All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are currently closed and providing distance learning for students participating in summer school/ESY programming. Our headquarters and conference center are currently closed. Our staff is working remotely and maintaining regular operating hours. Read More

All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are currently closed and providing distance learning for students participating in summer school/ESY programming. Our headquarters and conference center are currently closed. Our staff is working remotely and maintaining regular operating hours. Read More

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The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore

Experience The Children’s Guild Difference

About Our School

The Children’s Guild School Baltimore is a non-public, co-educational special education day school approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, for boys and girls 5-21 years old, who have emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and multiple disabilities. The enrollment capacity for the school is 80 students.

The Children’s Guild School Baltimore is part of The Children’s Guild Alliance, founded in 1953, is accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services, is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education as a nonpublic school serving children with emotional disabilities, intellectual limitation, and multiple disabilities, and is licensed by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene as an out-patient mental health clinic. The Children’s Guild Alliance is an affiliated agency of the United Way of Central Maryland, the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) and The District of Columbia Association for Special Education (DCASE).

All student instruction is directed by an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  All professional staff are certified and/or licensed.  The school calendar and schedule are provided to the parent/guardian and the local school system(s) (LSS) at intake and at the beginning of the school year.  Any revisions to the calendar and schedules are distributed to the parent/guardian and the LSS as necessary during the school year.

Students We Serve

We believe that parents are the child’s first and most important teacher and that children whose parents are involved in their educational program are the most successful academically. Therefore, we encourage and support each family’s attempt to be involved in the academic life of their child.

Our school provides services to children who have been identified with an emotional or behavioral disability and/or autism. Students must be referred by their local school district Nonpublic Placement office/team through the IEP process. Some of the challenges that our students present:

  • Inability to learn which may or may not be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors
  • A developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction
  • Engaging in repetitive activities and stereotyped movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences
  • Inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers
  • Inability to cope with emotions and feelings under normal circumstances, which could present as disruptive and/or unsafe behaviors
  • General pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression
  • Tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems; and/or aggressive, harmful behaviors

Children may also have secondary problems such as:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Health impairments
  • Attention deficit disorder 
  • Speech and language disabilities

The Children’s Guild’s Philosophy of Education

Our basic approach to education is that children “do as we do, not as we say.” Therefore, we place a great emphasis on using our school to model what we would like children to learn.

One thing we would like children to learn is that there is a connectedness to life and a systemic nature to many of the problems one seeks to solve. We model this through integrating instructional material in an experiential way to help students see connections across subjects and relate what they learn to their lives.

The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore emphasizes living life in a responsible way and serving a cause larger than oneself. Thus, students are strongly encouraged to contribute to their family, classroom, school, and community.

The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore uses an organizational philosophy called Transformation Education which fosters flexibility in the way the school operates, is managed, and the way the faculty think and act. This assures each child is treated as an individuals rather than forced to adapt to the organization’s program.

Transformation Education has a strong character education component. The values that pervade our school culture emphasize living responsibly and serving causes larger than one’s self. Students are strongly encouraged to contribute to their families, classrooms, schools and communities.

The result is that academic test scores go up, children spend more time actively learning, discipline problems are significantly reduced and time out of public school is shortened. Most importantly, our children discover a newfound self-confidence and a sense of hope for the future.

School Details

Program Goals

The program is designed to meet the students IEP goals and to help them return to a less restrictive environment in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. We are committed to educating children in such a way that they:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Acquire a core knowledge base
  • Become motivated learners
  • Feel a sense of well-being
  • Live responsibly and are prepared to return to a less intensive setting
Education and Curriculum

Our programs follow the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards, in addition to the local school districts’ curriculum and the District of Columbia Learning Outcomes as appropriate. The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore enrolls students ages 5-21 in grades K-12. Students aged 10-13 who are enrolled in a non-graded Academic/ Functional Program, participate in the state assessment program according to the requirements of the student’s state/district. Students enrolled in this program are working toward a Maryland or District of Columbia High School Certificate of Program Completion. Students ages 14-21 who are enrolled in the School to Work and Structured program are also working towards a Maryland or District of Columbia High School Certificate of Program Completion. Students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in the High School Program participate in the state assessment program according to the requirements of the student’s state/district, and are working toward a Maryland or District of Columbia high school diploma.

The educational program is aligned with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and District of Columbia standards. The curriculum offerings include the core subjects – English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students enrolled in the high school diploma track program will complete approved credit bound courses by their respective district/state. The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore has enhanced this curriculum by employing an integrated curriculum through the use of project-based learning and brain-based teaching strategies. Other components of the curriculum are:

  • Physical education
  • Art
  • Positive behavior intervention support
  • Restorative practices for conflict resolution
  • Social skills
  • Zones of regulation

Clinical and Related Services:

  • Mood and depressive disorders
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Learning disabilities
  • Loss and attachment disorders 
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Verbally aggressive behavior

Additional Services:

  • Extended School Year (ESY) services
  • Transportation is available through the local education agency
  • Free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch (if eligible)
School Facilities and Technology

The school is located in the former St. Rose of Lima School building on Jeffrey Street in Baltimore City.  The building is equipped with 15 classrooms, 19 offices, 10 bathrooms, 3 multi-sensory de-escalation rooms, therapy rooms, and a conference room. There are also additional spaces for offices, meeting areas, and additional classrooms as needed.

Our school is equipped with desktops, ChromeBooks, and iPads for each student’s use and a SMART Board® in each classroom to foster students’ engagement and learning interests. The SMART Board® facilitates learning by engaging the students, supporting differentiated instruction, and enhancing student access to the curriculum. The educational software we provide for students makes it possible for students to learn at their own rate.

Non-graded Program for Students Aged 10-21

Students ages 10-13 that are in the non-graded Academic/Functional Program:

  • Work toward a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion
  • Participate in the State Assessments according to Maryland or District of Columbia mandates, for their grade.

The focus for students ages 14-21 enrolled in the Career Readiness Program is to:

  • Provide opportunities for career exploration
  • Motivate learning through demonstration of academic skills in the workplace
  • Build work habits, i.e., punctuality, reliability, responsibility, relating well to others, adaptability, following directions, perseverance, and initiative
  • Learn more about our School to Work program 
Extended School Year Program (ESY)

The Children’s Guild School of Baltimore operates an Extended School Year during the summer for eligible students. The program operates under the same organizational structure as the regular educational program.

Goals:

  • To prevent the regression of critical life skills (a critical life skill is any skill, behavioral, academic, social or other, determined by the IEP team to be critical to the student’s overall educational progress)
  • To maintain progress towards IEP goals on critical life skill
  • To ensure that the student benefits from his/her regular educational program by continuing IEP objectives on critical life skills
  • To address individualized goals and objectives identified by the IEP team

ESY Eligibility:

The Extended School Year Program (ESY) is open to all students currently enrolled at The Children’s Guild School of Prince George’s County, or those who may be admitted to the program and who have been determined to be eligible for ESY services, through the IEP Process. ESY eligibility and services are determined at the student’s annual IEP review meeting. 

ESY Curriculum:

The ESY curriculum is consistent with the curriculum used in the regular school year program.  The program includes social skills, English language arts, math, social studies, science, cultural arts, physical education, and technology.  These skills are taught primarily through an experiential, project-based learning approach.

ESY Related Services:

Individual and group therapy, speech/language therapy, occupational and physical therapy, crisis intervention, psychiatric, and school nursing services plus case management and medication management are all available in the ESY program.

ESY Physical Facilities:

The ESY program is held in the school building and uses the same facilities as the regular school year program. 

Additional ESY Services:

  • Free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch (if eligible)
  • Transportation is available through the local education agency