Mission and Philosophy


Margaret Rawson (1899 - 2001)

Our Mission

Jemicy School educates talented and bright students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences by addressing both their intellectual strengths and their learning needs. The school utilizes creative, multisensory, and research-based programs and techniques to develop reading, writing, spelling, and organization skills; promote a love of learning, and prepare students for the intellectual and social challenges of college and life.

Our Philosophy

"It is no good knowing about the taste of strawberries out of a book." - Aldous Huxley

The following excerpt was taken from text written in 1973 by Margaret Rawson, a founder of the Jemicy School, and revised in 2004 by the Board of Trustees.

A school should be designed for its students, their present happy growth, and their soundly based future effectiveness. A school is established as a group in which people are taught or led to learn, but it is as individuals that they learn through experiencing group life and developing unique personal competencies and understanding of their world.

Just as in Aldous Huxley’s words, “It is no good knowing about the taste of strawberries out of a book,” so each student needs to experience for himself the worlds of city and country, of nature and human culture. These become part of him through all his senses, through emotional and spiritual appreciation and responsible involvement in all the world about and within him, and by the active process of the ordered observation, problem solving, and critical thinking which we call intellectual functioning. Each person is born with a distinctive combination of potentialities on which, by the time she comes to school, a unique set of experiences has been at work making her a separate individual, different from all others. At the same time, she is a member of the human family, with certain basic physical, emotional, and spiritual characteristics and needs, which she shares with all of us. It is this that makes society both necessary and possible. A school life that promotes the healthy, vigorous, joyful growth of its students should provide a well-planned physical setting and general program. Such dependable security gives a firm foundation and a stable framework within which each student can live a cooperative and rewarding social life while she is developing from dependent childhood into self-reliant adolescence and adulthood.

Our Credo

Jemicy School is committed to fostering mutual respect among students, parents, faculty and staff. We expect all to be partners in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere in which every individual is valued and respected. To this end, we ask that all members of the Jemicy community:

  • Show respect to self and others in the school community
  • Contribute to the learning process
  • Demonstrate academic integrity
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the appearance of the campus

Jemicy School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, color, or national/ethnic origin. As an accredited member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), the School abides by the AIMS Code of Ethics.