Facts At A Glance
Get to Know The Quaker School
The Quaker School is a unique community where children with complex challenges can experience the simple joys of childhood as they blossom into confident learners.
The majority of TQS students:
- Struggle with socialization, attention, sensory processing, executive functioning, self regulation and academics
- Have one or more formal diagnosis such as ADHD, specific learning disabilities, autism, auditory processing, anxiety, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s syndrome
- Transition to independent schools upon graduation (such as Delaware Valley Friends School, Woodlynde School, Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Crefeld School, Hill Top Preparatory School, and Solebury School), or return renewed and prepared to their public high school.
TQS’s class environment is designed to help strengthen student learning potential with:
- 55 students enrolled
- A student-teacher ratio of 4:1
- Distinct Lower School and Middle School programs
- Class sizes that range from four to eight students, grouped by skills and needs
- Two fully credentialed teachers in all large classes, who use a team-teaching mode
Our school was specially designed and built for our students, and includes:
- A safe, home-like, sensory-friendly environment
- Sound-proof windows
- Natural light and bounce lighting to create a soothing environment
- Colors chosen for warmth and comfort
- Small pullout rooms for individualized instruction
- Ample space for outdoor play and study
- A green campus with acres of lawn and trees
- A new playground
- A ceramics room that includes a kiln
- A woodshop
- The Horsham Monthly Meeting House of The Religious Society of Friends
TQS faculty members are dedicated experts who provide a nurturing, enriching environment:
- Average teacher tenure is 10-15 years
- Teachers are highly trained in research-based interventions
- All reading teachers are Wilson certified, Level I (many are also Level II)
- Faculty professional development occurs monthly
- Our assistive technology team provides direct support to students and faculty
- Our speech/language and occupational therapy professionals consult with teaching staff and work 1:1 with students
TQS programs are built on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. The curriculum incorporates:
- Social Thinking® by Michelle Garcia Winner
- Zones of Regulation®
- Direct Instruction in Executive Function
- Speech and Occupational Therapy Service Learning
- On Cloud Nine® Visualizing and Verbalizing®
- Wilson Reading System®
- Eureka Math®
- Edmark Reading
- Step Up to Writing®
- Psycho-Educational Support
- Integrated Assistive Technology
Elective and enrichment courses help students engage in our school environment. Opportunities include:
- Therapeutic Horseback Riding
- Exploratory Science in Greenhouse
- Cross Country
- Ice Skating
- Art and Ceramics
- The Outdoor School
While many public school extended school year (ESY) programs are designed to prevent regression, our five-week Summer Enrichment Program focuses instead on helping students make real progress. The program gives students a well-balanced extended school year, focusing on reading and math.
- All students receive one class period of 1:1 instruction (parents choose the subject), in addition to small-group (4:1) instruction for the remainder of the morning.
- Mornings include intensive direct instruction in the Wilson Reading System, social skills, reading, writing, math, executive functioning strategies and assistive technology.
- Afternoons are filled with recreational activities such as swimming, field trips, assemblies, music and art.
GEOGRAPHIC SERVICE AREA
TQS sits on the Montgomery/Bucks County border and serves students from 20 school districts.
- Students live throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties, in school districts such as North Penn, Neshaminy, Abington, Pennsbury, Cheltenham, Springfield and Pennridge.
- School district busing is available to all students whose district boundaries are no more than 10 miles from the boundary of the Hatboro-Horsham school district.
FINANCIAL AID & TUITION 2016-2017
The Quaker School is a special place, created with love and intention. An investment in a TQS education is an investment in the joy and confidence of your child, and his or her ability to become a lifelong learner.
At TQS, we are committed to ensuring this opportunity is within reach. For this reason, financial aid is readily available for all grades. Twenty-eight percent of TQS families currently receive financial aid. We encourage you to contact us to learn more.
- Kindergarten: $13,000
- Grades 1-8: $35,990
- Transitional Academic Program (TAP): $37,325
- Autism Cares Foundation
- Exceptional Families of Exceptional Children
- International Dyslexia Association
- Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) – accreditation
- Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) – members
- Autism Speaks
- Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
- Friends Council on Education (FCE)
- Special Equestrians
- The Outdoor School
- Arcadia University
- Gwynedd Mercy University
- La Salle University College of Education
- Thomas Jefferson University
- Temple University
- The University of the Arts
- Michener Art Museum
- Woodmere Art Museum
The Quaker School at Horsham (TQS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental handicap/disability, citizenship, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities or employment practices.
TQS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a school committee. It operates on the grounds of the Horsham Monthly Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends and is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
Contact us for more information.