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Trinity Charter Schools to Educate Azleway Students in Three Tyler-Area Facilities
AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 9, 2014 – Trinity Charter Schools (TCS) on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Azleway Inc., an organization that operates a residential treatment center in the Tyler-area and provides intensive therapy in a safe, healing environment for at-risk youth. Trinity Charter Schools will serve approximately 150 students on Azleway’s campuses in New Chapel Hill and Big Sandy and in partnership with Willow Bend Residential Treatment Center. School services at these facilities were formerly provided by Azleway Charter School.
“Azleway is known for its commitment to helping at-risk children and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve them through Trinity Charter Schools’ outstanding educational services,” said Jacqueline Piar-Thomas, TCS Superintendent. “Trinity Charter Schools’ partnership with Azleway, along with support from Commissioner of Education Michael Williams, will result in a smooth transition for students and faculty with no interruption to their school year. Students will be provided a quality educational program that empowers them to reclaim their lives. ”
“We are excited to announce a partnership to continue our school services with a proven leader in the education field for at-risk kids,” said Gary Duke, Azleway CEO. “By teaming up with an experienced charter school operator for students with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges, we are continuing the strong tradition of excellent service Azleway is committed to.”
Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) sponsored the charter for Trinity Charter Schools to help support LSS’ residential treatment center (RTC) programs – no other children’s services agency in Texas has this unique capability. TCS, on-site at LSS’ New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, Krause Children’s Center in Katy and Bokenkamp Children’s Center in Corpus Christi, and in partnership with Pegasus Campus in Lockhart, provide specialized education for troubled youth with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties prepare for adulthood.
TCS is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and has a proven record of helping students advance an average of three grade levels while in their care. Through TCS, students learn appropriate social skills in a safe, structured, therapeutic environment before they transition back into the public school system or the next phase of their lives. In 2013, Trinity Charter Schools scored 100 percent on TEA’s review.
About Lutheran Social Services of the South
Lutheran Social Services of the South is committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse in Texas through innovative children’s services, including foster care, adoption, education and residential treatment. LSS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit organization that currently serves more than 32,000 individuals in need annually, including children, the elderly, the disadvantaged and those affected by disasters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
About Azleway, Inc. Azleway was established in 1979 and has provided services to thousands of Texas children and families during their history. Azleway provides foster care, adoptive services, after care support, residential and group care, transitional living, and substance abuse treatment services. Azleway currently has service locations in Tyler, Nacogdoches, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Corsicana and Big Sandy. Azleway is a faithbased organization that provides “more than a home – we provide opportunities.”
Contact: Jennifer Schattle, Vice President Marketing and Communications Lutheran Social Services :: 512.545.3965 :: [email protected]