Martin Luther School, an Approved Private School (APS) licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, specializes in educating children and youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
The school is located on a 35-acre campus in Plymouth Meeting, PA, and offers a holistic approach to improving the academic, emotional, behavioral, and social well-being of our students.
Martin Luther School provides special education programs for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade who have been identified as needing full-time emotional support in an out-of-district placement. Students often have challenging behaviors, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Delay, or Intellectual Disabilities, as well as other emotional, mental health, and social skills challenges.
Martin Luther School implements the Pennsylvania Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, which reflect the knowledge and skills young people need to be successful. Our multidisciplinary team approach includes special education teachers working with reading specialists, school counselors, behavior analysts, classroom assistants, technology and curriculum specialists, and related service clinicians. Parents/caregivers are an important part of each child’s educational journey and are included in all steps of the child’s educational process.
Our school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based practice paired with support services that teach children self-regulation, social skills, and de-escalations strategies and techniques. As a transition school, students receive career awareness education and personal goal-setting for academic experiences in secondary education alongside coping and self-management skills learned in the PBIS program. We believe that these supports will help students reach their fullest potential and be successful in the least restrictive environment possible.
Students attend Martin Luther School from Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Martin Luther School may also provide educational services to students from other Pennsylvania counties for children receiving individual treatment and care in the Silver Springs Residential Treatment Facility. Transportation is delivered by the student’s home school district. An ESY program for qualified students is also available for each eligible student. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to participate in their student’s educational program through a variety of opportunities delivered throughout the school year.
Martin Luther School has an open enrollment process. We evaluate and enroll students throughout the school year.
The admissions process at Martin Luther School generally is initiated by school districts, and includes a school tour for prospective families. If the Admissions Team accepts a child as a potential student, the district has 30 calendar days to return a signed Notification of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP) to Martin Luther School. The referring school district is responsible for transportation and tuition for the student to Martin Luther School.