Setting Students with ADHD up for College Success

Please join us Tuesday, May 7, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm for the second in our 2018-19 series of public engagement events.  This collaborative effort between The University of Maryland’s Brain and Behavior Initiative and Chelsea School is aimed at strengthening our community’s knowledge of learning disabilities.  Speakers, along with Chelsea School staff, will be available for a brief question and answer session following each presentation.

Dr. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed a clinical internship at the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty of the University of Maryland-College Park in 2002. Dr. Chronis-Tuscano directs the Maryland ADHD Program. her research focuses broadly on understanding early predictors of developmental outcomes for children with ADHD (including depression and alcohol/substance use) and developing novel treatments which target these early risk and protective factors. Much of this research has addressed issues related to maternal parenting and psychopathology (namely, maternal depression and ADHD). A secondary line of research, conducted in collaboration with faculty in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, aims to examine the trajectory of young children displaying early behavioral inhibition, including the development of psychopathology, and to intervene by targeting key moderators of outcome (e.g., parenting and social relationships).

Free & Open to the Public.

For directions, or to RSVP (encouraged), please contact:
(240) 467 – 2100

2019 Walk for Learning Differences

This Saturday, April 27, Chelsea School will hold its third annual Walk for Learning Differences. Students, parents, and teachers will get out in the community to raise awareness for learning differences, and the services available right here in Hyattsville.  

Our plan is to meet at 9:00am on the top deck of Chelsea’s parking garage (2970 Belcrest Center Drive in Hyattsville).  We will depart from the Chelsea School campus at 9:30am. Together, we will walk from Belcrest Road to Queensbury Road, and South on 42nd Avenue to Hyattsville Middle School.  Chelsea will join up with other community groups and walk in the Hyattsville City Parade, starting at 11:00am. We will finish the day at the Hyattsville Anniversary Carnival at Magruder Park.

As a non-profit, Chelsea is committed to keeping special education accessible in our community.  This is your chance to stand with Chelsea and help tell our story. If you haven’t already, visit and give the amount that’s comfortable for you.  Any amount helps, every amount makes a difference.  As always, please contact the school or your child’s Advisor for more information—we are always here to answer any questions!

Open House and Academic Fair

Please join us on April 4, 2019 for a unique opportunity to tour Chelsea and check out some work by our incredible students!

The Academic Fair features student projects and writings from throughout the year.  Student exhibits open at 6:00 pm, and displays range from the interactive to personal presentations.  Our Admissions Director and Leadership Corps will be available for questions and tours of the school.  Q&A begins at 7:00 pm.

All are welcome, but space is limited!  Please RSVP or send any questions to Debbie Lourie, Director of Admissions at or contact the school for more information.


2019 Walk for Learning Differences Fundraising Underway!

Chelsea students, staff, and families have officially started fundraising for our third annual Walk for Learning Differences. On Saturday, April 27, these Chelsea Champions will be walking over two miles—first on their own, then joining with the Hyattsville City Parade—to raise awareness for learning disabilities.

All proceeds from this event will directly support Chelsea’s Tuition Assistance Fund, and our commitment to keeping individualized education accessible.

To sponsor a student or staff member, head over to and provide a life-changing opportunity!

Chelsea School Open House!

Please join us at our next open house from 9:00 – 11:00 am on Thursday, January 24.  There will be guided tours, a presentation by our Admissions team, and a chance to talk to parents of current Chelsea students.  If you are interested in Chelsea as a prospective parent, or just learning about the services Chelsea School provides to the community, this is a great opportunity to see our school in action!
Space is ample, but limited.  Please RSVP to Debbie Lourie, Director of Admissions
240-467-2100 ext. 303

Chelsea Voices, Part 1

Chelsea Voices Pt.1

When you give to Chelsea, you help to provide an experience like Sincere’s—every gift, in any amount. Visit to make a donation.

Posted by Chelsea School -Hyattsville, Maryland on Friday, December 14, 2018

When you give to Chelsea, you provide an experience like Sincere’s—every gift, in any amount.  Visit to make a donation.

A better reader each day

Even at a young age, Elijah felt that school was a challenge.  As a struggling reader in public school, his parents knew there were other options for special education, but also knew time was a factor—a waiting list wouldn’t do.  When touring Chelsea, he “…saw small class sizes, and teachers that were able to take the time to help students that needed help.”  Elijah was able to start right away as a 6th grader at Chelsea School.  Now in the 11th grade, “I can read harder books” he says.  “Most recently, The One and Only Ivan, [by Katherine Applegate] was my favorite.”

As a Chelsea Knight who embraces his learning difference, Elijah offers this: “Keep trying your hardest.  If you need help, tell your parents.  Parents: listen to your kids.  If your kid is dyslexic, they need a lot of help.  I was lucky enough to have that help; my parents got me into a great school, and I’m a better reader each day.”

You can help students like Elijah reach the right school.  Chelsea’s ability to provide financial aid means accessible special education in our community.  Watch for more Chelsea voices, visit, and make a donation today!

Greetings Chelsea Family

Greetings Chelsea Family,

In this season of reflection and giving, I’d like to share an important reality of Chelsea School and the students we serve.  For some of our students, dyslexia is their entire world. It is their greatest obstacle to academic success; their greatest fear in postsecondary participation; their greatest challenge to rise above.  For others at Chelsea, it is the least of their worries. Some students receive more than financial aid from Chelsea—they receive lunch money, school supplies, metro fare, and sometimes clothing.

In the coming weeks, you will see messages for Chelsea’s end-of-year fundraising.  Your donations throughout this campaign will be used to support Chelsea’s Tuition Assistance Fund and the Student Emergency Fund—both of which help us keep special education accessible in our community.

Please watch for these messages, listen to the voices of these amazing students, and make a donation to support their hard work.  Help us silence the distractions of basic needs and boost the volume of a quality education. Help Chelsea provide that education to everyone in our community, regardless of their financial background.

Thank you for your time, and please do your best to support Chelsea School students!


The Mathematics of How Your Brain Learns Math

Chelsea School presents Dr. Richard Prather on October 25, 2018, at 7pm discussing his research on the cognitive processes involved in number and mathematical tasks, with the goal of improving children’s understanding of mathematics.

Please join us for the first in our 2018-19 series of public engagement events aimed at strengthening our community’s knowledge of learning disabilities. Speakers, along with Chelsea School staff, will be available for a question and answer session following each presentation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For directions or to RSVP (encouraged), please contact or call 240-467-2100.


Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome, Chelsea School family and friends, to our new and improved website. Thanks to our friends at ACS Creative, and through some generous grants that we’ve received, we’re proud to unveil a website that truly does our school proud!

When Kristal Weems-Bradner and I first saw the layout for the site, she said “We finally have the website that Chelsea deserves,” and I couldn’t agree more. Chelsea is a school for students who are focused on the future, engaged and stimulated by a college-preparatory environment, and nurtured and cared-for in a family-like environment. I think that the images and design of our new site conveys this beautifully. It’s easy for me to talk about how great our school is – how amazing our students and teachers are, but it’s another thing to capture that sentiment in words and images.

We tried to create a website that was visually appealing and told the story of who we are, while also being easy to navigate and useful to our parents, students, teachers, and visitors. The features and resources that this site provides far exceed anything we’ve had in the past. For parents, this site will connect them to all of the platforms and spaces they could ever need – from checking their child’s homework to paying for their school lunch.

It’s amazing how a first impression can create a lasting feeling about a place. As you know, being on the top floor of a retail space doesn’t give us a lot of curb appeal, and we know that new visitors to the school don’t really get a feel for what Chelsea is about until they enter our doors. Once they’re inside, they typically like what they see. Visitors are often amazed when they witness a change of classes at Chelsea – students are polite, they smile at you, they hold doors, they even stop to chat. When you talk to a Chelsea student, you encounter a young person who is eager to tell you their story – where they’ve been and where they’re going. We hope that our new website gives visitors that same sense of what we’re all about.

Enjoy the new space – it belongs to all of us!