Our Mission & Values

Our mission at ADS is to provide an exceptional educational and therapeutic experience for our students with knowledge and compassion. We strive to equip our students with independence and the functional skills needed to thrive in our ever-changing world.

ADS Mission


Compassion drives our commitment to supporting our students with empathy, kindness, and understanding.



We celebrate and embrace the uniqueness of each individual student. Our exceptional educational and therapeutic services help instill confidence in our students and provide them with the necessary tools to function in everyday life.



We believe in the importance of building relationships and developing strong connectivity with our students, staff, families, and communities.



ADS offers a family-like atmosphere where we strive to be a support system for our students, their families, and our staff.

Our Vision

At ADS, we envision an inclusive and equitable environment that will empower and instill confidence in our diverse learners. We aim to champion our students' abilities and maintain a collaborative environment that enables students to reach their full potentials.

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Our History

At Archbishop Damiano School, our history is woven with the incredible stories of determination, compassion, and progress that define our school community. Our journey began with a simple yet powerful goal to create a place where every student, regardless of their abilities, could thrive and receive the education they deserve.

In 1965, Archbishop Damiano, the Bishop of Camden, invited five Brothers from Ireland to establish a school for children with Down Syndrome. At that time in the United States, a child with a disability did not have rights to an education. The idea of a free and appropriate public education for all children did not become lawful until the Education for All Handicapped Children Act was passed in 1975.

Ahead of its time, Archbishop Damiano School became a special place for children and their families to learn, grow, and prosper. Over the years, our commitment to inclusivity has grown stronger, and our legacy is enriched by the countless successes of our students, past and present.

Our history is not just about the bricks and mortar of our school; it is about the people who have made it a warm and welcoming place for our students. Our exceptional staff have dedicated themselves to nurturing the potential in every student. Their passion, expertise, and unwavering support have shaped our school into a safe space to help our students thrive in our ever-changing world.

As we reflect on our history, we are more committed than ever to building on our legacy of inclusivity, empowerment, and advancement. Join us in celebrating our history and the bright future ahead!