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.
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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.
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.
Remember when you were a child and the forecast called for snow? That feeling of awesome anticipation, of excited uncertainty, about what the next day would bring?
In those days, a change from routine was welcomed with open arms and big cheers. Today, a similar anticipation and uncertainty keeps us parents up as night for completely different reasons.
The threat (or reality) of school closures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has hung over the 2020-2021 school year since it started -- and right now, as we enter the holiday season, many schools and colleges across the country are closing their doors once again and transitioning into virtual learning.
If your child suffered from school anxiety prior to the pandemic shutdown, chances are high that this extended school break exacerbated the issue. Yet even if your child never experienced school avoidance before, the uncertainty of the past few months and the dire news cycle to which they’ve been exposed may have created new anxious feelings.
While school anxiety and avoidance are very common, especially in children with complex challenges and learning differences, it can be both frustrating and emotional to help a child overcome these fears.
Virtual learning is difficult -- on both children and their families. Children with complex challenges, however, suffer exponentially when learning is fully online.
Learn about school avoidance, the physical manifestations and ways parents can help their child to enjoy attending school in this installment of the Shine On podcast.