Overview of the Lower School

Highlands serves even the youngest of children that have experienced frustration in school because of dyslexia, ADHD, and language-based learning differences. We specialize in equipping these young learners with strategies that lead to success and most importantly allow them to regain their confidence. Early detection and intervention are vital. The sooner you can begin a new direction in your child’s education, the more success he/she will have.


We believe every mind is unique and therefore each child has a unique learning style.


At Highlands, your child will learn life-changing skills that will empower them to become who they are meant to be.

"Highlands has helped our daughter by teaching her in ways she learns best. They look to understand what works for her and uses those strengths to bring out her best self. They work on social aspects along with academics making for a well-rounded learning experience."
Lisa, Lower School Parent

1st Grade - 5th Grade

The Highlands School Intensive Program is a full academic program with a maximum class size of 12 students with a teacher and an assistant. This individualized program instills hope and confidence in students who struggle to learn through traditional methods and allows students to realize their own individual potential. 


The intensity of this Program is maximized by spending half of the day in a small group setting. The groups are comprised of 2-4 students per instructor, with individualized instruction based on a continuum of skills.


The following subjects are spent in the small group setting:


  • Math - individualized instruction

  • Phonics - taught in a structured, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory manner which includes the phonemic structure of the English language spelling, fluency, and handwriting

  • Comprehension - taught in a manner which includes reading and vocabulary development

  • Grammar and Written Expression - taught in Language Arts classes using a structured sequential, systematic procedure


The other half of the day is spent with their entire class and includes the following classes:


  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Mind That's Mine / Executive Function / Mindfulness

  • Social Confidence

  • Special Area Classes with Physical Education, Art, and Music

2019-2020 Tuition for First - Fifth Grade


Speech and occupational therapy included on an as-needed basis.


*Additional fees for field trips, after school activities and homework program are billing monthly. 

To request more information about these programs, click here.

Contact the Admissions Office

Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 4 p.m.




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.