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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a “Recovery High School”?

As defined by the national Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), of which Archway Academy is a member, a Recovery High School must “meet state requirements for awarding a secondary school diploma” and be “designed specifically for students recovering from substance abuse or dependency”. This includes requiring that all enrolled students be in recovery and working a program of recovery approved by the school. Recovery Schools are also prepared through policies, protocols and the hiring of qualified personnel to address the needs of students in crisis, therapeutic or other. To learn more about ARS, Recovery High Schools, and colleges that offer academic or sober living programs designed specifically for students recovering from substance abuse or dependency, click here.

How old do you have to be to attend Archway?

Archway Academy is a high school designed for students in grades 9-12.

Does Archway enroll students who have dual diagnoses?


How do I apply to Archway?

Please download the application form and start filling it out, gathering the necessary supporting documentation.  The student needs to research and join an APG, and call the school to schedule an interview for themselves and a parent or guardian (713.328.0780).

What if I find out about Archway after the semester has begun?

Archway Academy has a “rolling admissions” policy.  A student can be admitted at any time during the semester when it is feasible.

Southwest Schools’ curriculum can provide flexibility for self-paced learning for students who are behind.  Students who are motivated can catch up and gain the credits they need to get back on track.

Does Archway Academy have a Summer School program?

No.  Most of the APGs offer camping trips that keep the students occupied during most of the summer.  We have also found that the students benefit from some “down time”, away from school.

What are Archway Academy’s Hours of Operation?

The Administrative Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

What time do classes start?

The School Day begins at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 3:05 p.m.

What is “Friday Fill-up”?

Every Friday afternoon is dedicated to a different recovery or wellness activity.  It might be creative, contemplative, a short field trip or community outreach.  These activities are designed to bring the students together and “fill them up” for the weekend ahead.

What is the Grading Schedule?

The School Year is divided into 6 six-week grading periods, or 3 per semester.  The 6-week Report Cards are disseminated via email.  Half-way through each grading period (3 weeks) a Progress Report is sent home with the student.  Parents and Guardians are welcome to email the teachers directly at any time throughout the year, if they have questions or concerns about their student’s progress.

Does Archway have a physical education program?


Does Archway offer electives?


Does Archway offer foreign language studies?

Yes.  We offer face to face Spanish classes and several other computer based language options.

Do Archway students participate in any kind of community service?

Yes.  Being housed at Palmer Church, our students have ample opportunity to give back to the community.  All students participate in one or more of the following: serving breakfast to those who are less fortunate during Way Station and working with Alzheimer’s patients at Gathering Place.  As service is an essential component of recovery, Archway is fortunate to have these opportunities literally at our doorstep!

Do Archway students qualify under the “top 10%” rule?

Yes.  Students ranked in the top 10% of their class are eligible for automatic admission to any Texas public university if they have completed the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Plan.