Archway Academy is a close-knit group of teachers, recovery experts, and students working together to create a welcoming campus that not only physically challenges its high schoolers to remain sober, but stretches their expectations socially, spiritually, intellectually, and academically.

  • A Three-Part Model
  • A Two-Part Focus
  • Alternative Peer Groups
  • Archway Vs. Passageway
  • Overview of Services

A three-part
model.

We’ve structured Archway Academy via three important partnerships with three distinct but closely integrated functions:

When students come to Archway, they technically enroll in two programs: Southwest Schools’ academic program, and the Archway Academy recovery program. Students’ transcripts and diplomas read Southwest Schools.

A three-part model.

We’ve structured Archway Academy via three important partnerships with three distinct but closely integrated functions:

When students come to Archway, they technically enroll in two programs: Southwest Schools’ academic program, and the Archway Academy recovery program. Students’ transcripts and diplomas read Southwest Schools.

A two-part
focus.

A two-part focus.

Keeping students sober and in class is our priority. While our organization plays a dual role, our staff do not.

We’re not therapists who tutor or teachers who counsel, but specialists in our respective fields in close communication with each other and our students throughout the school day. Our teachers and administrators are experienced educators; our recovery coaches and staff bring diverse degrees and backgrounds in clinical, therapeutic, and peer support care. When a student requires emotional support or when they require help in history, we call on the right person at the right time to help in the right way for that student. We’re all driving the same direction, but we stay in our own lanes. And we all keep each other in the loop.

archway two part focus

Alternative Peer Groups (APGs)

Alternative Peer Groups (APGs)

Choosing the right APG for your family is an important decision.

The following three organizations work closely with Archway Academy and understand our criteria for enrollment. They provide each student with the emotional and therapeutic support they need to be successful in school.

ADVENTURE LEARNING PROGRAM

PALMER DRUG ABUSE PROGRAM (PDAP)

TEEN AND FAMILY SERVICES

Archway vs. Passageway

Archway vs. Passageway—what’s the difference?

Passageway is for students at the beginning of their recovery journey who need more structure, supervision, drug testing, and recovery support. Passageway students remain on campus for lunch and eat with the recovery coaches and other Passageway students. During lunch, they cover a variety of recovery topics and receive extra support with challenges unique to early recovery. The recovery team will help Passageway students set and monitor weekly recovery goals. Sobriety time and progress with recovery goals are the two main criteria to “graduate” from the Passageway program.

Archway is for students with more sustained/consistent recovery who have earned the privilege of more freedom, flexibility and off-campus lunch. Archway students must have more than 60 days sober, be actively working with a sponsor, be settled in their counseling/APG group, be in compliance with medication recommendations (if applicable), and show forward progress with other mental health goals.

Overview of Services

  • Sober high school in Houston

  • Two programs—one for students who have fewer than 60 days sober and one for students with 60+ days

  • Rolling admissions policy

  • Small class size and low student-to-teacher ratios

  • Flexible curriculum—a combination of online & traditional classes

  • Summer school

  • Rigorous academic curriculum with electives, PSAT, college fairs, and student council

  • Layers of accountability and communication within the school and across the continuum of care including private counselors, probation officers, residential treatment clinicians, and Alternative Peer Groups (APGs)

  • Daily check-in sessions

  • Easy access to recovery supports and on-site clinician

  • Financial aid and scholarships available