A Caring Approach to Special Education



Ages 6 - 21

Grades 1 - 12


Ages 6 - 22

Grades 1 - 12


Ages 8 - 21

Grades 3 - 12

This is the best special education school I have ever visited. You are true to your mission. Although the staff work with an intense population- they make it look effortless.
— Educational Consultant

Every Day is a Chance to Begin Anew

At PHILLIPS Schools, the core of our philosophy and practice is our students’ ability to reach their potential with the right support and our commitment.

We offer special education day school programs for students in elementary through high school in nationally acclaimed facilities for students for
whom public or other specialized schools were not successful. We welcome a diverse group of youth from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Our youth’s lives have been colored by a variety of personal and neurodevelopmental circumstances, so we tailor our approach to each unique individual.

PHILLIPS provides a fresh start. We address student’s needs honestly with acceptance, respect, compassion and a creative plan to make a better tomorrow. We focus on the students’ behavioral and academic needs, their emotional needs, communication needs and beyond that, their
family and community needs. We help them communicate, advocate and navigate their environment. As one staff member said, “I don’t think the youth are particularly active in choosing their better life in the beginning of the process, but I think for many of them they are extremely active in the process coming to an end.”

We offer highly individualized learning environments, social skills training and practice, individualized and integrated related services including counseling, speech and language therapy, occupational and physical therapy, career and technical education curricula, and authentic job opportunities in the community along with crisis prevention through a strengths-based approach.

We build a program around each child, we do not fit a child into a program.

We are state approved to serve students with:

  • Emotional Disability
  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability

Regardless of a student’s formal diagnostic or educational assessments, PHILLIPS specializes in understanding and helping to transform problematic behavior patterns which interfere with a child’s academic and social functioning.