International Dyslexia Association

Promoting Teaching Approaches and Clinical Intervention Strategies

idaThe International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with people with dyslexia and their families and all others interested in The Association’s mission.

In 2009, Head of School Ben Shifrin was chosen as Treasurer of the International Dyslexia Association. As an Executive Board member, Mr. Shifrin continues to keep Jemicy in the forefront of current research, trends, and tools which enhance our educational team’s ability to optimize our program for Jemicy children.

Locally, with the IDA, Maryland Branch, John Bruns, Jemicy's director of digital curriculum, assumed the role of president in 2010, along with Barry James, Lower School teacher, as treasurer. Marcia Walker, head of upper school, and Mark Westervelt, assistant head of school, are currently serving on the Board.

Project Read

projectreadFor several years, the Jemicy Professional Outreach program has provided teacher training and classroom support through Project Read – a phonology-based curriculum for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Our programs in Berkeley County, West Virginia and Edgewood Elementary School in Baltimore City garnered national attention for their focus on faculty training opportunities, in-class visits, workbook materials, and mentoring. Jemicy’s work at Edgewood is featured in the National Public Broadcasting film entitled Demystifying Dyslexia. The film was produced by WNED, New York and the Arrison Foundation. To learn how to receive a copy of the film, please contact Julie Smith, Executive Assistant to the Head of School at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Currently, Jemicy Lower School is working with the Project Read founder and her certified team of trainers to earn model school status, thus enhancing professional development opportunities on the East Coast.

Calvert Education Services

Verticy Learning Program

calverteducationservicesIn 2007, Jemicy teamed with Calvert Education Services (CES) to create a model lower school reading curriculum for home-schooled students struggling with reading, spelling and writing. CES, an internationally renowned home-school organization affiliated with Calvert School, has nearly a century of success with home-schooling programs. CES conducted a national search before selecting Jemicy as its partner to address the needs of this growing market. This partnership is a natural one for Jemicy, as it provides yet another venue for us to share our expertise and reach a broader population.

Jemicy is honored to be in partnership with Calvert Education Services. For more information, please go to The name of this new venture comes from blending the last half of each institution’s name.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Twice-Exceptional Scholars Program

jackkentcookeIn June 2007, Jemicy was one of four schools nation-wide to receive a grant for twice-exceptional student scholarships. A “twice-exceptional” student is both learning disabled and gifted. (

The four-year, $367,000 JKC grant offers academic scholarships for qualified students to attend Jemicy’s Middle and Upper Schools. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s mission is to advance the education of extraordinary students with financial need and to increase diversity on campus. For information about the Foundation and its programs visit


Green School Certification

maeoeIn 2004, Jemicy’s Lower and Middle Schools were among the first independent schools in Baltimore County to receive the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Green School certification. Becoming a Green School was a logical step for Jemicy. Environmental experiences have always been interwoven in the fabric of our curriculum. We have always tried to make experiences personally meaningful when, for example, students test the cleanliness of water sources on campus, create environmental art from acorns and leaves outside their classrooms, or write poetry that reflects their experience of nature.

Jemicy Lower and Middle School’s 23 acres of wooded landscape possess ample resources for outdoor learning and our teachers, students, and administrators are committed to preserving natural structures as part of the education process. As active participants in environmental science, our students seek independent solutions to environmental problems and act as responsible team members to implement sustainable strategies. We are proud to be a Green School and invite our friends and parents to visit to learn more about how Jemicy uses our rich and varied environment as a teaching tool.

Maryland Biodiversity Project

Jemicy School is very excited to announce a new partnership with the Maryland Biodiversity Project. The Project (MBP) was started in June 2012 by Bill Hubick and Jim Brighton to thoroughly catalog the living things of Maryland. They have already cataloged over 11,000 species, including over 3,500 species with photographs contributed by more than 150 photographers. The collaboration, which involves many exceptional naturalists in and around Maryland, makes this project an indispensable resource for conservation and education.

Jemicy School students will explore their school's habitats and work with Maryland Biodiversity Project to identify, document, share interesting facts, and maintain their school checklist . With photos from the summer of 2013, Jemicy already has a good start on their checklist, including great finds like Wood Frog and Polyphemus Moth! Jemicy has even added new Baltimore County records to the project!

Supporting nature education is a primary goal of MBP, and we look forward to working together and talking about our discoveries! Check out their home page and checklist on MBP by clicking HERE.

The Paul Rabil Foundation

In 2013, The Paul Rabil Foundation established a partnership with Jemicy School and began distributing micro-grant scholarships to students based on their dedicated participation in school sports or other co-curricular programs. Students recognized have shared their talents with classmates, served as ambassadors for the school, and modeled Paul’s belief that students with learning differences can accomplish great things. In addition to the scholarships, the Foundation donates athletic equipment and uniforms for both boys and girls teams. The Paul Rabil Foundation is committed to helping children with learning differences by creating programs and partnerships through sport and scholarship. Learn more by clicking HERE.