Kennedy Krieger High School is a special education program serving students aged 14 to 21. Approximately 180 students attend this day program and work toward earning diplomas, certificates of completion, and industry certificates.
Kennedy Krieger High School offers a rigorous academic program for students seeking to pursue post-secondary school, as well as core academics and functional skills to support those who choose to pursue vocational training. This program focuses on content area instruction, with necessary accommodations and adaptations to the curriculum to ensure that all students are able to achieve their educational goals. The program is guided by the Maryland State Curriculum in the areas of English/language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education, and includes functional life skills development. Intensive related services are provided in the classroom whenever possible, and through group or individual services, as needed. The school provides support to students to help them remain on task and productive, and utilizes a positive behavior management system that emphasizes positive behaviors, while preventing disruptive behaviors that interfere with learning.
All students participate in industry training that prepares them for careers in one of the following industry clusters: information technology, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing and construction, and retail and consumer services. Instruction through industry clusters and work-based learning enables students to learn about their career interests in real-life settings. The coupling of classroom and workplace experiences provides students the opportunity to understand and attain the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. All students are eligible to participate in on-campus and off-campus internships with a variety of business partners. This strategy ensures students’ successful transition from school to work.