About CCSS

Cedar Chapel Special School (CCSS), located in rural Snow Hill, Maryland, serves students from all of Worcester County by preparing students with moderate to severe disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 to be included in general education curriculum, to be gainfully employed, and to be self-sufficient at home and within their community. The school climate is a clear reflection of CCSS’s vision, “Students will be self-advocating, productive citizens.” The CCSS learning community believes that by having high expectations, dreaming beyond boundaries, and working collectively as a team, we can achieve excellence in education by making a difference in each child’s life.

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Mission Statement 

Communication, Structured Learning Environment, and Individualized Education for ALL.

“We strive to live our mission and enable our students to reach their full potential by preparing them for the future.”

 

School Highlights and Awards

The CCSS program of instruction is based on the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. Skills in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and health literacy skills are taught and modified based on daily individual instruction and assessed through various formative assessment criteria, including the Listening Comprehension Assessment, Social-Emotional Assessment, the Leaning Trajectories Mathematics Assessment, and Quarterly Benchmark Assessment Data. School curriculum is supported by student Individualized Education Programs (IEP) through customized access to content in a format that embraces Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students in grades 3 through 8, and 11 participate in the state assessment through the Multi State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and the Alternate Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA) for grades 5, 8, and 11. CCSS also receives recognition in various art entries, Special Olympics Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners, Award for Excellence in Education (Community Foundation) and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Gold Award (2010-2016).

Special Programs

Special Programs include Structured Teaching using the TEACCH principles, Sensory Integration, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Health and Sun Safety, Adaptive Physical Education, Music, Fine Arts, Sensory Integration, Project Greenhouse, Special Olympics, and school-wide Core Communication.

Students participate in many enriching activities that support multiple pathways such as Book It, Read-Across America, Fine Arts Festival, music programs, various inclusion opportunities, and vocational preparation in school and throughout Worcester Community in the Community Work Experience Program.

CCSS has also partnered with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in a Professional Development School (PDS). With a strong unified teaching force as well as a student population rich in diversity, CCSS students and interns have gained valuable learning experiences through the added support. Student interns leave CCSS with skills in critical software, assistive technology, proactive behavior management, curriculum modifications, Structured Teaching, and many tools for increasing student communication and achievement.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

School Improvement Advisory Committee, Strategic Planning Team, School Fund Raisers, Volunteer Program, and Parent Workshops

Principal

Mrs. Belinda Gulyas

Address

510 Coulbourne Lane
Snow Hill, MD 21863

Phone

410-632-5230

Fax

410-632-5239

Website

www.cedarchapel.org

Grades

Ages 3 to 21

School Day

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Enrollment

52 students

Staff

13 Teachers, 18 Educational Assistants, 2 Nurses, 1 Secretary, 2 Custodians, 1 Curriculum Resource Teacher, 1 Instructional Coach, 1 Physical Therapist, 1 Occupational Therapist, 1 Speech Language Pathologists, 1 Speech Assistant, 1 Sign Language Interpreter, .25 Tech Coach, and 1 School Safety Deputy

School Built

1985

Total Size

17,175

Site

24 acres

Teacher to Student Ratio

2:5

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