The Quaker School is a special place, created with love and intention. An investment in a TQS education is an investment in the joy and confidence of your child, and his or her ability to become a lifelong learner.
At TQS, we are committed to ensuring this opportunity is within reach. For this reason, financial aid is readily available for all grades. We encourage you to contact us to learn more.
"Samira first arrived at TQS with an inability to communicate as she struggled to read and regulate her anxiety. Four years later, Samira has blossomed into a capable communicator who has written more than 500 creative short stories. Samira now prides herself as an astute researcher and author thanks to the individualized education and support she has received at TQS."
-Current TQS Parent
TQS Financial Aid
28% percent of TQS families currently receive financial aid.
Financial aid awards are granted on an annual basis, and families must apply each year.
The financial aid process begins after acceptance with the completion of a Parents Financial Statement through School and Student Services. (Use school code 5954.)
TQS staff is available to discuss different creative options for funding a TQS education.
“It is because of Matthew’s growth in confidence, perspective and fundamental skills in reading, writing and math that we can look forward with positive expectations to his continued success in the transition to high school and beyond, and ultimately to realize his goals in life."
-Former TQS Parent
TQS has three options for paying tuition and fees through TADS. Payment options are:
Single Payment Plan: Full tuition to be paid by June 1st. There is a $250 discount for selecting this option.
Regular Payment Plan: Tuition to be made in two payments: first payment (60%) by June 1st; and second payment (40%) by December 1st. The exact amount of each payment is specified in the enrollment agreement.
8-Month Payment Plan: 8 equal payments due by the 1st of each month from June through January. There is a $50 fee to participate in the monthly plan.
Families may pay by check, money order, pre-authorized debit from your checking/savings account or by credit card (3% processing fee). Please make payable to TADS and mail to TADS, 110 N. 5th Street, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
As a parent of a child with special needs, the head of the nation’s premier school for children with complex challenges, an author, and a bibliophile, I often come across such books -- resources that I know can help families support their children, and that can help children become self-advocates.
Because I am often asked for these book recommendations from friends, families, and colleagues, I’m excited to announce the start of the TQS Book Club: a series of blog posts that will introduce books, authors, and resources aimed at helping families of children with complex challenges shine.
Back in the 1970s, a comic artist came up with the perfect visualization of someone who sits around and watches a lot of television: couch potato. The reasoning? If a person spends too much time passively watching a screen, they can become more vegetable-like than human.
Fast-forward 50 years -- smack into the middle of a global pandemic that is keeping everyone indoors and on screens -- and the term still hits home hard. Most people have grown more sedentary, more isolated, and more attached to technology over the past year, to the point where it feels like we’re literally rooted in place.
This time of screens and social isolation has been hard on everyone, but it is especially difficult for children with complex challenges.
Remember when you were a child and the forecast called for snow? That feeling of awesome anticipation, of excited uncertainty, about what the next day would bring?
In those days, a change from routine was welcomed with open arms and big cheers. Today, a similar anticipation and uncertainty keeps us parents up as night for completely different reasons.
The threat (or reality) of school closures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has hung over the 2020-2021 school year since it started -- and right now, as we enter the holiday season, many schools and colleges across the country are closing their doors once again and transitioning into virtual learning.
If your child suffered from school anxiety prior to the pandemic shutdown, chances are high that this extended school break exacerbated the issue. Yet even if your child never experienced school avoidance before, the uncertainty of the past few months and the dire news cycle to which they’ve been exposed may have created new anxious feelings.
While school anxiety and avoidance are very common, especially in children with complex challenges and learning differences, it can be both frustrating and emotional to help a child overcome these fears.