Jemicy School, which is nearing a half-century of empowering bright students who learn differently, is the first school in the country to be accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The school enrolls over 400 students on two campuses and maintains a 4-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, with small classes ranging from 4 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
18th year as head of Jemicy School
U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas School’s Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children, since 2013
Stevenson University President’s Advisory Council, since 2014
Affiliate member of the Dyslexia Foundation
Board of Directors of the Dyslexia Tutoring Program
Former VP, Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association
Former member of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Dyslexia Task Force
Former school head in California
Education: Temple University - B.S. (summa cum laude) in Elementary Education and M.Ed. (summa cum laude) in Special Education and Administration
Ben is dyslexic. He speaks nationally on the collaboration between neuroscience and education and on other topics relevant to learning differences
By The NUMBERS
NUMBER OF FACULTY: 97
NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 407
Lower School: 96
Middle School: 121
Upper School: 190
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO:4 to 1
Lower and Middle Schools: $35,200
Upper School Prep and Upper School: $36,850
OPERATING BUDGET:$13.5 million
Basketball, Cheerleading (women’s) Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Physical Education, Soccer, and Tennis, Jemicy is a member school 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 healthy lifestyle.
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
Clubs are created based on the expressed interests of the student body: Anime, Astronomy Club, Car Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, Frisbee Club, Mindfulness Club, Music Club, Photography, Poetry Club, and Settlers of Catan, Ski Club.
Robotics 1, Robotics 2, Martial Arts
Accreditations & MEMBERSHIPS
Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS); International Dyslexia Association (IDA); Maryland State Department of Education Certificate of Approval; National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS); Independent School Management (ISM); National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC); Dyslexia Foundation; Potomac & Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counseling (PCACAC); Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
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 2019 was accepted to 71 unique colleges and universities and were rewarded approximately $3,000,000 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.