About CCSS

Our Mission-Vision-Values




Communication, Structured Learning Environment, and Individualized Education for ALL.



CCSS students will be self-advocating, productive citizens.



Through mutual Respect and shared Responsibility,

CCSS provides a Safe learning environment for ALL.



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Our School Profile

Cedar Chapel Special School (CCSS), located in rural Snow Hill, Maryland, serves students from all of Worcester County by preparing students with moderate to severe disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 to be included in general education curriculum, to be gainfully employed, and to be self-sufficient at home and within their community. The school climate is a clear reflection of CCSS’s vision, “Students will be self-advocating, productive citizens.” The CCSS learning community believes that by having high expectations, dreaming beyond boundaries, and working collectively as a team, we can achieve excellence in education by making a difference in each child’s life.


Mission Statement 

Communication, Structured Learning Environment, and Individualized Education for ALL.

“We strive to live our mission and enable our students to reach their full potential by preparing them for the future.”


School Highlights and Awards

The CCSS program of instruction is based on the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. Skills in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and health literacy skills are taught and modified based on daily individual instruction and assessed through various formative assessment criteria, including the Listening Comprehension Assessment, Social-Emotional Assessment, the Leaning Trajectories Mathematics Assessment, and Quarterly Benchmark Assessment Data. School curriculum is supported by student Individualized Education Programs (IEP) through customized access to content in a format that embraces Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Students in grades 3 through 8, and 11 participate in the state assessment through the Multi State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) and the Maryland Alternate Science Assessment for grades 5, 8, and 10. CCSS also receives recognition in various art entries, Special Olympics Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners, Award for Excellence in Education (Community Foundation) and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Gold Award (2010-2016).

Special Programs

Special Programs include Structured Teaching using the TEACCH principles, Sensory Integration, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Health and Sun Safety, Adaptive Physical Education, Music, Fine Arts, Sensory Integration, Project Greenhouse, Special Olympics, and school-wide Core Communication.

Students participate in many enriching activities that support multiple pathways such as Book It, Read-Across America, Fine Arts Festival, music programs, various inclusion opportunities, and vocational preparation in school and throughout Worcester Community in the Community Work Experience Program.

CCSS has also partnered with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in a Professional Development School (PDS). With a strong unified teaching force as well as a student population rich in diversity, CCSS students and interns have gained valuable learning experiences through the added support. Student interns leave CCSS with skills in critical software, assistive technology, proactive behavior management, curriculum modifications, Structured Teaching, and many tools for increasing student communication and achievement.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

School Improvement Advisory Committee, Strategic Planning Team, School Fund Raisers, Volunteer Program, and Parent Workshops


Mrs. Belinda Gulyas


510 Coulbourne Lane
Snow Hill, MD 21863








Ages 3 to 21

School Day

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM


56 students


13 Teachers, 19 Educational Assistants, 2 Nurses, 1 Secretary, 2 Custodians, 1 Curriculum Resource Teacher, 1 Instructional Coach, 1 Physical Therapist, 1 Occupational Therapist, 1 Speech Language Pathologists, 1 Speech Assistant, 1 Sign Language Interpreter, .25 Tech Coach, and 1 School Safety Deputy

School Built


Total Size



24 acres

Teacher to Student Ratio


The Worcester County Board of Education does not discriminate in admissions, access, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, color, gender identity and expression, national origin, creed, religion, age, ancestry, genetic information, or physical or mental disability.

Our Students

speechCedar Chapel Special School is located in the small community of Snow Hill Maryland. The school is one of fourteen facilities under the Worcester County Public School system, built specifically to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Students, ages 3 to 21 from Ocean City, Bishopville, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke attend Cedar Chapel where they receive individual and small group educational opportunities.

Worcester County Public Schools Website 

Our Graduates

gradA graduate of CCSS will be a lifelong learner, productive citizen, and contributing member of society.  While applying individual levels of independence, CCSS students will demonstrate:

Communication Skills

  • Self Advocacy for Needs and Wants
  • Expressive Ideas and Emotions
  • Making choices

Student Achievement

  • Academic Skills
  • Life and Daily Living Skills
  • Vocational Skills

Character Development

  • Safety
  • Respectfulness
  • Responsibility
  • Self Esteem and Confidence


Our Celebrations

Reaching for the StarsFaculty and Staff have much to celebrate at CCSS:

  • Alternate MSA Reading Scores: 80% of students were Proficient/Advanced
  • Alternate MSA Mathematics Scores: 84% of students were Proficient/Advanced
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) Awards: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Gold School, 2009 Silver School, and 2008 Green School
  • Maryland State Special Olympics Program: Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalists
  • Maryland Masters Student Award for Worcester County from the MD State Comptroller – Kamau Ndirangu
  • Professional Development School
  • 2015 School Maintenance and Cleanliness: Superior Rating
  • 2015 Building Energy Reduction Award – 13% Decrease in Energy Usage
  • 2015 Parent Involvement Matters Award Finalist – Mrs. Stephanie Drimal
  • Community Foundation Education Grant Award
  • Rotary Foundation Grand Award
  • TangerKID Education Grant Award
  • Elks Pocomoke Grant Award



Our Strategic Planning

As part of the School Improvement Plan, CCSS conducts an Annual Review each year, which gives staff the opportunity to review the year and report student progress.  The following are the School Improvement Projects for SY14-15:

Project 1 – Guided Mathematics

Given a school-wide Guided Mathematics program grounded in daily structured lessons, students with significant cognitive disabilities will increase student performance on the Modified Learning Trajectories Assessment by twenty percentage points higher than individual baseline assessments.

The purpose of the Guided Mathematics Project is to create an assessment tool for targeting and improving basic foundational mathematics skills for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Students will participate in daily structured Guided Mathematics lessons based on the Modified Learning Trajectories Assessment in the areas of Counting, Numerals, Comparing and Ordering Numbers, Recognizing Numbers and Subitizing.

Project 2 – Social Emotional/Character Development

Given a school-wide Social-Emotional Vocabulary List created through a collaborative process, students with significant cognitive disabilities will increase student performance by twenty percentage points higher than individual baseline assessments.

The purpose of the Social-Emotional Vocabulary Project is to create a tool for improving student communication skills. By developing a school-wide strategic list of high frequency social-emotional vocabulary that can be incorporated into daily guided reading as well as group reading lessons, students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on, repetitive activities that will support language development for students who are non-verbal or have limited communication skills.

Project 3 – Multiple Pathways

Given a Multiple Pathways Visual Diagram created through a collaborative process with local agencies, instructional staff of students with significant cognitive disabilities will rate their understanding of the post-graduation process at 90% utilizing a customized survey based on the multiple pathways available for students receiving a Certificate of Completion at graduation.

The purpose of the Multiple Pathways Project is to create a visual tool for improving post-graduation awareness. Staff will use this tool to educate parents and families during a Family Dinner that will be held at WCDC where students can see first hand how and where they could work after graduation.

Project 4 – Health and Wellness

Given a list of various health and wellness activities, 100% of CCSS staff will earn points in order to contribute to team points as part of a quarterly CCSS Workplace Challenge.

The purpose of the Health and Wellness Project is to create a working environment that values the health and wellness of all staff members and to promote a positive means to facilitate the daily stress. By creating opportunities for all staff to be externally rewarded for embracing a healthy life style, faculty and staff may be internally motivated to participate even after meeting their initial goal.