Facts At A Glance

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.

 

By the Numbers

77

2018 Enrollment

K-9

Grades Served

3.2:1

Student Teacher Ratio

8

Clinical Support Staff

20

School Districts Represented In Student Body

1:1

Technology

Student and teacher talking

Student Profile

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.

Classes

TQS’s class environment is designed to help strengthen student learning potential with:

  • 75 students enrolled
  • A student-teacher ratio of 3.2:1
  • 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 classes with more than five students, who use a team-teaching mode

     

Facilities

Fun at recess

Our school was specially designed and built for our students, and includes:

  • A safe, home-like, sensory-friendly environment
  • A green campus with five acres of lawn and trees
  • A research and design laboratory
  • Small pullout rooms for individualized instruction
  • A ceramics room that includes a kiln
  • Sound-proof windows
  • Natural light and bounce lighting to create a soothing environment
  • Colors chosen for warmth and comfort
  • Ample space for outdoor play and study
  • A new playground
  • The Horsham Monthly Meeting House of The Religious Society of Friends

Faculty

 

The Quaker School Faculty

 

TQS faculty members are dedicated experts who provide a nurturing, enriching environment:

  • Average teacher tenure is 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

Academic Programs

TQS programs are built on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship.

The curriculum incorporates:
 
  • Collaborative and Proactive Solutions
  • 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®
  • RAVE-O®
  • Eureka Math®
  • TouchMath®
  • Edmark Reading
  • Step Up to Writing®
  • Counseling
  • Psycho-Educational Support
  • Integrated Assistive Technology

Co-Curricular Learning

Elective and enrichment courses help students engage in our school environment. Opportunities include:

  • Yoga
  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding

  • Research and Design
  • Exploratory Science in Greenhouse
  • Drama
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Ice Skating
  • Art and Ceramics
  • Music

Summer Program

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.

Accreditation

Affiliations:

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) – accreditation
  • Autism Cares Foundation
  • Exceptional Families of Exceptional Children
  • ASCEND
  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) – members
  • Autism Speaks
  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
  • Friends Council on Education (FCE)

“For as long as I can remember it was hard for me to make friends in public school. I couldn’t read a chapter book. This made me feel like I was a nobody. I was the only one that could not read well. Now at TQS I have made a lot of friends. I can tell them about my feelings. Also I can read a novel more on my own and write a good paragraph that makes sense. Since I have been at TQS I am not embarrassed to stand up for myself and I can advocate for myself saying I need help. I found out I learn by hands-on tasks and by a visual on the board."

 -Alexa

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).

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