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NHS Schools - Philadelphia

WELCOME to NHS School - PHILADELPHIA

We currently provide services to students with an autism diagnosis who are 5-21 years of age. At our school we provide a multidisciplinary approach to meeting the individual needs of each and every student. We shape the educational program to fit the unique circumstances of the child, as opposed to forcing conformance to a one-size-fits-all curriculum. As an Applied Behavior Analysis, facilitated-communication, academic school, we provide child-centered instruction based upon the unique interests of each student.

In addition, to providing a link between home, school, and the plethora of issues that accompany an autism diagnosis, we have partnered with Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which permits us to offer weekly, specialized psychiatric support to our students. While we don't cure Autism, we do take pride in educating the student and shaping behaviors to assist each one of them in better assimilating into society.
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Brandon-success story The staff at the NHS School Philadelphia are proud to announceBrandon S. from Mr. Dylan's autism support classroom has transitioned back to his regular classroom at his home high school in the Philadelphia School District. He's been attending morning classes at the NHS School Philadelphia and then goes to his afternoon classes at his high school to aide in the transition process. The prospect of leaving a place that is very close-knit, comfortable, and familiar for a setting that is large and filled with new challenges seemed intimidating to Brandon, wondering, "how will I do there?" or "will I be able to make it again there?"

A moment of celebration occurred on the afternoon of January 23, when Mr. Dylan received an unexpected phone call. It was from Brandon, who called with the news that he received an A on an algebra test he took at his new high school. Not only did Brandon earn an A, but he did not even know he was scheduled to take the test. Mr. Dylan and the entire education team at the NHS School Philadelphia beamed with pride as Brandon exclaimed, "I know I can do it now!"
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David  C. Fales - Director  of OperationsCONTACT INFO:

Name: David C. Fales, MA, NCC, LPC
Title: Director of Operations
Email: DFales@nhsonline.org    
Phone: 215-671-5101
School Address: 2900 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA  19154 (view on map)
School Phone Number: 215-671-5155
Archived News from School Year 2013-2014

Spirit Week

The students and staff at the NHS School in Philadelphia ended the month of May with a bang, as Spirit Week 2014 was celebrated all across campus. The celebration started on Monday – which was the Memorial Day holiday (No School!), and then continued on Tuesday with "Show Your Team Pride Day." Students and staff wore jerseys and hats of their favorite sports teams. The fun continued on Wednesday with "Crazy Hat Day." There was no shortage of creativity in the hats donned by both students and staff members! The silliness continued on Thursday with "It's KrissKross – Wear Your Clothes Backward Day." Everything culminated on Friday with our annual Field Day festivities. We had great fun celebrating our individuality and our unity at our very special school!

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The Circus Comes to NHS Schools' Field Day

It was a circus atmosphere at the joint field day celebration for the NHS Schools Philadelphia and Warrington on Friday, May 30. The festivities took place on the NHS Woodhaven Campus in Northeast Philadelphia, and began with all staff, students and guests participating in a brisk and energetic walk around the long campus drive in honor of their good friend Matty. Once the walk was completed, students, staff and family members enjoyed a variety of circus-themed activities and food, including posing for portraits with the bearded/mustached lady, performing acrobatic flips in the giant moon bounce, jumping through watery hoops on the giant slip-and slide, and eating freshly-spun cotton candy. There was a fabulous turnout of family members and guests for a fantastic day that won't soon be forgotten. The students are looking forward to Field Day 2015!

Field Day Field Day

Mothers' Tea

It was a taste of high society at our school on Friday, May 9, as students hosted their mothers, grandmothers, and other distinguished guests for the first annual Mothers' Tea in honor of Mother's Day. Students diligently prepared all week for the event by individually potting marigolds to give to each of their mothers, preparing fancy cucumber-and-hummus sandwiches (with the crusts cut-off, of course), and even setting-up and decorating the entire campus gymnasium on their own for the event. A variety of both hot and cold teas were offered, and the students and their families enjoyed spending an afternoon of quality time and casual conversation. We loved honoring our moms!

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Autism Walk and Student Bench Memorial Dedication at the NHS Woodhaven Campus

Autism WalkWEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 @10am

Please join the students and staff from the NHS Schools Philadelphia and Warrington on a walk around the NHS Woodhaven Campus to celebrate and support our students and other consumers with Autism. The event will begin with a memorial dedication ceremony in honor of one of our students, Jake Harkins, who tragically passed away earlier this school year. This will take place at the playground by the school.

The walk will begin at the NHS Woodhaven Administration Building, following the main campus drive – walking left from the flagpole, around the main drive, then ending back at the Administration Building for the conclusion.

Please be sure to grab a refreshing drink upon finishing the walk, thanks to a donation made by our event sponsors at Wawa.

Celebrating Unity Day

Staff and students at the NHS School Philadelphia and NHS School Warrington celebrated Unity Day in a number of unique and fun ways. The staff and students dressed up in orange clothing to show their unity. Some classrooms served special orange snacks, including orange milk and orange pudding. Other classes dedicated time to teaching special lessons on bullying, and what it means to be a buddy instead of a bully. With the unity enthusiasm these classrooms have, bullying doesn't stand a chance at our schools!

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'Action Karate' Visits Our School

Students from the NHS School in Philadelphia and NHS School Warrington came together for an afternoon of martial arts and physical fitness instruction at the NHS Woodhaven Gymnasium on September 27. The staff from Action Karate demonstrated a number of basic skills in martial arts and self-defense for the students, and then had the students practice their moves directly with the instructors. They were so impressed with the students and had such a great time,that they volunteered to be a corporate sponsor for the NHS Team Voices for Autism at the upcoming Walk Now for Autism Speaks event in Philadelphia!

Thanks to Action Karate, and great job NHS School students!

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Fire Safety Week

In recognition of Fire Safety Week, the Philadelphia Fire Department's Comly Road Station team brought their ladder truck to the NHS School Philadelphia on October 8 and spoke to the students about fire safety and prevention. The students were given the opportunity to climb inside the fire truck and explore the contents. Students also posed for pictures with the firefighters and the fire truck. This was the second time this year that the Comly Road Station team visited the NHS School in Philadelphia.

We thank them for their dedication to educating our students about fire safety!


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Archived News from School Year 2012-2013

Staying Cool in the Hot Weather!

The last day of the 2013 Extended School Year Program was a wet-and-wild blast for the students at the NHS School Philadelphia. The students took a trip to the Junod Playground, a water playground only one mile away from campus. The students and staff had a wonderful time together as they ran through the jets of water which were sprayed at them from out of the sidewalk and out of the playground equipment. It was a great way to end a memorable summer experience, with friends having one last chance to enjoy each other’s company before saying ‘good-bye’ until the Fall. We’ll see everyone next school year!

NHS School Philadelphia Stays Cool in the Hot Weather! NHS School Philadelphia Stays Cool in the Hot Weather! NHS School Philadelphia Stays Cool in the Hot Weather!

Private Screening of Despicable Me 2!

The students from the NHS School Philadelphia experienced first class treatment at the AMC Theater in the Franklin Mills Mall. A private showing of Despicable Me 2 was held with an entire movie theater reserved just for the students and staff of the school! The AMC staff took special care to accommodate every special need, including perfectly adjusting the lighting and sound so each student was comfortable and could enjoy the show. When the students returned to the school, they created life-sized "minions" (characters from the movie) as an art project to display around the school.

Special thanks go out to the staff at the AMC Theater for their hospitality and effortless accommodation of our students and staff. The staff at the theater demonstrated that they truly care, and are supportive of individuals with autism.

NHS School Philadelphia Receives Private Screening of Despicable Me 2! NHS School Philadelphia Receives Private Screening of Despicable Me 2!

Exploring the Local Fire Department's Truck!

The students at the NHS School Philadelphia were paid a special visit by the Philadelphia Fire Department's Comly Road Station team. The Engine 22/Ladder 31 crew drove the department's giant ladder truck right onto campus and demonstrated its many life-saving features to the students and staff. The students got to see the ladder on the back of the truck fully-extended in the air, and even got the chance to spray water from a real, high-pressure fire hose. The crew from the fire department discussed fire safety with the students and staff, answered questions, and posed for pictures.

Thanks so much to the Comly Road Station crew for generously sharing their time, their equipment and their knowledge of fire safety!

NHS School Philadelphia Explores Local Fire Department's Truck! NHS School Philadelphia Explores Local Fire Department's Truck! NHS School Philadelphia Explores Local Fire Department's Truck!

NHS School Philadelphia Explores Local Fire Department's Truck!

NHS Schools Reading and Philadelphia Go Bowling

NHS Schools Reading and Philadelphia Go Bowling NHS Schools Reading and Philadelphia Go BowlingNHS Schools Reading and Philadelphia held a bowling tournament at Arnold's Family Fun Center in Oaks, PA on May 29.

The students enjoyed the opportunity to bowl against one another, play fun arcade and table games, eat delicious food and make new friends from a sister school. Thank you to the team at Arnold's for their hospitality and accommodations.

Earth Day

Students and staff celebrated Earth Day “The NHS Way!” on Monday, April 22. Two classrooms demonstrated their commitment to the NHS Core Values of Social Responsibility and Stewardship by picking up trash and debris on the 72-acre NHS Woodhaven Campus. While hard work was taking place outside, creativity was being displayed inside the school. Another classroom was committing to the NHS Core Values of Diversity and Teamwork, by working together to create personalized Earth Day tee-shirts, which the students wore proudly!

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NHS School Philadelphia Celebrates Earth Day

World Autism Awareness Day

The students and staff at the NHS School Philadelphia recognized World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 by Lighting It Up Blue and wearing blue clothing. The students were so enthusiastic about Light It Up Blue, some chose to wear blue the next day, April 3, for their weekly bowling trip to the Brunswick Zone in Feasterville, PA.

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Demetrius Celebrates his First Birthday Party!

Demetrius, a student in one of the autism support classes at NHS School Philadelphia, celebrated his 14th birthday on January 18 with his first ever birthday party. Up to this point in his life Demetrius has never experienced a birthday party with any peers or friends. This year his family decided to throw him a special birthday party, held at the Philadelphia school, that included school staff and his classmates. Demetrius' classmates were very happy to attend and decorated a special birthday banner in his honor. The staff, students and Demetrius' family enjoyed birthday cake and other treats!

Student Celebrates his First Birthday Party! Student Celebrates his First Birthday Party!

Annual Holiday Show

Students and the staff at the NHS School Philadelphia participated in the annual holiday show at the NHS Woodhaven Campus. The students performed musical numbers such as "Feliz Navidad, "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "Skinnamarink," and ended their performance by ringing-in the holiday season with a rousing version of "Jingle Bells" – complete with real bells and fake snow.

After the show, students and staff invited family members and guests back to the school building for coffee, tea, holiday cookies and an opportunity to tour the classrooms and to check-out the holiday decorations. The students and staff wish everyone a very happy holiday season!

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The NHS Philadelphia School Receives Generous Donations!

The NHS School in Philadelphia received two very useful pieces of Occupational Therapy equipment, a therapeutic water table and sand tray, from the Director of the Adult Day Training Program at the NHS Woodhaven Campus. These apparatus will enhance the academic and adaptive functioning experiences of the students who use them. The school and students at the school express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the adult program for their thoughtfulness and charity! Continuing the spirit of giving on the NHS Woodhaven campus, Mr. George, the campus electrician, donated a large amount of toys to the students at the school. The students express their thanks to Mr. George for his kindheartedness and generosity during this holiday season!

Students Help with Winter Clothing Drive

The students at the NHS School Philadelphia helped sort and box donated clothing that was collected as part of the 2012 Winter Clothing Drive. Students gathered donations from three different NHS locations to be donated to children being supported by the Treatment Foster Care (TFC) programs operated by NHS in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Thank you to all who donated, and to our students for their help!

Students Help with Winter Clothing Drive

The NHS School in Philadelphia Prepares for their Annual Holiday Program

The NHS School in Philadelphia began their formal dress rehearsals this week in preparation for the December 14 Holiday Program at the NHS Woodhaven Campus Auditorium. Different classrooms are diligently preparing their routines for the big day, which includes Frosty the Snowman and Feliz Navidad. At the show's conclusion, parents and family members will be invited back to the school building for holiday cookies, coffee, tea and an opportunity to view the students' holiday decorations in the classrooms and hallways. Best of luck to the students as they prepare for their big performances!

Students at the NHS School in Philadelphia go Bowling

On November 14, students at the NHS School Philadelphia participated in their inaugural, weekly bowling outing at the Brunswick Zone in Feasterville, PA. This new, recurring event provides the students with opportunities to develop and practice social and community integration skills in a fun and safe environment. Thanks and appreciation are extended to the staff at the Brunswick Zone and to NHS School teacher, Brittany D. for making arrangements to have our kids bowl for free, receive a reduced shoe rental rate, and have four lanes reserved just for us every Wednesday!

Students at the NHS School in Philadelphia go Bowling

NHS School in Philadelphia Hosts Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thanksgiving LuncheonOn November 15, the students and staff at the NHS School Philadelphia hosted an open house and Thanksgiving luncheon for the students' families and the support staff at the NHS Woodhaven Campus that take such good care of our school buildings. The students did their part by decorating and setting up tables and chairs in the gymnasium for the event, while the school staff donated and prepared all of the homemade side dishes and desserts.

Attendees were treated to a true, traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings. Students created artwork for the event that symbolized or described special things they are thankful for this year.

New Sensory Room Opens at NHS School in Philadelphia!

The NHS School in Philadelphia has opened a new and improved sensory room to include gross and fine motor skills activities which meet the needs of their students. To help students decrease hypersensitivity and to increase awareness of their senses, a special squeeze machine has been included. The school has also added spinning discs, jump ropes, and sensory peanut balls. The NHS School in Philadelphia is very excited to have access to the new equipment, and that they have the opportunity to integrate it into the students' sensory plans.

New Sensory Room