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Two Wye River Upper School students participate in hands-on learning in science lab

Wye River Upper School Grades 9-12

When Wye River Upper School was founded in 2002, it fulfilled an ever-growing need within the community for a high school that provided individualized instruction to children with learning differences.  WRUS opened its doors to serve bright, motivated children whose success was otherwise impeded by traditional models of education. 


Wye River Upper School uses experiential, hands-on, and project-based learning as a basis for curriculum development.  Each student receives an individualized learning plan that best prepares them for life after graduation, be that college or a career pathway.  At WRUS, mental and physical health are prioritized in order to give students the tools they need to become independent 21st-century citizens

Within our small, supportive environment, WRUS students' strengths are celebrated as well as their differences.  Our students are able to experience success, make friends, and graduate as a more confident young adult.

An Average Day at Wye River Upper School ...

> Begins at 8 am with morning fitness.

> Classes meet with 6-8 students per class.


> WRUS students build in the MakerSpace, perform in theater class, create a visual art project, or explore other elective interests.  

> Students socialize during lunch or gather for student clubs.

> Support blocks meet for additional one-on-one instruction or homework help. 

> The school day ends at 4 pm and students ride our buses to their stop on the Eastern or Western Shore. 

> At home, students connect with family, review any homework assigned, relax, and recharge. 

Graduate hugging parents in cap and gown

 Graduation Pathways  

Questions? Call Katie Lillard at 443-262-8276 or 


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