About Benedictine

We help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential.

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 Values

Rooted in our founders' legacy

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:

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Dignity of Work

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Compassionate Caring

Our History

Benedictine School's rich heritage spans over a century

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

Read the experiences and insights of our valued staff and community members.

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.

National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.