The Frost School
4915 Aspen Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20853
Phone: (301) 933-3451
Fax: (301) 933-0350
Contact: Dr. Charles K. Maust
Joined NAPSEC: 1987
The Frost School is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education as a Type I, full-day, non-public, separate special education school, which serves children and adolescents with emotional disturbance and autism. The Frost School serves male and female students in grades kindergarten through twelve who are between 5 and 21 years of age. Students are referred to the Frost School by public school systems in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The Frost School serves children and adolescents in grades kindergarten through twelve with emotional disturbance and autism. Our school is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment to all of our students. Parents and families take an active part in the learning and growth of their children. Students learn to separate emotional and behavioral challenges from educational ones, and are provided with a time and place, other than the classroom, to deal with personal problems. Our class sizes are small and our classrooms are structured. We individualize class work to meet the educational needs of all of our students.
The Therapeutic Community Program serves elementary, middle, and high school students utilizing a therapeutic community/group model. The model incorporates special education and group counseling, individualized academic and therapeutic support, family counseling, and psychiatric services. Students are taught communication skills, personal accountability, problem solving, conflict resolution, band relationship building skills through the daily group counseling sessions and community meetings. This program works primarily with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, speech and language impairments, mild intellectual disabilities, or attention deficit disorders whose problem solving, social skills, and communication skills impede their ability to access the general education curriculum.
The Lodge Program also works with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This model utilizes individual counseling techniques, family counseling, and group counseling once a week. Both programs offer small classes, related services, vocational training and internship opportunities, and transition services for students starting middle and high school.
We have expanded our elementary school program to offer students a classroom model that includes a combination of behavioral and therapeutic approaches in additional to specialized academic instruction. The model provides students with a structured and predictable learning environment utilizing positive behavior supports, visual schedules, child directed and play based therapy, integrated sensory motor activities and techniques, introduction to individual and group counseling as appropriate in addition to other related services.
The Oakmont Secondary School offers a unique program for students with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger's Syndrome in middle and high school who are on a diploma track. Students are integrated with all other middle and high school students from the other Frost School programs for classes and social opportunities. Content area courses are taught by certified and experienced special education teachers with the support of trained educational assistants. Students in the Oakmont Secondary Program are self contained for social skills training, resource support, and related services. Individualized behavioral programs are developed by a team that includes a behavioral psychologist, behavior specialists and special educators and all students are placed on a motivational system incorporating high levels of positive reinforcement.
The Oakmont Primary Program serves students ages 5-15 with autism spectrum disorders and other related disorders. Students are taught in highly structured self contained classrooms utilizing a variety of strategies including: discrete trail, direct instruction, play-based instruction, motor skill development, sensory integration strategies, natural aided language stimulation, community based instruction, and positive behavioral support. Individualized behavior and academic plans are formulated by a team of certified teachers, licensed psychologists, behavioral support staff, licensed speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and educational assistants and 1:1 assistants.
Related Services: Individual, Group, Family Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Services, Academic Remediation, Psychiatry, School Nursing.
Enrollment - Coed
Age Range Served - 5-21
Age at Admission - 5 years and up
I.Q. Range Served - 50-140
Program - Day
Staff/Pupil Ratio - 1:2
Length of Program - 217 days
Enrollment - 110
The Frost School accepts male and female students in grades kindergarten through twelve, ages five through twenty-one, who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which lists emotional and behavioral disorders (06) or autism spectrum disorders (14) as the primary disabling condition. The Frost School will also accept students diagnosed with other disabilities, as long as long as it is determined that the student could benefit from the Frost School programs.
Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
The potential students should be aware of their own difficulties and state a willingness to work on these issues and change the behaviors. Student must be willing to answer questions and show cooperation with the admission process. The Frost School will not accept students that state an unwillingness to attend and follow the rules of the Frost School or are belligerent, verbally abusive, or physically aggressive during their admission interview.
The Frost School will not accept any student who wants to continue to use illicit drugs or alcohol. Students must be willing and able to control their behavior enough not to be physically threatening or violent.
Students must be living with a parent, state approved guardian, be a ward of the state or live with a guardian approved by the parent. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the staff, if the student is 18 years of age or older. Students must also be able to prove residency in the funding school system, unless other arrangements have been worked out with that school system.
If a student has a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse, the student must be enrolled in an approved rehabilitation treatment program (outside of the Frost School), and agree to continue the treatment for as long as the Frost School staff deems necessary, or until the student is no longer placed at the Frost School.
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Prospective students must have a documented primary diagnosis of Autism or other Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) as evidenced by a DSM-IV diagnosis. AND/OR must exhibit behavioral characteristics of autism (e.g., stereotypical behaviors, self-stimulatory behaviors, intensive communication needs, repetitive behaviors and obsessions, abnormal sensory orientations to environmental stimuli). At the time of admission the student must not be able to function in a less restrictive environment and must possess the cognitive, physical, and emotional capacity to participate and benefit from the school curriculum. The student must be eligible for a government-funded placement. The family of the student must be willing and accessible to participate in the pre-admission interview along with participating in eventual treatment and discharge planning. Exceptions to any of the above criteria are subject to the approval of the Principal.
The school will not be able to serve students whose behaviors are so severe that the school staff does not feel they can keep him/her safe from harming him/herself or others.
Maryland State Department of Education, District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Special Education.