Lower School


A Caring Community for Children with Complex Challenges


The Quaker School’s Lower School helps children from grades K-5 reach their potential while learning in a supportive community.

Our first priority: to make your child feel like he or she belongs. Once students feel safe and confident, they are better able to learn.

About The Lower School Program

We use direct, multi-sensory and individualized teaching methods to meet each child’s unique profile of strengths and challenges.
  • All classes use research based methods to promote behavior, social and academic growth.
  • During Morning Meeting in homeroom, students gather, greet one another, share news, and get ready for the day ahead. Our teachers model proper social interactions.
  • Teachers use positive words and tone to promote our students’ sense of belonging, active learning and self-discipline.
  • Direct Instruction is used to teach to mastery
  • We introduce classroom materials using guided discovery, a format that encourages independence, creativity and responsibility.
  • Using a theme-based curriculum, teachers link different disciplines so that students develop “big” and important ideas, which helps broaden their thinking.
  • Our classrooms are designed to encourage students’ independence, cooperation and productivity.





Our program is designed to help your child:
  • Learn how to control his or her emotions and impulses
  • Understand and be more aware of his or her thought processes
  • Learn how to speak for him or herself and take control of his or her interests and life
  • Excel quickly in critical academic areas


Our curriculum provides grade-appropriate content in each academic area.

To learn more about these individual programs, visit our Academics page.

  • Social Thinking® by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Zones of Regulation®
  • Speech & Occupational Therapy
  • On Cloud Nine® Visualizing and Verbalizing®
  • Wilson Reading System®
  • RAVE-O®
  • Eureka Math®
  • TouchMath®
  • Edmark Reading®
  • Step Up to Writing®

Activities and Events

Lower School is filled with fun, educational experiences.
  • Our visiting artist series brings in practicing artists ranging from spoken word poets to samba dancers to teach music and dance. 
  • Our softball and cross-country teams compete against other independent schools.
  • Classes visit art and science museums, zoos, aquariums, and other historical and cultural institutions on frequent filed trips. 
  • Students learn empathy, executive functioning and social skills by visiting Special Equestrians for 8 weeks each year. 

Community Service

TQS has a longstanding history of service learning projects that address local, national and international needs.

Projects have included:

  • Mitten Tree collection, benefitting a Philadelphia shelter for women and children, disabled U.S. Veterans, and Hurricane Katrina relief
  • Fundraising for Hope Children’s Home in Guyana, which has helped the organization purchase a stove, shoes and a van in recent years
  • The Penny Challenge and Canned Food Drive, which raises funds and food for the homeless
  • Socktober, which collects new socks for people in need


Technology opens doors and breaks down barriers for students with complex challenges.

Technology  in the Lower School include:

  • 1:1 iPads for K-2  and 1:1 Chromebooks including speech to text and text to speech on each device
  • Basic keyboarding
  • Reinforcing academic skills using developmentally appropriate software
  • Writing and illustrating simple words and sentences in a multimedia format
  • Use of interactive SMART boards, iPads and MacBooks
  • Numerous supplemental academic software programs that include graphic organizers, speech synthesizers, electronic dictionaries, and word prediction

Want to learn more about the Lower School?

Contact us with any questions or to schedule a school visit.