The Quaker School at Horsham's Upper School is the ideal place for children with complex challenges to transition into adulthood.
Here, students become confident in their potential and their futures as they explore opportunities in the workforce, continued education and independent living. Our goal is to give every Upper School student the skills and support they need to shine bright in their future path.
The Upper School focuses on empowering each of our students to let their inner light shine by helping them discover their goals and passions, and creating experiences that will allow them to reach their fullest potential.
Our education is based on the beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Students embrace the principles of tolerance, equality and spirituality, creating a learning environment that is flexible, challenging and understanding.
We use project-based learning throughout our Upper School curriculum, which emphasizes inquiry, reflection, collaboration, learning through doing and stewardship.
Differentiated instruction helps students learn through prescriptive, diagnostic, sequential, structured and multi-sensory teaching. Students interpret and research a Driving Question and create in-depth research projects, supported by technology, field trips and guest experts.
Each student is paired with a personalized advisor under a coaching model where adults are the advocates and drivers for the student's goals.
Employment literacy is a key component of our program. Students learn about various jobs in their community, as well as educational paths available through community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational programs.
Executive functioning instruction helps strengthen students' working memory, decoding skills, reading fluency, mathematical computation, organizational skills, prioritization and time management.
English: 4 credits. Students focus on each of the core components of the English language and integrate reading, literature study, writing, speaking and research skills.
Math: 3 credit minimum. Course options include math intervention, functional math, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, economics, financial algebra, algebra II, statistics, business math, and precalculus.
Science: 3 credit minimum. Each course is designed to help students learn more about the physical world in which they live as they strengthen skills such as observation, critical thinking, verbal and written communication, manipulation of equipment, and applying technology. Courses include physical science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, biology, forensic science, anatomy and physiology.
History and Humanities: 5 credits. Unlike conventional high schools, TQS Upper School combines history and literature with philosophy, economics, religion, political science, music, theater, dance, architecture, painting and sculpture. Students will explore unfamiliar cultures; challenge their assumptions about their own; and learn to think critically, read analytically, speak articulately, and write persuasively.
Health and Physical Education: 1 credit minimum. Health-related fitness is a goal for all students. Students learn teamwork, cooperation, decision-making skills, sportsmanship and leadership skills. Areas of study include team and lifetime sports, yoga, cooperation activities and physical fitness.
Elective Courses: All TQS Upper School students will complete four years of business literacy instruction and internship, as well as an additional course in cooking.
Affinities:The Affinities program allows Upper School students to pursue their passions, use adult-world communication and organizational skills, and become independent learners through authentic projects and assessments. This two-hour class enables students to do more in-depth projects in science, computer, math, carpentry and the fine arts. In the third trimester, Upper School students are given the option to team up with a faculty member to teach an Affinity to the Lower School students.