A Look Back at Our 20 Years


Wye River Upper School was Founded by Chrissy Aull and Patricia McGlannan

As their 8th-grade children approach middle school graduation, Chrissy Aull and Patricia McGlannan find themselves in a predicament. They don't know which high school will serve their unique children best. There are no specialty high schools from the Eastern Shore to Baltimore to serve their children with ADHD and Anxiety, so Chrissy and Patricia decide to create the school themselves.

Beginning with nine students, three teachers, and two administrators, Wye River Upper School opens at Chesapeake College. Renting classroom space in the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center affords them use of the college's sports fields and library.

The journey to changing the lives of hundreds of students who learn differently begins!

13 Students Served from 2002-2003
195 Students Served from 2002-2008


Wye River Upper School's First Graduating Class

Wye River Upper School holds its first Commencement Ceremony at Chesapeake College with a graduating class of five students, in May 2003.

In WRUS' history, we've seen almost 20 graduating classes - take a look at some of our graduations!


WRUS Begins Looking for a New Home

Wye River Upper School realizes it needs a new home. With six potential sites to visit, the Board of Trustees determines the historic and abandoned Centerville National Guard Armory is the right location.

A $1,000,000 grant from The State of Maryland kicked off the Capital Campaign to purchase the building.


WRUS purchases Centreville National Guard Armory Building for school expansion and receives first AIMS Accreditation

Wye River Upper School receives enough funding to purchase the Armory building and begins the remodeling work.

Wye River Upper School also earns its first AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland Schools) accreditation.

11 Graduates in the Class of 2010
272 Students Served from 2002-2010


The Kathleen White Chapter National Honor Society is Established