Curriculum

The Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory program, accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and D.C. Schools (AIMS) and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education leading to a Maryland High School Diploma.

Wye River offers a challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of bright students who learn differently, preparing them for successful scholarship and vocation beyond high school.

In order to graduate from Wye River, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 24 academic/wellness credits (meeting MSDE requirements)

  • 90 community service hours

  • Completed digital portfolio with all Twelve Demonstrations of Learning

  • One or more acceptances to a postsecondary institution of higher learning

Wye River follows the Common Core Standards in language arts, social studies and math. The Next Generation Science Standards and MSDE Core standards are followed for science. Performing and fine arts follow The Maryland Voluntary Curriculum. Authority for curriculum design, scope and sequence is given to department leaders and teachers. Emphasis is placed on real-world learning and helping students make higher-level connections between key concepts and applications within their communities - local and beyond. A significant portion of our classroom instruction is project-based, with focus on strengthening communication skills and collaboration among peers and instructors.

Our program includes a daily emphasis on personal wellness through competitive and non-competitive athletic programs.

Orton-Gillingham (OG) instruction is provided as needed for students with specific language-based learning challenges such as dyslexia. The OG program provides students a systematic, phonetics-based, multi-sensory approach to reading.

Every student’s academic achievement is monitored annually using the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Battery. If a student demonstrates qualifying academic needs, a Student Development Plan is written by a special educator and serves as a comprehensive tool for faculty to identify instructional classroom strategies to strengthen student skills in specific areas of need.