About Our School
The John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA) — Rockville is an
MCPS special education school for students with emotional disabilities, autism, specific learning
disabilities, and other health impairments, serving Montgomery County and several counties in the
state of Maryland. Clinical treatment services are provided by the Maryland Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). RICA provides an academic, behavioral, day and residential treatment
program in a highly structured, therapeutically integrated milieu. The program of studies used is the
MCPS general education curriculum. Students are expected to meet the graduation requirements for
a Maryland high school diploma or Maryland Certificate.
The vision for JLG-RICA School is to provide quality education, care and support for all students who are admitted to the program. All JLG-RICA's students will learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. JLG-RICA School staff will continue to foster the development of our students through a consistent academic and behavioral program, maintaining close working relationships among all stakeholders to prepare the students to become productive citizens of a changing global society.
As educators who respect our students and their diverse backgrounds and needs, we will work to help them:
by supporting them with a safe, structured behavioral program to address social emotional concerns.
by providing a rigorous academic environment for learning.
to less restrictive schools, to higher education, to the world of work.