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Media Contact: Clarencia J. Stephen
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Published on August 23, 2007

The Ridge Schools of Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties Receive Certificate of Approval From District of Columbia Public Schools

Rockville, MD - The Ridge Schools of Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties were recently awarded a three-year certificate of approval from the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) to receive DC school students who have learning disabilities or behavioral health needs.

To meet approval, the Ridge Schools underwent a thorough evaluation by the District of Columbia State Education Agency, which reviewed the schools' operations, including professional/paraprofessional licenses, health and hygiene policies, private education institute licenses and school crisis preparedness plans.

The Ridge Schools are a unit of Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, a leading provider of mental health services in Maryland. With locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore, the Ridge Schools provide special education and general education programs for students in grades six through 12.

"The certificate of approval from DC Public Schools enables us to extend our educational services to DC area students who can benefit from our specialized approach to teaching young children and adolescents," said Chip Maust, Ed.D., director of educational services, Ridge School of Montgomery County.

The certificate of approval was granted to the Anne Arundel and Montgomery County schools for a three-year period. The schools are also eligible to receive funding from the DC government. During this time, both schools will be qualified to receive DCPS students who are emotionally disturbed, learning disabled or exhibit other mental health impairments such as bi-polar disorder or depression.

"The children who attend our school often suffer mild to severe behavioral and/or emotional challenges, which make it difficult for them to succeed in a mainstream education program," said Chezia Quarterman, director of educational services, Ridge School of Anne Arundel County. "The Ridge School combines academic instruction with individualized, one-on-one behavioral therapy to create a supportive environment for students with behavioral health needs and learning disabilities."

About The Ridge Schools

The Ridge Schools of Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties and the Eastern Shore provide both a special education and general education program to meet the needs of students grades six through 12. Each school offers small class sizes, and individual and group therapies that are complemented by interscholastic team sports. The Ridge Schools serve all residents of the Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System's residential treatment centers in Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties and the Eastern Shore as well as day students who reside in surrounding communities.

About Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System, a member of Adventist Behavioral HealthCare, which includes behavioral health services offered at the Reginald S. Lourie Center and Washington Adventist Hospital, is one of the largest providers of mental health services in Maryland. With more than 700 employees, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System offers a range of services for children, adolescents and seniors including acute behavioral care, outpatient chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, school programs and community-based services. Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health System has locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore.

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