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Lourie Center School

Established in 1986, The Lourie Center School is a non-public day elementary school for students with emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities. The curriculum is based on a multidisciplinary approach to childhood education and the treatment of emotional disabilities. The school provides academic instruction, mental health and play therapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy as well as psychiatric consultation as needed.

Program Overview

The school serves children 4 to 12 years of age. The program is an 11 month school program to provide continuity of structure, consistency in relationships, educational programming, and ongoing provision of therapies to our students. Our students currently come from Montgomery County and Prince George's County in Maryland, Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The school's program is based on the philosophy that healthy relationships are the context for learning, growth and change.

The school program combines an educational curriculum with therapeutic services to strengthen children's emotional resources, social capacities, cognitive development, motor abilities, speech and language skills. Class size is up to 10 students in a classroom, with a minimum of one adult for three children. Maximum school enrollment is 40 children.

Multidisciplinary Staff

The school's multidisciplinary staff, which include Maryland licensed Master’s-level teachers and clinicians work closely with parents and public school personnel to develop individualized goals, determine progress and plan an ongoing program to maximize each child's potential.

How to Obtain Services

For further information or to make a referral, please contact Theresa Petrungaro, Director, Lourie Center School at 301-984-4444 ext. 109 or via email at

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Program Contact

Theresa Petrungaro
301-984-4444 x109