The Quaker School at Horsham is where children with complex challenges experience the simple joys of childhood as they blossom into confident learners.
It happens because of the promises we make to every family, every day:
We promise to see and nurture the gifts of every child. We promise to reinvigorate happiness and well-being. We promise to foster emotional safety. We promise to pioneer individual solutions. We promise to help your child shine.
Your child can succeed in school.
We use the latest educational research to guide our curriculum and nurture our students’ inherent curiosity and desire to learn.
Your child will make friends here.
Our compassionate school community, built on acceptance, equality, and Quaker values, helps children achieve both academic and social success.
Your child will feel safe and loved.
Our expert team provides all-encompassing support services for our students and families, strengthening each student's skills, learning style, and social development.
Meet Our Faculty
Our faculty work hard each day to provide students with a warm, welcoming environment that is appropriate for their educational needs. Families maintain open communication with classroom teachers as we partner together to support our students.
Right now, so many parents are wondering the same thing: “How can I help my student develop the resilience needed to bounce back from a truly challenging 18 months?”
I have a surprisingly simple answer: focus on having fun this summer. We can address pandemic-related academic deficits in the fall; focus on your child’s mental wellbeing for now.
At a certain point in childhood, all children naturally start comparing themselves and their abilities to those of their peers. Yet for children with complex challenges such as ADHD and learning disabilities, this juxtaposition can feel less like a comparison and more like a gauge of perceived “normalcy.”
When you’re the parent of a teenager, you can expect to have challenging conversations.
Adolescence is a tumultuous time in a child’s life, and it often requires families to have deep discussions about big, sometimes uncomfortable, topics. At the same time, it can be challenging to initiate these conversations, especially if your teen is not enthused by talking about their feelings and emotions.
When that teen is also diagnosed with autism, the complexity of these conversations increases dramatically.
When is the last time you sat down and tried to describe the emotions you were feeling, either by saying them out loud or writing them down?
Perhaps you keep a journal. Or perhaps you openly speak about how you feel to a spouse or a friend. Or maybe you are one to simply keep your emotions to yourself.
As a parent of a child with special needs, the head of the nation’s premier school for children with complex challenges, an author, and a bibliophile, I often come across such books -- resources that I know can help families support their children, and that can help children become self-advocates.
Because I am often asked for these book recommendations from friends, families, and colleagues, I’m excited to announce the start of the TQS Book Club: a series of blog posts that will introduce books, authors, and resources aimed at helping families of children with complex challenges shine.
Back in the 1970s, a comic artist came up with the perfect visualization of someone who sits around and watches a lot of television: couch potato. The reasoning? If a person spends too much time passively watching a screen, they can become more vegetable-like than human.
Fast-forward 50 years -- smack into the middle of a global pandemic that is keeping everyone indoors and on screens -- and the term still hits home hard. Most people have grown more sedentary, more isolated, and more attached to technology over the past year, to the point where it feels like we’re literally rooted in place.
This time of screens and social isolation has been hard on everyone, but it is especially difficult for children with complex challenges.