The Eastern Shore is no exception to Maryland’s reputation for quality public education. The state’s impressive track record includes top rankings in SAT scores and per-pupil expenditures. Area youth receive an outstanding education in neighborhood schools, where programs for the gifted as well as the challenged meet the needs of every student. Extensive computer training adds new-millennium skills to a strong traditional curriculum, preparing tomorrow’s leaders for success in a highly competitive world.
Vocational-technical schools and community colleges offer a network of convenient educational opportunities, from specialized training to college-track programs. Regardless of where you settle on the Eastern Shore, the resources of a community college are guaranteed to be minutes from home. Residents can take choose from the wealth of institutions of higher education within the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, or take advantage of the four-year colleges and universities right on the shore. Choices range from the intimate atmosphere of a private college like Washington College or state-supported institutions like Salisbury State University and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
The Eastern Shore’s state-of-the-art healthcare system is characterized by easy access to a wide variety of cost-effective facilities. Shore Health System functions as a vital contributor to the region, coordinating a regional network of hospitals, primary-care physician practices, home health services and emergency medical care. Located in Salisbury, the Peninsula Regional Medical Center is a 377-bed acute-care hospital with comprehensive medical and surgical services and a full range of specialties that include cancer care. Health and social services are enriched by volunteers and skilled staff members alike, from prevention programs and nursing/clinical services to counseling centers and hospices.
Public School Requirements
To be eligible to start kindergarten, a student must be five years of age by December 31. (Some counties use January 1 as the eligibility date. Consult your local school administration for verification.)
To enroll a student in the public school system, bring: Birth certificate, Report card and transcripts from previous school, Proof of immunizations
Federal law requires free education for all handicapped children between the ages of 2 and 22. Mandated state programs include supplemental reading programs for economically disadvantaged children, school food service and adult vocational education.
Eastern Shore Non-Public Schools
State of Maryland Department of Education Non-public Schools List
The state of Maryland Department of education keeps a list of state approved non-public schools. These schools are certified by the state.