NHS Schools


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Licensed Private Academic Schools and Classrooms

The NHS Schools are licensed private academic schools that combine behavioral expertise and educational services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and students with emotional support needs in grades K-12 (ages 5-21). NHS believes that merging behavioral expertise with a comprehensive educational program creates a stable, nurturing environment that provides students with confidence and skills to reach their fullest potential. The first NHS School opened in 2005. Since 2005, NHS has opened 17 schools located in ALTOONA, APOLLO, CARLISLE, CHAMBERSBURG, EAST FREEDOM, ELLSWORTH, GREENSBURG, HARRISBURG, HERMINIE, LATROBE, PHILADELPHIA, READING, SCRANTON, SOMERSET, STATE COLLEGE, WARRINGTON and YORK and serve 383 students in 123 different school districts and 56 counties across Pennsylvania.

The goal of the NHS Schools is to provide academic instruction while increasing each child's environmental engagement with a focus on the development of social skills, life skills and pro-social behaviors. A student's success is demonstrated and measured through personal growth and learning, development of peer relationships, and participation in their environment and community activities. The academic curriculum is determined by the student's IEP goals, home school district and academic assessments. Ancillary services such as Speech and Occupational Therapy are available through the NHS School as identified in the student's IEP.

The NHS Schools believe in preparing students for life after school. Therefore, the NHS Transition Program starts the minute the students enroll. Teachers develop transition lessons for students ages 5-21 to assist in building the skills necessary to advocate for their needs and achieve individualized goals in the following areas: post secondary education, job/career placements, independent living and community involvement. Students are given the opportunity to further develop their skills through transition opportunities such as career exploration field trips, job shadowing, lessons at our Skill Development Centers, on-site simulated work environments and community job placements.

In-District Classrooms

NHS' In-District Classrooms provide specialized educational and behavioral services for children/adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or emotional support (ES) needs within the home school district. In-District Classrooms maximize opportunities for integration and embrace the Chapter 14 Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) expectations for special education students. A typical NHS classroom includes a minimum of one Pennsylvania certified Special Education Teacher, one Classroom Assistant, and one Integration Specialist (ASD classroom) or Behavior Shaping Specialist (ES classroom) to work within each class of eight/twelve full-time students. These classrooms utilize the home district curriculum and additional NHS supported curriculum. Students receive additional specialized instruction in the following areas: communication, life skills, social skills, pro-social behaviors, bully prevention, and transition skills.

Value Added Services

  • Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer
  • Strength Based Assessment
  • ECLIPSE – Teaching Self-Regulation, Executive Function, Attribution, and Sensory Awareness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
  • Transition Services- Skill Development Center, On-Site Work Environments and Community-Based Job Placements
  • IEP Writer
  • Intramural Basketball
  • SNAG – Starting New at Golf
  • Community Outreach
  • Special Olympics
  • Scramble for Scholars Scholarship and Mentoring Program
  • Food Scholarships
  • Nursing Services

Locations

Location Director Address County Phone

Altoona
mshildt@nhsonline.org

Melanie Shildt
AA: Meredith Schoonmaker

1012 8th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

Blair

814-944-3733

Apollo
amarkey@nhsonline.org

Alexandra Markey
AA: Jessica Camarote

109 Owens View Road
Apollo, PA 15613

Armstrong

724-478-2223

Carlisle
snapoli@nhsonline.org

Suzanne Napoli/Delilah Wilcox
AA:  Laura Strawser

898 Waggoner’s Gap Road
Carlisle, PA 17013

Cumberland

717-249-4525

Chambersburg
mkirton@nhsonline.org

Margaret Kirton

2593 Philadelphia Ave. Unit 14
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Franklin

717-261-1163

East Freedom
mshildt@nhsonline.org

Melanie Shildt
AA: Meredith Schoonmaker

2879 Everett Road
East Freedom, PA  16637

Blair

814-696-3390

Ellsworth
ccoulson@nshonline.org

Cindy Coulson

3 Oak Street, P.O. Box 625
Ellsworth, PA 15331

Washington

724-239-2539

Greensburg
amarkey@nhsonline.org

Alexandra Markey
AA: Jessica Camarote

820 Carbon Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

Westmoreland

724-600-7230

Harrisburg
jlowry@nhsonline.org

Jessica Lowry

6003 Jonestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112

Dauphin

717-657-0149

Herminie
plong@nhsonline.org

Pamela Giebel/Anita Fink
AA: Jen Spennati

121 St. Edwards Lane
Herminie, PA 15637

Westmoreland

724-446-7282

Latrobe
htberry@nhsonline.org

Helen Tautkus-Berry
AA:  Danielle Koelsch

224 St. Cecilia Road
Latrobe, PA  15650

Westmoreland

724-424-9185

Philadelphia
dfales@nhsonline.org

David Fales/Dylan James
AA: Maria Rosario

2900 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Philadelphia

215-671-5155

Reading
cocker@nhsonline.org

Corlene Ocker
AA:  Tangi Readinger

641 Gregg Avenue
Reading, PA 19611

Berks

610-208-0466

Scranton
cfarrell@nhsonline.org

Cecelia Farrell
AA: Diane McIntyre

316 William Street
Scranton, PA  18508

Lackawanna

570-496-4300

Somerset
htberry@nhsonline.org

Helen Tautkus-Berry
Michele Hauer

892 Stoystown Road
Somerset, PA  15501

Somerset

814-443-3113
814-443-3095

St. Anne’s
dfales@nhsonline.org

David Fales

2343 East Tucker Street
Philadelphia, PA  19125

Philadelphia

Coming Soon

State College
bmaines@nhsonline.org

Brandon Maines
AA: Tonya Sunday

1400 Fox Hill Road, #100
State College, PA 16801

Centre

814-237-2870

Warrington
dfales@nhsonline.org

David Fales

40 Valley Road, P.O. Box 626
Warrington, PA 18976

Bucks

215-293-9092

York
jlowry@nhsonline.org

Jessica Lowry

3151 W. Market Street
York, PA 17404

York

717-792-2304

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