Linwood School Overview

Linwood School is a non-public special education program that serves students on the autism spectrum and related developmental disorders, including multiple disabilities from ages 6 – 21 in a small structured positive learning environment. Collaborating with families is the cornerstone of Linwood School.  Programming is designed based on our students strengths and interests.  This includes a multi-disciplinary approach that provides wrap around services to support academics, behavior, related services, and vocational programming all within small class sizes. Instruction is data-driven based on IEP’s, assessments, and curricula. Students are taught utilizing a variety of strategies, fostering multi-modal communication, including discrete trial instruction, small group instruction, sensory integration, social skills training, and community-based instruction. A heavy emphasis is placed on generalization of learned skills across multiple environments and teaching replacement behaviors.

Our community is an extension of our classrooms.  Transition age students are introduced to Linwood School’s Career Clusters where students 14 years and older are provided instruction and real life experiences in vocational  and functional living skills that prepare them to thrive in the community, home, and work environments. Programming includes instruction in activities of daily living, vocational skills, daily living skills, community-based instruction, leisure/recreational skills, work-related behaviors, and career exploration.

Linwood School has a capacity for 60 students and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Linwood School is a 12-month program. Linwood is a proud member of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF). The Linwood School is certified to program for students who are achieving a diploma up through the 8th grade or who are on the certificate track through age 21. Students on both tracks focus on individualized and group instruction aligned to student-specific IEPs and the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards. The following courses are provided to students within their school week:

  • Mathematics
  • Reading / English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Direct Instruction
  • Music
  • Life Skills

For more information about Linwood School please contact Karen Wright, Education Director at or Colleen Martin, Assistant Education Director at