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Curriculum and Learning

Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory program, accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and D.C. Schools (AIMS) and the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS); graduates receive a Wye River Upper School diploma as approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Isabelle, Class of '23, draws during art class.

Wye River Upper School offers a challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of bright students who learn differently. The key to success for these students is preparing them for successful scholarship opportunities and vocations beyond high school.

Senior students visited The White House in their National and Global Studies class.

Wye River Upper School 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. Department leaders and teachers give curriculum design, scope, and sequence authority.


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 a 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 offers students a systematic, phonetics-based, multi-sensory approach to reading.

Every student’s academic achievement is monitored bi-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.

Students at Wye River receive Orton Gillingham support with reading as needed.
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