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 school philosophy than through our students’ own words. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY: The Quaker School at Horsham is a compassionate community that builds trusting relationships among students, families, therapists, faculty and staff.

The students at TQS have struggled in traditional school and come with a pressing need for a safe learning environment where they can confidently face the challenge of learning.

"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 thank each and every one of them."

These students have a mix of disabilities: ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, expressive and receptive language disorders, and anxiety disorders.

"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. Now I know I can do the work and I love learning."

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 to answering 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 know how to do that."

"I am thankful to have teachers who care about everyone and are always so kind, helpful and true."

"Thank you for helping me to be stronger on the inside."

"Thank you for making learning fun."

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 every person, 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 that this school has. This school is a family to me and I can't be more thankful to The Quaker School."

"TQS has given me so much courage to dream."

High school student cracking an egg
Boy jumping from one square to another
Teacher interacting with a student

“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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I have had many conversations with our TQS parents who are pondering the path their children will tread as they edge toward adulthood. The good news is that TQS is not the end of the road! If you’re beginning to chart these unexplored waters, you’re probably asking this common question: “What’s next?”

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