About Benedictine

Benedictine is one of the most comprehensive providers of services for children and adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities and autism. We offer a year-round educational program and 365 day residential program for students ages 5-21. Our students come from throughout Maryland, as well as adjoining states. Benedictine’s adult program provides community living, meaningful day, and employment services on the Eastern Shore and Annapolis.

Our Mission

Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

Our Values

The origin of our values can be traced to our Founders, the Sisters of St. Benedict. These three values are fundamental to the culture of Benedictine today:

  • Provide a welcoming atmosphere personally and organizationally
  • Listen and respond sensitively in all interactions
  • Extend warmth and acceptance to all
  • Welcome new ideas and be open to change
Dignity of Work
  • Believe that every job carries with it Dignity
  • Commit to the premise that Work honors the gifts and talents of every person
  • Develop meaningful activities that promote self-worth
  • Promote a healthy work-life balance for all employees
Compassionate Caring
  • Honor everyone and treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Encourage participation of all persons in the decisions affecting their lives
  • Foster an environment of continuous learning that meets the unique abilities of the students and adults

Our History

The Benedictine School was established in 1959 in the rural farming community of Ridgely on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. However, the school’s history dates back to 1890, when the Sisters of St. Benedict began a school for “young ladies and little girls" known as St. Gertrude Academy. The Sisters purchased Bourne Manor and moved their motherhouse from New Jersey in 1887, and Academy classes were held in the former guest house of the Manor. The Academy operated continuously for more than sixty years until decreasing enrollment led the order to consider alternative uses for the property.

Our Future

Benedictine’s future is grounded in our mission and values. We believe all people, regardless of ability, have the right to actively participate in their communities. As Benedictine enhances our programs and focuses on a stronger community-based model of service, we will continue our tradition of transformation and innovation in meeting and anticipating the needs of the students and adults receiving services from Benedictine.

Our Benedictine Community Says

“This place and its people change lives in the most profound ways. Grateful for what they bring to the community and how they bring the world to those who experience it differently than most of us.”

– Tracey, Community Member

“Julie has profited from the fine education she received at Benedictine and is very successful here in California. She lives independently and continues to be employed at the Bank of America. Everyone who knows her admires her, thanks to you.”

– Shirley, Benedictine Parent

“Amazing place to work! Not many people can say they love their job, coworkers and the kids they work with but I can.”

– Deana, Benedictine Staff

“Benedictine is dedicated to serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through school, open community, training, and job placement. It is a wonderful, warm environment with caring staff that brings out the best in each and every client!”

– Noelle, Community Member

Accreditations & Affiliations

As a national commission that verifies and promotes excellence in education service, NCASES evaluates private special education programs through a process that encourages diversity of educational practice and innovation. The process assures students in private special education settings are provided environments that are healthy, safe, comfortable and conducive to learning.This accreditation places the Benedictine School among 26 institutions in the nation to receive the honor out of approximately 200 special education schools.