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George Crothers Memorial School (GCMS)

We are an Approved Private school (APS) serving children with intellectual and physical disabilities, including programs for students identified as medically fragile, ages 3 to 21 years old.


George Crothers Memorial School

The CADES George Crothers Memorial School (GCMS) at CADES is a Pennsylvania Department of Education licensed Approved Private School serving children 3-21 years with intellectual and physical disabilities. We specialize in teaching students identified with multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injury, including students who are medically fragile.
  • Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:45pm
  • We also offer an Extended School Year (ESY) program providing nursing, education and therapeutic services to ensure that students maintain their progress towards goal achievement attained during the school year
Kathy Krueger – Director of Student Services (GCMS)
Kathy Krueger – Director of Student Services (GCMS)
  • Certified teachers expertly trained in special education combine research-based teaching, technology, therapeutic and medical supports tailored to meet students’ needs.
  • Small classes and low student-teacher ratios allow for personalized instruction and supports that foster success and nurture independence.
  • The GCMS therapy team utilizes an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to education. Our therapists and speech pathologists support a collaborative approach to therapy, which enhances our student experience throughout the school day. As a part of the IEP team, the therapists work closely with teachers and classroom staff to provide integrated therapy strategies to maximize learning.
  • At GCMS, on-site professional nursing staff is available at all times throughout the day to provide medication, specialized treatment, and coordination with families.
  • GCMS offers 5 classrooms dedicated to Verbal Behavior theories and adapting them to the CADES methodology, where students with various abilities can thrive. Spaces are available for early elementary age to high school transition age students who demonstrate the need for research based specified teaching procedures in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • CADES Achievers is our student centered transition program which empowers students ages 14-21 to reach their highest potential in both the educational environment and in the community. Support and guidance are provided to students and families in order to seamlessly connect them with adult service providers and guide their transition into meaningful futures.
  • CADES Achievers draws from best-practice techniques while utilizing an integrated and collaborative approach to create opportunities for students to practice vocational skills, social skills, and life skills to support meaningful participation and success in their adult lives.

Children who are eligible for the CADES George Crothers Memorial School Program should be:

  • Eligible students must be ages 3-21
  • CADES GCMS students reside in Delaware County and surrounding counties

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The George Crothers Memorial School at CADES is committed to the overall safety and well-being of our students and educators. 

To live up to that commitment, we believe we can have the most impact when we involve parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals, and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students, staff, and community. 

As a part of that effort, GCMS is joining school districts across Pennsylvania in rolling out the anonymous reporting system – Safe2Say Something (S2SS). 

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Specifically, the program educates participants to:

  • Recognize the warning signs and signals of at-risk behaviors (especially within social media) that may be a threat to the individual or others 
  • Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by telling a trusted adult, or
  • Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
  • Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based threat assessment teams comprised of educators and administrators

S2SS is a life-saving school safety program that teaches students, educators, and administrators how to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others and anonymously report this information through the S2SS app, website, or 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline. The following provides an overview of how the program works and will be implemented in schools:


Safe2Say Something works through 5 easy steps:

  1. A tip is submitted via mobile app, website, or by calling the PA based 24/7 Crisis Center
  • Website:
  • Tip-line: 1-844-SAF2SAY (1-844-723-2729)
  • Mobile App for Apple and Android Devices
  1. The tip is then triaged by the Crisis Center to gather enough information to act on it
  2. The tip is delivered to the impacted school and, as needed, local law enforcement
  3. The school and, as needed, local law enforcement, assess and intervene with the at-risk individual
  4. The school then closes out the tip and reports actions taken as a record for their school

For more information, click on these LINKS:

Call us today at 610-328-5955. We would love to speak with you. 

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Families interested in exploring George Crothers Memorial School at CADES  should contact our Admissions Coordinator to arrange a tour and receive introductory information.

610-328-5955 ext.1101
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