Meet Archway Academy Alum Christopher

My name is Christopher and I graduated from Archway in 2018.

Subsequently, I pursued my passion for computer science and earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Edward’s University in Austin. Currently, I am working as a Cloud Developer at Chevron Phillips Chemical, in my hometown of The Woodlands. My time at Archway had a profound impact on my personal and professional development. I was fortunate enough to be part of a close-knit community that provided me with meaningful experiences, valuable perspectives, and opportunities. To this day, I am proud to call many of my old classmates my closest friends, while the staff members were my constant support and role models. The teachers at Archway challenged me daily, fostering my growth and learning.

It is hard to imagine where I would be without this transformative experience, but I am grateful to have found a place where I felt truly heard and belonged.


Archway opened its doors in 2003 to offer students and worried families in the throes of teenage substance use a viable option and support system for restoring their child’s physical, mental, emotional, and academic health. We’re located in the heart of Houston, Texas, and are focused on meeting the individual educational needs of teens recovering from substance use disorder with care, compassion, respect, and rigor. Instead of returning students to the same environments in which they’re most at risk for relapse or might have trouble catching up academically, Archway provides a structured place for teens to continue both their recovery and their education without compromising either. 


We offer a continuum of care from probation officers to private counselors, residential treatment clinicians to Alternative Peer Groups. Archway keeps in constant contact with every student’s unique personal network — triaging tasks and arming our students (and each other) with shared information to ensure that no important details slip through the cracks; to address behaviors and remove barriers; and to remain consistent and aligned in our approach to getting each student well. Today, we are the largest recovery school in the country, and currently mentoring new recovery schools throughout the nation.

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