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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!