In 1972, Jemicy founders Joyce Bilgrave and David Malin created a camp to serve the needs of children experiencing difficulty in the traditional classroom due to dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Although primarily established to provide daily tutoring in reading, using the Orton-Gillingham approach, students rode horseback and enjoyed wood shop, archery, tennis, and swimming. The students loved camp and, after eight intensive weeks of tutoring, were able to “hit the ground running” at the start of school. Parents of campers, experiencing their children’s success, encouraged its founders to open a school. The School at Jemicy Farm, as it was initially called, opened its doors on September 12, 1973 with 51 students and 16 faculty members. Renamed “Jemicy” in 1975 after a move to its current location on Celadon Road, the school merged with Valley Academy in 2003, creating the first school in the Baltimore area to accommodate 1 st – 12 th grade students with language-based learning differences.