Lower and Middle School

The Katherine Thomas School (KTS) Lower and Middle School Programs serve students in kindergarten through 8th grade with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments that affect their learning. We address the individual needs of each student to facilitate success at home, school, and in the community. The staff to student ratio is an average of one to six but can be as low as one to two in some programs with an integrated team approach.


We infuse all lessons and activities with developmentally appropriate and language-based experiences. Students are instructed using a grade-level curriculum and support from research-based interventions focused on their individual needs. Basic skills in reading, written expression, and math are taught according to the specific needs of students in either a small group or an individualized setting. Our goal is to provide students with a positive, success-oriented program. The Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and Universal Design for Learning techniques are embedded in all lessons. KTS uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to foster student growth, both academically and behaviorally.