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Chapter 4-B: Education

 

Related Topics: Early Childhood and Developmental Education | Jobs and Career Counseling | Library Branches

 

Jump To Information About: College Financial Assistance | Education and Special Education | General Education Diploma ( G E D ) and High School Diploma Programs | Literacy Instruction

 

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Maryland law requires that young people remain in school until they are 16 years old. If you are out of school and wish to get your General Education Diploma ( GED )/high school equivalency, continue your education at one of the Evening/Saturday High Schools or other alternative diploma programs.

 

 

Education and Special Education

 

Baltimore County Department of Health - Behavioral Consultation Clinic
6401 York Road, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
410-887-2718
Provides diagnosis, evaluation, and follow-up of children ages 3 to 18 enrolled in public and private schools who are experiencing behavior / learning problems that interfere with academic progress. Services are available to Baltimore County residents with preference given to those who are uninsured. Referral to this program should be made through the school nurse, guidance counselor or family physician and / or psychologist.

 

Brainfuse (Opens in new window)
A free service for provided through Baltimore County Public Library

 

 

  • Send Question (opens in new window): During the hours that tutors are not available, you can submit questions and will receive a response within 24 hours.

 

  • Register for a free, confidential Log In. No personal information is needed. Create a username and password for access to several other services:

 

  • Check out the Adult Learning Center (Opens in new window). Get live one-on-one online help from trained adult education specialists to help you prepare for and pass the GED. Take practice tests (Log In needed) and review the results of those tests online with a tutor. Other helpful resources are available.

 

  • 24-Hour Writing Lab: Submit a file with your paragraph, essay, paper or resume/cover letter for review by a writing instructor. The paper is returned with comments on structure, grammar, style and content. The purpose of this service is not for the writing instructor to write or edit essays or resumes but to help you better organize and present your thoughts.

 

  • SkillSurfer: and the Adult Learners (opens in new window) areas: Get results instantly and, if you choose, share your results with one of our tutors for a targeted skills building session. Find practice tests in specific subject areas for elementary students to the adult learner, for U.S. Citizenship Test, GED, TOEFL, SAT, PSAT, and more. (Log In required). Receive instant, skill-by-skill results. Find flashcards on many subjects to study or create your own.

 

  • Flashbulb: Find flashcards on many subjects to study or create your own.

 

Baltimore County Public Schools
6901 North Charles Street
Towson, Maryland 21204
410-887-4554 (General Information)

 

  • Alternative Education Programs and Services
    410-887-2270
    Several alternative education programs provided for at-risk middle and high school students. Also serves as point of contact for home schooling, individualized instruction for an expelled student, or students restricted  for reasons of physical or emotional health, summer school or evening/Saturday High School.

 

  • Bridge Center
    1740 Twin Springs Road (Suites A to D)
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227
    410-887-6832
    A short-term intervention program serving middle and high school students in both the Northwest and Southwest areas of Baltimore County. The students recommended for placement at the Bridge Center are entering the school system from other states, school systems, or agency placements. These students are generally at-risk for academic failure for reasons such as gaps in school attendance and/or lack of current or incomplete records.

 

  • Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies
    410-887-0934
    Alternative high school serving west side students needing to improve social behaviors in order to succeed in regular comprehensive programs. The center offers academic, vocational and social/emotional experiences designed to help ages 14-21 acquire attitude, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the work world. Services include basic skills and General Education Diploma ( G E D ) instruction, vocational exploration, academic and vocational assessment, job search  and social and emotional support for disconnected out-of-school youth.

 

  • Child Find
    410-887-3017
    Identifies children and youth ages 3-21 suspected of having a disabling condition which interferes with learning. Services to the child may include screening, assessment, special education instruction, speech/language therapy, audiology services, occupational or physical therapy, psychological services and vocational education.

 

  • Crossroads Center
    11640 Crossroad Circle
    Baltimore, Maryland 21220
    410-887-2275
    An alternative program, which provides educational and social/emotional support services to students Grades 6-10 who experience challenges both academically and behaviorally.

 

  • Evening / Saturday High Schools
    410-887-2270
    For adults and high school students who wish to take or accelerate their ninth through twelfth grade courses. Program gives students expelled from day school an opportunity to modify unacceptable behavior, develop good study skills, and demonstrate a sincere willingness to return to the day school. Also, open to adults age 16 and over who are no longer in day school.

 

  • Meadowood Education Center
    410-887-6888
    Alternative middle school serving west side students needing to improve social behaviors in order to succeed in regular comprehensive programs. The center offers academic, vocational and social/emotional experiences designed to help ages 12-14 acquire attitude, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the work world. Basic skills instruction, academic and vocational assessment and social/emotional support is available for disconnected youth.

 

  • Office of Special Education
    410-887-3660
    Supports the provision of individualized education for all eligible students ages birth to 21 who require special education services. Information on Individual Education Plan ( I E P ) is available. Assists with placement of students outside the home school. This includes county cluster programs and non public placements. Most special education matters can and should be addressed first at the child's school with his/her teacher(s), I E P team chair, and/or principal.

 

  • Rosedale Center
    410-887-0133
    Alternative middle and high school serving students needing to improve academic, social and behavioral issues in order to succeed in regular comprehensive programs. The center offers academic, vocational and social/emotional experiences designed to help youth ages 12-21 to acquire attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed. Basic skills and General Education Diploma ( G E D ) instruction, vocational exploration, academic and vocational assessment, job search, and social/emotional support is available for disconnected out-of-school youth.

 

CHADD of Greater Baltimore
Contact by using website form (Opens in new window)
Local support group for adults and children with ADHD or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The group meets monthly and there is a membership fee.

 

The Community College of Baltimore County - Continuing Education and Economic Development
443-840-4700 (Registration)
Web site shows a wide range of classes for adults, youth and seniors. Some are held online or in locations around Baltimore County. Classes cover training for business or career, computer applications, and personal interests such as cooking, foreign languages, sign language instruction, money management, crafts and hobbies, physical fitness, home repair, running small business, travel studies, and more.
 

  • Distance Learning
    The Community College of Baltimore County offers a variety of courses that use various technologies to deliver instruction. This includes non-credit and credit online courses, telecourses, and interactive video courses. These courses are designed to allow students to schedule learning activities at times more convenient to their schedules.

 

Dyslexia Tutoring Program, Inc.
The Rotunda, Suite 310
711 West 40th Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
410-889-5487
Provides diagnostic screening and remedial tutoring of adults and children with low or moderate income who have dyslexia or other language based learning disabilities.

 

International Dyslexia Association
40 York Rd., 4th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
410-296-0232
Offers educational information concerning language and learning problems in children and adults. Available resources for parents, tutors, schools, colleges, and others who work with dyslexics.

 

Maryland Private Career Schools
Search for Maryland Higher Education Commission approved schools and programs. Maryland's private career schools offer training for everything from cosmetology to medical imaging. No private career school may operate in Maryland without Maryland Higher Education Commission approval. Site provides information for those interested in attending a school as well as former students of closed schools.

 

Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
410-444-5000
Provides for the education of infants through high school age who are blind or visually impaired. Provides diagnostic and prescriptive assessments of visually impaired children through referrals from the child's local education agency. Provides outreach services to blind and visually impaired children who are educated in the public schools throughout Maryland.

 

Maryland School for the Deaf - Columbia Campus
P.O. Box 894
8169 Old Montgomery Road
Columbia, Maryland 21044
410-480-4500 ( voice ); TTY: 410-480-4501
Day and residential school for deaf and hard of hearing children. Services include diagnostic screening and evaluation, teaching of American Sign Language and spoken English, reading, writing and development of residual hearing.

 

Maryland State Department of Education - Nonpublic School Approval Branch
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-767-0407
Lists of nonpublic schools that hold a Certificate of Approval from the Maryland State Department of Education for enrolling students in Nursery School (ages 3 and 4), Kindergarten, and/or Grades 1 through 12 and nonpublic schools providing special education. Also, lists church-exempt schools registered with the Maryland State Department of Education and nonpublic entities that supervise home instruction of Maryland students. Information is available on getting an official high school transcript from a nonpublic school that is no longer operating.

 

National Rehabilitation Information Center
Contact information specialists through their webform (Opens in new window) for quick information and referral to agencies and organizations with services and support for people with disabilities. The information specialists have gathered a collection of online, print, and phone resources for a wide array of topics.

 

Parents' Place of Maryland, Inc.
801 Cromwell Park Drive Suite 103
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
410-768-9100 ( Voice, TTY )
State-wide parent-directed resource center dedicated to enhancing the ability of persons with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in home, school and community life through education, information, individual assistance, and support activities for their parents and families.

 

Saint Vincent's Villa
2600 Pot Spring Road
Timonium, Maryland 21093
410-252-4000
Has comprehensive therapeutic services to children whose significant behavioral and emotional needs have not responded to interventions and services provided at home or in the community. Their Diagnostic and Evaluation and Treatment Program provides an intensive residential diagnostic and stabilization program for boys and girls, ages 5 to 13. They receive a comprehensive evaluation, in partnership with the family, to determine a course of treatment. This may include placement with the family with a plan for out-patient services, referral for therapeutic foster care or group home, or referral for more intensive residential treatment.

 


 

Literacy Instruction

 

Baltimore County Public Schools - Office of World Languages
410-887-6756
English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL ) instruction is provided for students whose English proficiency is not adequate for them to be fully successful in the regular classroom.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are all emphasized.

 

The Community College of Baltimore County - Center for Adult and Family Literacy
Non-credit adult education classes held in locations around Baltimore County.

 

 

 

  • General Education Diploma ( GED ) - 443-840-3692
    Offers instruction in reading comprehension, math, science, social studies, literature, writing and test-taking strategies as required by the General Education Diploma ( G E D ) test.

 

The Community College of Baltimore County - Single Step Program
443-840-3262 or email singlestep@ccbcmd.edu to set up interview and assessment
Provides adults with disabilities with specifically designed basic skills instruction, pre-vocational, social, and independent living skills necessary for success in college study, employment, and adult life.

 

Towson University Reading Clinic
c/o Doctor Elizabeth Dicembre
Director of Reading Clinic
College of Education, Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21252-0001
410-704-4492 or Email edicembre@towson.edu (opens in new window)
Provides evaluation and tutoring for children and adults who want to improve their literacy skills or who have learning difficulties. Also provides workshops to parents/guardians on how to assist their children with reading and writing.
 


 

General Education Diploma ( GED ) and High School Diploma Programs

 

Brainfuse's Adult Learning Center (Opens in new window)
A free service for adult learners offered through Baltimore County Public Library.  Get live one-on-one online help from trained adult education specialists to help you prepare for and pass the GED. Take practice tests (Log In needed) and review the results of those tests online with a tutor. Other helpful resources are available.

 

  • Work live with a tutor from 2 p.m. - 11:55 p.m., 7 days a week (Link opens new window). Spanish-speaking tutors are available.Tutoring is available from home, work or school from the Baltimore County Public Library home page under Find Information -Research Databases - Homework. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

     

  • Send Question (opens in new window): During the hours that tutors are not available, you can submit questions and will receive a response within 24 hours.

 

  • Register for a free, confidential Log In. No personal information is needed. Create a username and password for access to several other services:

 

  • Choose SkillSurfer (opens in new window) if you need help learning a specific skill or subject, such as mastering long division or improving your reading comprehension, beginning or organizing an essay/research paper. Find practice tests for the GED under Adult College Readiness as well as practice tests in math, reading and writing. Get results instantly and, if you choose, share your results with one of the live tutors for a targeted skills building session.

 

  • FlashBulb (Opens in new window): Find practice tests in specific subject areas. (Log In required). Receive instant, skill-by-skill results. Find flashcards on many subjects to study or create your own.

 

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development - Youth Programs

Offers programs in the community that provide employment and training services, including GED preparation, to targeted low-income, in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 16-21. Specific eligibility requirements and services vary for each program. Contact information provided.

 

Baltimore County Department of Social Services - Young Parent Support Center
201 Back River Neck Road Middleborough Shopping Plaza
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
410-853-3860
A comprehensive family support and development center serving the greater Essex area. Offers day and evening adult education program, including basic skills and General Education Diploma ( GED ) classes, enhanced by computer assisted instruction and tutorial services.

 

Baltimore County Public Schools - Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies
901 South Rolling Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
410-887-0934
Provides academic and vocational assessment, career counseling, basic skills and General Education Diploma ( GED ) instruction for young adult dropouts or those at risk of dropping out, ages 16-21.

 

Baltimore County Public Schools - Rosedale Center
8200 Old Philadelphia Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
410-887-0133
Provides academic and vocational assessment, career counseling, basic skills and General Education Diploma ( GED ) instruction for young adult dropouts or those at risk of dropping out, ages 16-21.

 

Catapult Learning Career Starters
7930 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
410-285-1842
Provides G E D preparation, job readiness and job search skills to qualified youth ages 16-18 who are out of school or dropouts. Funded through Baltimore County Office of Employment and Training, using WIA or Workforce Investment Act monies. Program runs 5 days per week for 8 weeks. Follow-up for one year.

 

The Community College of Baltimore County - Center for Adult and Family Literacy
Non-credit adult education classes held in locations around Baltimore County.

 

 

  • General Education Diploma ( GED ) - 443-840-3692
    Offers instruction in reading comprehension, math, science, social studies, literature, writing and test-taking strategies as required by the General Education Diploma ( GED ) test.

 

The Community College of Baltimore County - External Diploma Program
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
443-840-1284
Alternative means of earning a high school diploma for adults eighteen or older. This is a self-paced program with no required classes. Graduation from the program is assessed through take-home projects, interviews and oral and written exams.

 

First Step, Inc.
GED/Youth Employment and Training Program
3527 North Rolling Road, Suite 23
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
410-521-3800
For youth ages 16-21 who are out of school (dropouts) and unemployed. Provides aid in pre-employment training, job retention skills, Adult Basic Education and General Education Diploma ( G E D ) preparation courses.

 

Freestate ChalleNGe Academy
Attn: Recruiting and Admissions
Building E4230
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edgewood Area
Gunpowder, Maryland 21010
410-436-3220
A voluntary program to help at risk youth that are ages 16-18, high school dropouts, and unemployed, to achieve a high school diploma through a holistic/military style, 22-week residential program. Program includes a 12-month post-residential period with a mentor.

 


 

College Financial Assistance

 

Corporation for National and Community Service - Maryland Contacts
A federal agency which promotes community service to address a wide range of social problems. The Maryland Delaware State office manages the following volunteer programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorpsVISTA, and Learn and Serve America. AmeriCorps members, seventeen and older, serve in their community. For a term of service with AmeriCorps, members can earn an education award that can be used to pay for college tuition or to pay back student loans.

 

Federal Student Aid Information Center
800-433-3243; TTY:800-730-8913
Information about federal student aid options including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans and other programs.

 

Maryland Higher Education Commission - Office of Student Financial Assistance
6 North Liberty Street, Ground Suite
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
1-800-974-0203; 410-767-3300; TTY: Dial 7 1 1 for Maryland Relay
The State has financial aid programs in the form of grants, scholarships and other awards for students who want to further their education beyond high school. Aid programs may be merit-based and/or need-based. Each year, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( F A F S A). By filing a FAFSA, you will be considered for State of Maryland financial aid. Check with all the colleges you are considering applying to for their financial aid requirements and deadlines. They may have supplemental forms you need to complete.

 


Last revised: July 23, 2014