Overview of the Middle School

Middle School alone can be a difficult time for many students, but it can be even more frustrating when a student has dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences. We specialize in equipping these students with strategies that help them realize their strengths, overcome frustrations, and achieve academic and social success. We believe that every mind is unique and our academic programs are individualized to meet each student's needs.

"My teachers have helped me to understand how I learn best. I now have more confidence and can take on any new challenge. Highlands has helped me create a better future for myself."
Brooks, HMS Student

6th Grade - 8th Grade

The Middle School 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 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 of only 2-4 students per instructor featuring 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 a 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 including Physical Education, Art, and Music


2019-2020 Tuition for Sixth - Eighth 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.