OVER 40 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION
School educates talented and bright students with dyslexia or other related
language-based learning differences, by addressing both their intellectual
strengths and their learning needs. The school utilizes creative, multisensory,
research-based programs and techniques to develop reading, writing, spelling,
and organization skills; promote a love of learning; and prepare students for
the intellectual and social challenges of college and life.
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 1st – 12th grade students with
language-based learning differences.
the relaxed, camp-like feeling remains – students still build forts in the
woods, faculty can bring certified therapy dogs to campus, and multisensory and
experiential learning opportunities abound –Jemicy has evolved to become a
preeminent leader in the realm of schools addressing language-based learning
differences. Highly trained, creative teachers; research-based programs and
techniques; individualized curriculum; advanced technology; and well-equipped
classrooms characterize the school today. Fiscally sound, Jemicy now enrolls
approximately 360 students (grades 1-12) on two campuses in Owings Mills, MD.
embraces both the excitement and challenges facing schools in the 21st Century.
As students are guided through the process of obtaining, analyzing, and
applying the information now so instantly available, the school continuously
updates its curriculum and employs emerging technologies in order to expand the
platform from which to acquire knowledge, and in doing so, it prepares its
students for success in life and careers of the future. Jemicy takes great
pride in the lives it has changed over four decades and is excited about the
many more it will impact in the future.