The Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) Juvenile Services Education Program, today assumes responsibility for the educational program at the Schaefer House in Baltimore City. MSDE is now responsible for all aspects of the educational program at the William Donald Schaefer House. The facility was opened in 1992 and provides services to young men between the ages 14 to 18. The school will serve approximately 19 youth residing at the facility.
Juvenile Services Education (JSE) will provide residents with instruction in the reading/language arts, math, computer literacy, and career development/life skills on a daily basis. Additionally, youth will receive special education, guidance, and library media services.
"We are excited to bring MSDE's Juvenile Services Education program to the young men at the William Donald Schaefer House," said Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools. "In partnership with the Department of Juvenile Services, we seek to accelerate student achievement and ensure these students are prepared for college and careers."
Legislation enacted by the General Assembly mandates MSDE's assumption of the education program in all 14 residential programs operated by DJS, by July 1, 2013. William Donald Schaefer House will be the ninth DJS facility to have its educational program provided by the department.
"The assumption of educational services to MSDE has been seamless due to the professionalism and cooperative nature of both DJS and MSDE staff," said Sam Abed, Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services. "I am excited to have the school at the William Donald Schaefer House transition to the Maryland State Department of Education."