History

First day of school

 

Helping Students Shine Since 1982

In 1982, George Rowe (then Head of School at Buckingham Friends school) and special education teacher Beverly Morgan founded The Quaker School at Horsham to serve bright students who had language-based learning differences such as dyslexia.

George Rowe was inspired by one of his students, whom he felt had great potential but could not find success. George wanted to create a school where the needs of this student, and others like him, were understood and appreciated.
 
The school was originally described as the “Pipe Dreams Friends School” and opened with three students and two teachers in the basement of the Horsham Monthly Meeting House of The Religious Society of Friends.
 
At that time, the school began to evolve to better meet the needs of our families, focusing on embracing and celebrating children with complex challenges. However, the school’s original purpose – to be a place for students whose gifts are not appreciated elsewhere – will always remain.

Authentic, meaningful change requires bold strides forward

That's something The Quaker School at Horsham has proven since our founding in 1982. What began as a small school dedicated to meeting the learning needs of children with complex challenges has evolved into an expansive, innovative community that truly changes the lives of K-12 and 18-21 year-old students and their families.

This growth stems from a constant drive to provide the absolute best research-based education and support to our TQS community, while staying true to our mission and our Quaker values.

Through program expansion, a stronger curriculum, research and leadership, and capacity building, we were able to grow into a school offering business literacy and real-world work experiences, additional support services, and a new school wing and refreshed campus.

Groups of students at prom
Empty classroom in our Sassafras Program
Student attending their 11th grade internship at Weavers Way

“Leading the Change is the most far-reaching strategic plan in our school's history,  yet I have never been more confident in our community's ability to accomplish our goals. Together, we will deliver bold leadership, authentic engagement, emboldened people, unparalleled programs, and audacious innovation - and we will impact the lives of even more individuals with complex challenges.” -Alex Brosowsky, Head of School

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Managing Impulses & Inhibiting Responding: Expert Talk #2 with Dr. Cheryl Ann Chase

Calling out in class before raising a hand … talking too much … saying embarrassing things in public … pushing to the front of the line at the playground … 

These are all common examples of why a young child might be called “impulsive” – and impulse control is an important topic related to executive functioning in children. That’s why it’s the second subject that Dr. Cheryl Ann Chase trained both TQS parents and educators on as part of our two-year working partnership

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The Importance of Executive Functions: Expert Talk with Dr. Cheryl Chase

Navigating the complexities of parenting children with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and expressive challenges can be an ongoing challenge – which is why here at TQS, we aim to not only champion our students, but also our parents and educators. 

That’s why we've partnered with Dr. Cheryl Chase, a renowned clinical psychologist, to help TQS families and faculty better understand a topic of critical importance to our student community: executive functioning.

Read More about The Importance of Executive Functions: Expert Talk with Dr. Cheryl Chase