Here at The Quaker School at Horsham, our mission and philosophy are only as relevant as the student outcomes they impact. While we as school leaders set our school vision, our students bring that vision to life – and demonstrate its value.
For that reason, we believe there’s no better way to reflect upon our newly adopted school philosophy than through our students’ own words. Here is how this past year’s graduating 8th-grade students described their QS experience:
OUR PHILOSOPHY: The Quaker School at Horsham is a compassionate community that builds trusting relationships among students, parents, therapists, faculty and staff.
“It means a lot to know there are people out there who do everything in their power to help you learn in a comfortable environment.”
“All of my teachers have helped me at TQS. I want to thank each and every one of them.”
The students at TQS have struggled in traditional schools and come with a pressing need for a safe learning environment where they can confidently face the challenges of learning.
“I want you to know how good I am at science. When I started science, it was hard and I didn't understand it. Now I understand it.”
“I used to run away a lot at TQS. I thought everyone was laughing at me because I couldn't do the work. I felt alone; I thought no one could help me. Now I know I can do the work and I love learning.”
These students have a mix of disabilities: ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, expressive and receptive language disorders, and anxiety disorders.
“The smaller environment supported me with my anxiety and helped me pay more attention.”
“I was so nervous when I first came here, scared to talk to people, and now I have lots of friends and now I talk to everybody.”
At TQS, we use the latest findings from educational research to guide our curriculum and nurture our students’ inherent curiosity and desire to learn.
“I have opened up. I am open toanswering questions in my classes instead of being quiet in the back of the room.”
“TQS helped me become a better student. I know that I learn differently and that if I need something explained a certain way, I can ask for that. Before I came to TQS, I didn't how to do that.”
TQS equips students with the skills needed to succeed in secondary school, develop fulfilling personal relationships and lead meaningful lives.
“After being at TQS for 4 years, I found an ability to dig deeper in my classes. I am more interested and attentive.”
“And most of all I can make more friends and tell some of them how I feel and what is happening in my life.”
The underlying basis for all things at TQS is the fundamental Quaker belief that there is the Light of God within everyperson, and that we are meant to share that Light through our efforts, our gifts, and our actions.
“There is no other place that has the kind of atmosphere and warmth that this school has. This school has become a family to me and I can't be more thankful to The Quaker School.”
“TQS has given me so much courage to dream.”
It is through our classrooms – and through our students’ progress – that we can truly make a difference and measure change.
We thank you for supporting the unique mission and philosophy of our community, and we look forward to another year of sharing our growth with you.
Head of School