CADES offers a continuum of high quality, supportive services for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.

George Crothers Memorial School: About GCMS

The George Crothers Memorial School at CADES is a place where children challenged by disability have a chance to shine. We are a licensed special education school serving children with intellectual and physical disabilities from mild to medically fragile, ages 3 to 21 years old. Here at our school, students make friends as well as making progress. We provide a continuum of specialized instruction and learning therapies to address the highly individualized educational needs of our students. We know that what can work for one child will not work for another. Quite simply, we look at each child, get to know them, and develop a unique plan to support their success.

Our ungraded classes at the George Crothers Memorial School (GCMS) are small, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. We use research-based teaching strategies, multi-sensory approaches, and innovative assistive technology to identify and nurture the unique abilities of each child. In addition to the standards-aligned educational core, students participate in a rich variety of activities that enrich the school experience and build relationships. Art, music, adapted physical education, gardening & community trips help to expand the mind and exercise the bodies of our students.  Visitors and volunteers also help to ground our students in the life of the community.

The needs of our students vary greatly, from those with cerebral palsy to brain damage and similar neurological challenges. At GCMS, our dedicated occupational, physical, speech and vision therapists work closely with our experienced special education teachers to maximize each student’s independence. Augmentative communication, assistive technology, and powered mobility are explored as motivating choices for appropriate students. Our on-site professional nursing staff is available at all times throughout the day to provide medication, specialized treatment, and coordination with families. The health and safety of our students is a top priority for CADES.

At GCMS, we strive to create a place where talents are nurtured, efforts are rewarded, friendships are made, and accomplishments are celebrated. All staff are fully credentialed according to Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements. GCMS also enjoys a high degree of staff retention, allowing the continuity needed to build the thoughtful, creative programming necessary for the diverse educational needs of our students. We believe in respect, in the dignity of choice and independence, and in the power of education for everyone.

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