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


Location Director Address County Phone
ALTOONA Melanie Shildt 1012 8th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
Blair 814-944-3733
APOLLO Alexandra Markey 109 Owens View Road
Apollo, PA 15613
Armstrong 724-478-2223
CARLISLE Suzanne Napoli 898 Waggoner's Gap Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
Cumberland 717-249-4525
CHAMBERSBURG Margaret Kirton 2593 Philadelphia Ave Unit 14, Chambersburg, PA 17201 Franklin 717-261-1163
EAST FREEDOM Melanie Shildt 2879 Everett Road
East Freedom, PA 16637
Blair 814-696-3390
ELLSWORTH Daniel Neff 3 Oak Street, P. O. Box 625
Ellsworth, PA 15331
Washington 724-239-2539
GREENSBURG Alexandra Markey 820 Carbon Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
Westmoreland 724-600-7230
HARRISBURG Marcy Smith 6003 Jonestown Road,
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Dauphin 717-657-0149
HERMINIE Pamela Long 121 St. Edwards Lane
Herminie, PA 15637
Westmoreland 724-446-7282
LATROBE Helen Tautkus-Berry 224 St. Cecilia Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
Westmoreland 724-424-9185
PHILADELPHIA David Fales 2900 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Philadelphia 215-671-5155
READING Corlene Ocker 641 Gregg Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Berks 610-208-0466
SCRANTON Cecelia Farrell 316 William Street
Scranton, PA 18508
Lackawanna 570-496-4300
SOMERSET Helen Tautkus-Berry 892 Stoystown Road
Somerset, PA 15501
Somerset 814-443-3113
STATE COLLEGE Brandon Maines 3020 Research Drive
State College, PA 16801
Centre 814-237-2870
WARRINGTON David C. Fales 40 Valley Road,
Warrington, PA 18976
Bucks 215-293-9092
YORK Amy Parker 3151 W. Market St.
York, PA 17404
York 717-792-2304