The HOPE Center works with classroom teachers to help meet the needs of students in Grades 3-12 who have mild learningdisabilities. Students are mainstreamed and accommodated in the general education classroom. A 504 Plan (classroom accommodation checklist) outlines the student's educational needs, and is given to the classroom teacher.
Students in grades 9-12 have the option of taking online courses. High school students work toward earning either a BCA Diploma or a Certificate of Graduation. This determination is based upon each student's response to intervention and level of independence.
Our most intensive form of intervention, NILD Educational Therapy, has yielded demonstrable results by strengthening the areas of a student's disability rather than accommodating or modifying "around" the area of need. NILD Therapy can only be performed by licensed NILD Therapists, and is limited to a certain number of students each year.
Individualized formal testing using either the Woodcock Johnson III Test of Achievement or the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement is available, as well as standardized testing (SAT-10) and the DIBELS for progress monitoring. Testing is available to BCA students as well as to public and home school students from the surrounding community.
Below you will find links to the BCA HOPE Center for Learning application process. For information regarding tuition/fees, or to ask any questions, please call 301-797-8886, extension 161 or 163. Mrs. Christy Spicer serves as the Program Administrator.