Wye River Upper School is on a mission to change the lives of high school students who think and learn outside the box.

We are a college-preparatory high school that offers a high quality education to students that face learning challenges including dyslexia, ADHD, and more. A majority of families have come to us feeling frustrated and discouraged, because in previous school settings their loved one struggled or fell through the cracks.

At Wye River, we encourage them to T-H-R-I-V-E

Your loved one will obtain an education that allows them to build upon their strengths and will recognize and respond to their challenges. The small class size will keep them sturdy where they stand because the cracks will be too small to fall through. They will thrive during their four years with us because our educators will believe in them and have a successful formula in mind to bring out the best in them.

While they are receiving a notable education, students at Wye River will also thrive in social settings. During their time here, we will offer them the opportunity necessary to develop social skills, confidence, and acquire the tools that are essential to work with, around, or straight through any hurdles they may face. Those challenges will then transform into strengths such as creative problem-solving and perseverance.

Ultimately, we guarantee that your loved one will receive a multi-faceted high school diploma that will not only prepare them for college, but also prepare them for positions in life’s success and fulfilment.

Let’s take you to the beginning

It all started in 2001 when Co-Founder and former Head of School Chrissy Aull was experiencing a great challenge as a mother. Her son, Jeb, was an 8th grader who has ADHD and dyslexia and needed a high school that did not exist at that point in time. With a master’s in education, Aull and co-founder Patricia McGlannan opened Wye River Upper School in September 2002.

Three teachers and nine students made the inaugural year possible to continue to move forward with a powerful conviction that allowed students with learning differences to grow and learn in a responsive environment. And the rest they say is history!


Wye River Upper School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.