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.  


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. 

Head of School

Our Mission

We instill hope and confidence in our students by fostering a positive and nurturing environment. We focus on teaching our students methods to help them realize their strengths, overcome frustrations, and achieve academic and social success. 


Our program is not well-suited for students who have a primary diagnosis of Autism, or an emotional/behavioral disorder. We would be glad to recommend alternatives.

Our Philosophy

We believe that each child has a unique learning style. Children of average or above average intelligence displaying skill deficits are capable of learning commensurate with their ability if provided appropriate teaching methods and techniques. Small group instruction in math and the language arts enables students to work at their own pace toward skill mastery.


Contact Us

2409 Creswell Road

Bel Air, MD 21015

PH: 410.836.1415

FAX: 443.412.1098

The Highlands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.