Lower School (Atco)

The Archway Lower School, located in Waterford Township, is a NJ DOE Approved Private School for Students with Disabilities (APSSD). The Lower School provides a nurturing and educational experience for students ages 3 through 21 with Multiple Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Communication Disabilities, other Health Impairments and Pre-School Disabilities (PSD).

Students, who may also be challenged socially, medically, neurologically, and economically, receive not just an education, but additional support services needed to succeed in life. Learning takes place in traditional classroom settings with a high level of personal attention. Certified teachers, counselors and therapists work with students in small class environments, delivering caring educational services that all parents desire for their children. Vocational training classes , as well as work-study experiences complement the students’ life skills program and prepare them for post graduate placement.

The Lower School staff continues to investigate new and innovative methodologies to enhance  student achievement. Equally as important to providing a good education for our students is preparing them to live independently. Archway provides a wide variety of support services, including behavior and stress management techniques, occupational and speech therapies, as well as physical therapy including collaborating with outside agencies to assist in the fitting, purchasing and monitoring of adaptive equipment/mobility devices.

The Lower School curriculum also offers fun activities and social interaction, so important in any stimulating school program. A full-service cafeteria, large gymnasium, two swimming facilities and a lake-side setting ideal for fishing and boating, give our students the opportunity to learn and practice life skills in serene surroundings.

Referrals are made through home school child study team (CST) recommendations at no charge to parents.

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A Complete Program with Many Pluses…
10-Month Academic Program, 35-Day Extended School Year Program, individual counseling, OT, PT, Speech, Swim Instruction, Music Therapy, Art, Life Skills, Functional Academics, Adaptive Physical Education, Horticulture/Floral Design, Pre-vocational and Vocational Instruction, Work Study, and Transition Planning.

Career Education Program
Offering Direction, Experience, Confidence, Unlimited Growth and Opportunity

The Archway Career Education Program combines school and community-based learning to empower an often times stigmatized population of students to help develop positive work attitudes, essential job skills and prepare for the school-to-work transition. The program is open to Archway School students of all abilities and skills, ages 14-21, based on the Archway Schools’ main campus in Waterford and Evesham Townships. The program compliments career-related classroom lessons that include components of the New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Content Standards for workplace readiness.

The program features a number of vocational and career training opportunities including: on-campus work experience, job training orientation, office work and production, classroom instruction, off-campus job samplings, sheltered workshop phrases, cooperative education and job placement. Archway’s Career staff incorporates classroom curriculum to the program to address each students’ IEP goals. Staff includes educators experienced in food service, multimedia design and technology, horticulture, job coaching and a certified New Jersey Department of Education Structured Learning Coordinator.

This program has several partnerships with local businesses to sustain meaningful employment opportunities for students. Off-campus jobs for students (ages 16-21) are through partnerships Archway has with successful businesses active in the local community. By partnering with other organizations that work to empower and promote the success of children, adolescents and early adults with special needs, the Career Education Program demonstrates leadership that provides direction to other organizations.

A Special Thanks to Our Dedicated, Corporate Sponsors…

Interested in learning more about Archway’s Career Education Program?
Visit our picturesque campus and experience the enthusiasm of our students and staff for this innovative program. Learn how a job and the promise of a future career builds character and pride in our students. See how students at all skill levels benefit from job preparation that leads to success in the workplace and life.

For more information and to schedule a visit, please contact:
Susan Lafferty, Executive Director of Education
856.767.5757 x 220


Physical Address:
Archway Lower School
280A Jackson Road
Atco, NJ 08004

Mailing Address:
Archway Lower School
280A Jackson Road
Atco, NJ 08004

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