crownsville
    Grades: NS-12 | 570 students
    29 miles
    680 Evergreen Road/1130 Anne Chambers Way
    Crownsville, MD 21032
    29 NS-12

School Reviews

  4.80 out of 5  (5 reviews)
WRUS has been a wonderful match for our daughter. The large, public school she started at for high school was failing her. The teachers couldn't give her the attention she needed, and when she started falling behind the administration was not helpful. We found WRUS and have been very happy. The staff and faculty are very caring and communicate with us. The small setting and teacher:student ratio means she doesn't fall behind. It's a supportive environment.
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This is an amazing school! The professors teach to the individual talent of each student. The environment is truly stunning and very secure. Our daughter is thriving in large part to the Wye River Upper School. I recommend you visit this incredible school!
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WRUS has made a huge impact on my son's education. Before he began WRUS in 9th grade, his entire school career was very difficult. He felt like he was "stupid" because he didn't learn the same way that the rest of the students in his classes did and always seemed to be behind. Now, he is challenged, encouraged and feels confident in his abilities as a person and student.
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Great learning environment with individualized attention. Each of the teachers knows our son - his strengths and his challenges - and have found ways to keep him engaged, learning and growing as a person.
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Wonderful school with focused individualized instruction tailored to the learner's strengths. My daughter has developed amazing writing skills that will serve her well in college. This school definitely provides opportunities for experiential learning as well as traditional classroom instruction.
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The average private school tuition in Maryland is $10,476 for elementary schools and $16,497 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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