In 2016, Jemicy School in Owings Mills, MD became the first school in the country to be accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The school enrolls approximately 361 students on two campuses and maintains a 4-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, with small classes ranging from 2 to 12 students. The Lower and Middle School serves students in grades 1-8; the Upper School serves students in grades 9-12, as well as students in the Upper School Prep Program.
Jemicy School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, color, or national/ethnic origin. As an accredited member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), the School abides by the AIMS Code of Ethics.
JEMICY AT A GLANCE
Head of School
BEN SHIFRIN
  • 15th year as head of Jemicy School
  • Former school head in California
  • VP of the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association
  • Served on the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas School’s Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children since 2013
  • Served on the Stevenson University President’s Advisory Council since 2014
  • Joined the Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Dyslexia Task Force in 2015
  • Speaks nationally on the collaboration between neuroscience and education and on other topics relevant to learning differences
  • Temple University - B.S. (summa cum laude) in Elementary Education and M.Ed. (summa cum laude) in Special Education and Administration
  • Ben is dyslexic.
By The
NUMBERS
NUMBER OF FACULTY:  97
NUMBER OF STUDENTS:  363
  • Lower School:     86 
  • Middle School:  106
  • Upper School:   171
STUDENT TEACHER RATION: 4 to 1
2016-2017
TUITION
Lower and Middle Schools: $33,045
Upper School Prep and Upper School: $34,435
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FINANCIALS
OPERATING BUDGET: Exceeds $12 million
ENDOWMENT: Approximately $15 million
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ATHLETICS
UPPER SCHOOL
Basketball, Cheerleading (women’s) Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Physical Education, Soccer, Wrestling (men’s). The Upper School Athletic Program is a member of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Basketball, Girls’ Cheerleading, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Boys’ Wrestling

LOWER SCHOOL
The physical education program helps students develop physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially, as well as learn the benefits of achieving and maintaining a health.
Visual & Performing
ARTS
Comprehensive program of visual and theater/performing arts in all divisions includes design and fine arts, digital/computer animation, woodworking, photography, music, and more
Co-Curricular
ACTIVITIES
UPPER SCHOOL
Advanced Photo Club; Astronomy Club; Catan Club; Chess Club; Cooper’s Corner Club; Debate Club; Drama Club; Dungeon and Dragons (table top); Events Committee; Fandom Club; Gamers’ Club; Gardening Club; Journalism Club; Music Club; Ski Club; Whiffle Ball Club/Flag Football
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Design/Engineering; Fitness; Games;
Robots, Coding and 3D Design;
Stress Management

Highlights

  • The college preparatory academic curriculum utilizes creative, multisensory, and research-based programs and techniques.
  • An Upper School Prep program, offered to students in the last 2 years of middle school who may not be prepared to enter a college preparatory upper school program, integrates executive function, time-management, and study skills with each academic discipline in the pre-high school curriculum.  
  • The visual and performing arts programs are an integral part of the curriculum.
  • A comprehensive college counseling program is an important component of the Upper School program; the Class of 2016 was accepted to 75 unique colleges and universities and were rewarded almost $1,000,000 in merit based scholarships.
  • Competitive athletics are offered on both campuses; Jemicy is a member of the MIAA (Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association).
  • Technology is utilized as an effective teaching/learning tool: all classrooms are equipped with interactive technology; middle and upper school students are issued laptops loaded with assistive software; iPads are furnished for each 4th and 5th grade student; an integrated iPad program is utilized throughout the lower school.
  • The digitized curriculum allows access to texts, literature, and other written material through school or home computers or other mobile devices.
  • Education extends beyond the classroom. Field trips and a broad, stimulating variety of experiential learning opportunities enhance the curriculum across all divisions. Outdoor recess and play are essential parts of the lower and middle school program. A foreign travel program is offered every other year to upper school students, giving students who enroll as freshman two overseas travel opportunities during upper school years; recent travel destinations include China, South Africa, and Iceland.
  • Jemicy offers a 5-week summer camp program for students age 6-14 that includes instruction to reinforce and maintain academic skills and a fun, unique recreation/activities program.
An internationally recognized leader in educating talented and bright students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences.
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