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About WRUS

...because not all great minds think alike.

Wye River Upper School is on a mission to change the lives of high school students who think and learn outside of the box. We are a college-preparatory high school that offers a high-quality education to students that face learning challenges including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia; ADHD; students who are high functioning on the spectrum.

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Head of School Welcome

Welcome to Wye River Upper School, New Friends!

Here at Wye River, we provide a safe and nurturing learning environment filled with opportunities for young adults. Our staff is especially adept at creating educational experiences that support each learner's emotional and social growth.

Our Curriculum

A majority of our families have come to us feeling frustrated and discouraged by other school settings.  At Wye River Upper School, your student receives an education that allows them to build upon their strengths and will recognize how to respond to their challenges. Small class sizes provide stability and the opportunity to help your student thrive during their four years with us. The educators of Wye River Upper School believe in our students, and, through extensive training and professional development, have a successful formula to bring out the best in each.


During their academic curriculum, the students at Wye River Upper School will also thrive in social settings. During their time here, we offer them the opportunity necessary to develop social skills and confidence, while also providing the tools - including creative problem-solving and perseverance - that are essential for the hurdles they may face after their time at WRUS. 

Ultimately, we guarantee that your student will receive a multi-faceted high school diploma that will prepare them for college and for positions in life’s success and fulfillment.

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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 with ADHD and dyslexia, and she was struggling to find an academic setting in which her son could thrive. 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 this day, Wye River Upper School continues to move forward with the same powerful conviction that allowed students with learning differences to grow and learn in a responsive environment.

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