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The Archway Schools Receive National Recognition as a School of Excellence
Jul 12, 2018

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has named The Archway Schools as a 2018-2019 School of Excellence. This is the fifth consecutive year The Archway Schools has received this award. Being selected as a NASET School for Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private education school can achieve through their professional association. This year, the honor was bestowed upon 102 private special education schools throughout the United States that met rigorous professional criteria and demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education. The Archway Schools are one of nineteen schools in the state of New Jersey and one of five schools in South Jersey who received this year’s NASET award.

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Special Needs Students Inspired by Helping Local Cancer Patients
Jul 10, 2018

Students from The Archway Schools were recently acknowledged as one of the Top Fundraising Schools in New Jersey by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients, the Student Series fundraising program.  This year, Archway’s Upper and Lower Schools joined forces to raise money and support the cause raising a total of $1,158.00. This is the seventh year that Archway’s Upper School has participated and the first year that the Lower School has joined in supporting the fight against blood cancer. In addition, the Archway Schools successfully completed the Pasta for Pennies Program, which awards the top fundraising classroom with a celebration party donated by the Olive Garden. Rather than having the Olive Garden celebratory lunch for their hard work, students generously decided to forgo the lunch and donate it to someone who needed it more than they did. The fundraiser took place throughout the month of May and the school received special recognition from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this past week for their participation and continued support in the Student Series fundraiser.

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Students with Special Needs Graduate with Life and Work Skills
Jun 20, 2018

Ten special needs students from The Archway Schools celebrated their graduation during two ceremonies held earlier this month. The Upper School graduation ceremony took place on Friday, June 1st, 2018 in the Upper School Gymnasium located in Evesham, New Jersey and the Lower School graduation ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in the Lower School Gymnasium located in Atco, New Jersey. Young men and women are now Archway’s youngest alumni – the Class of 2018. The rooms were filled with pride, many proud tears of joy and laughter as staff and students reminisced their favorite memories throughout the years and the many accomplishments as parents, staff members, family and friends gathered to celebrate the Archway graduates. Each student was called to the stage for the walk of triumph, as they received their diplomas.

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‘You can do whatever you want to do’
Jun 6, 2018

The Archway Schools hosted the 12th Annual Career and Technical Education Luncheon to celebrate the collaboration between the special needs schools’ working students and local business partners for on and off-campus jobs. The annual event was held at the special needs schools’ upper school gymnasium to celebrate the collaboration between Archways’ working students and the local businesses that offer on-and-off campus jobs to help students prepare for their post-graduation lives.

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Local People Achieving Big Things In South Jersey and Beyond
Jun 1, 2018

Students from Archway’s Just Kids Program at Tatem Elementary in Collingswood, created and won the NJSACC’s (New Jersey’s School Age Care Coalition) first ever annual Celebrate Afterschool Poster Contest! NJSACC, the Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, received over 100 posters from 14 different afterschool care programs throughout the great state of New Jersey. Poster submissions were due in March and created  by youth attending afterschool programs. Students in the Just Kids Program worked together and made a colorful puzzle piece poster listing out what they love to do in their afterschool program. They had a very special reason for choosing the artwork that they created.

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Archway Schools Host 12th Annual Career, Technical Education Luncheon
May 31, 2018

Archway Schools hosted its 12th annual Career and Technical Education Luncheon Wednesday, May 30th.

The event is put on each year to celebrate the relationship between the working students and local business partners for on and off-campus jobs. This year’s guest speaker was former Archway student Sam Toney who shared his story in hopes of inspiring current students and letting them know they aren’t alone. The Archway Schools’ Career Education Program enables students who have special needs with associated behavioral challenges to learn in the classroom and, on-the-job, the skills necessary to transition from school-to-work.

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Special Needs Schools Prepare For Career And Technical Education Luncheon
May 31, 2018

“We are fortunate to have so many long-standing relationships with local business partners and are grateful that our students get to benefit from real-work experience. Since the program was established, we have experienced tremendous growth. Archway alumni attend this event and being able to see how they benefited from the program and hear how well they are doing is incredibly rewarding. Each of our students have individualized needs, and staff helps prepare each of them, providing supports for life post-graduation,” said Brooke Chmura, Careers Teacher at Archway Programs.

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Special Needs Schools Prepare for Career and Technical Education Luncheon
May 25, 2018

Next week Archway Programs’ Upper and Lower Schools will host its 12th Annual Career and Technical Education Luncheon on to celebrate the relationship between the working students and cooperative employers who participated in this year’s Structured Learning Experience and Community Based Instruction programs on and off-campus. The invite-only event will take place on Wednesday, May 30th in the Upper School Gymnasium located in Evesham, New Jersey. At the luncheon, there will be a special guest speaker and awards will be given to the students who excel at their job, as well as an award for the employers who make the Career Education Program so successful. The guest speaker for this year’s 12th Annual Career and Technical Education Luncheon is former Archway student, Sam Toney. Mr. Toney attended Archway’s Upper School for six years and graduated in 2010. During this time, he played on Archway’s basketball team and won the Student of the Year Award in 2010. Archway Programs’ staff is eager to have him speak at the event and is looking forward to students hearing his story. Mr. Toney’s hindsight can be another student’s foresight.

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Enterprise Holdings Foundation Donates $1,000.00 to Archway Programs
May 21, 2018

Archway Programs recently received a donation from Enterprise Holdings Foundation for the children served in their Partial Care Services Youth Programs, HOPE and DISCOVER. Children in the HOPE (Help, Optimism, Preparation, Empowerment) and DISCOVER (Direction, Improvement, Structure, Creativity, Oversight, Vision, Encouragement, Reward) Programs are between the ages of five and eighteen with behavior and/or emotional concerns that interfere with their daily living. With the donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Partial Care Services staff will be able to set up a “chill station” in each of the five group rooms to promote therapeutic, self-calming strategies and help nurture a sense of relaxation and healing. Adding the “chill stations” will provide students with a positive, safe place to give them a mental break to re-focus and calm down so they can return back to their group setting. This will allow the students to briefly get time away but still be in the same room under observation.

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Students Visit Senior Center for a Special Mother’s Day Activity
May 14, 2018

Students from The Archway Schools’ Horticulture Program visited the residents of The Fountains at Cedar Parke for a special Mother’s Day Flower Arranging Demonstration. Under the direction of Horticulture Instructors Kristine Henle-Blank and Hannah Gunson, the students showed residents how to create beautiful Mother’s Day Teacup Arrangements with colorful flowers and greenery. There was plenty of light-hearted conversation and socializing, as both students and residents shared stories, smiles and new found friendships. This was the second flower arranging demonstration by the Archway School students coordinated by both Horticulture Instructors, Careers Teacher Brooke Chmura, along with Susan Mantz, Activities Director of The Fountains at Cedar Parke.

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