Welcome to ADSArchbishop Damiano School (ADS), located on the campus of St. John of God Community Services is a state approved, private special education day school serving students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities ages three through twenty-one. Services are provided at no cost to families.
ADS provides a nurturing, age-appropriate and positive learning atmosphere that focuses on helping each student reach their fullest potential. This is accomplished with certified special education teachers, licensed therapists, skilled paraprofessionals and excellent nursing services. Read More
Related services are a critical service component of Archbishop Damiano School. The school employs 20 professionals in the areas of speech, occupational and physical therapy. Last year our therapists provided over 36,000 therapy sessions. Each therapy session focused on individual therapy goals that support each student’s academic program.. Read More
Welcome to Archbishop Damiano School
Just a reminder....
Archbishop Damiano School will be closed for Spring Break from Friday, April 18, through Wednesday, April 23. The school's administrative offices will also be closed during the break.
Parents & Friends News
The May 21st Parents & Friends will feature Mobility Vans who will do a presentation on handicapped accessible vans. In conjunction with this presentation Adrienne Nolan, ADS physical therapist and certified car safety technician, will be available to check the safety of installed children’s car seats. Click the following link for more details. Car_Seat_Safety_Inspection_5-2014.pdf
We are conducting a Parent Interest survey to identify topics of interest for next year’s Parents & Friends meetings. Click the following link for a copy of the survey.
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Riding lesson in the gym
The brook trout being raised as part of the Trout in the Classroom Project will be released into the Toms River on May 9th. The ADS Super Stars 4-H Club will travel to the Forest River Resource Education Center to participate in the release. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a wildlife activties with the park ranger. The project has been a great learning experience for all our students. It was a unique opportunity to actually see the trout grow from eggs to young trout. Hopefully we will be participating in the next year's project!
The Quail Are Back!!!
For the second year in a row Archbishop Damiano School is participating in the Quail in the Classroom Project. Last year we successfully raised 20 bobwhite quails. Nineteen quails were released into the wild, while one quail, affectionally known as Tim, became a classroom instructional quail with the Project. For information on last year's Quail Projected see the April 12, 2013 article in the Archives under the About Us tab.
Boo the BIG Therapy Dog
Our most recent visitor to ADS was Boo the BIG therapy dog. Boo visited with students in the library. The students had the opportunity to hear stories about big dogs and to interact with Boo. It was hard to tell who had the best time: students, staff, or Boo.
A Celebration of Wellness
Over 40 students completed the February Wellness challenge by completing all the activities on the February Wellness Calendar. Students who completed the Wellness challenge particpated in a special wellness event held in the gym. April's Wellness Calendar and challenge can be found under the parent tab above. Parents are encouraged to help their child complete this month's wellness activities which are both fun and healthy.
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Students from Room 5 enjoying their plant sale purchases