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WELCOME to NHS Schools

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Latest News:

NHS New Jersey Celebrates Halloween (OCT 29, 2015) - NHS Schools Kick-Off Trauma Informed Care
As one of the pilot programs participating in the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) implementation project at NHS, the NHS School directors and teachers across Pennsylvania were introduced to the ABCs of trauma in August, in preparation for the new school year. This important initiative was widely accepted by all staff, and several employees volunteered to become local champions for their schools. Because the NHS Schools are geographically spread out across the state, a "Trauma Informed Champion" has been identified at each school to support this cultural shift at the local level. The official kick-off event at each school, held on October 20, was met with great enthusiasm, and the team is looking forward to learning more and teaching others!


Several staff commented about this critical initiative:
"We are celebrating voices"
"When home is tough, making students feel good at school is important"
"The resiliency they display is amazing"
"There are many layers which we need to be aware of when working with the students"

Heather Tustin, executive director of administration and quality assurance, is part of the Corporate Core Implementation Team that will be leading the Schools in developing and achieving their divisional goals. The goal for the first year of TIC in the Schools is "Education"; teaching staff to understand trauma, and how we can best interact and support the students we serve. We will be focusing on two of the seven domains of TIC; Domain 3 - Trauma-Informed, Educated and Responsive Workforce, and Domain 5 - Safe and Secure Environments. Heather and the Trauma Informed Champions really want to work on creating a safe and supportive environment not only for our students but our staff! Good luck to the NHS Schools in this endeavor and we look forward to sharing your progress.

New School Eases Way for Autistic Students - and Brightens a Neighborhood
Article provided by www.phillyvoice.com (OCT 08, 2015)

Welcome Letter:

Dear Parents and Friends,

Since August 2005, the NHS Schools have been serving our communities by offering the most advanced educational opportunities helping children with special needs learn based on their individual abilities, not their disabilities. Our students, parents, teachers, supporters, and friends are all important parts of this community. Through the dedication of all involved, our dream has grown to 18 schools across the state of Pennsylvania.

The NHS Schools offer a blend of quality behavioral health services with resilient education techniques to children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (NOS), and Asperger's Syndrome. As the rate of prevalence and demand for services has increased, NHS has been dedicated to improving its expertise and expanding the range of services provided to include students with Emotional Support (ES) needs.

Our Emotional Support classrooms encourage students who may be struggling with severe behaviors that are negatively affecting them in the traditional educational setting. We collaborate with our families to integrate a blended delivery of behavioral and educational framework. Our goal is to increase each child's community engagement focusing on the achievement of social skills, life skills, and pro-social behaviors. The success of our students is demonstrated through personal growth and the development of peer relationships.

Each year our schools work hard to create opportunities to strengthen ties with our community. Last year, students participated in the Special Olympics, and they raised funds and awareness for multiple charities including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Operation Support Our Soldiers, the Humane Society, the Salvation Army and numerous food pantries. I am very proud that so many of our students have been able to give back to their neighborhoods by supporting local fundraising efforts and creating their own fundraising initiatives to support local families and charities in need.

We continually work to enhance the NHS continuum of care by developing programs that are individualized to reflect and respect each young life we support.

Karen Markle
Executive Vice President, Education and Autism Division


Enriching lives by providing exceptional services through an individualized approach.


Creating communities where everyone is empowered to take meaningful steps toward reaching their fullest potential.

Core Values:

Compassion | Diversity | Integrity | Quality | Safety | Trust

About NHS Schools:

The NHS Schools strive to meet the unique needs of children and adolescents by enhancing their social and emotional ability. With a proven history of collaboration with students, families, and public school districts, NHS has developed a range of educational services that blend behavioral and emotional therapies in a learning environment.

NHS has built a continuum of care throughout the state of Pennsylvania by providing educational services which include licensed private academic schools, in-district classrooms, consultation services, training programs and transition services. NHS provides caring support focusing on the individual's needs using evidence-based programming. Our strengths-based educational programs service two distinct populations: individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and individuals with Emotional Support needs. NHS has expanded the available school locations to provide services across 18 campuses throughout Pennsylvania.

NHS provides services regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, disability, age, or limited English proficiency.