The Quaker School is different because each child here is different. Yet all students, all student families, all staff and alumni are united by one thing: our caring, supportive community.
Quite simply, when you come to TQS, you join our family.
We’re a family of students who become lifelong friends.
We have 75 students enrolled, and thousands of school alumni. This tight-knit group of students, past and present, recognizes the special opportunities they have at The Quaker School – opportunities to learn, to grow, and to become their best selves.
Before I came to TQS, life for me was horrible. I wasn't making any friends. I was getting bullied and I wasn't learning well. When I came to TQS, things really got better for me. I started to make friends and my grades were improving. At TQS, I got to figure out new things about myself like my love for acting. The people at TQS really care about people who learn differently and TQS wants to do everything they can to make sure kids with a special need can get a great education and that's what I love about the school! -2015 Alumnus
We’re a family of parents, grandparents and siblings who care about each student, and each other.
We have anactive school calendar, with events such at the Winter Book Fair & Talent Show; ice-skating and roller skating trips; and TQS Day, a spring community event hosted by TQSPA.
Families are also involved in the classroom. We hold three parent-teacher conferences each year. The first is held prior to the first day of school and the student attends. All middle-school students attend their conferences.
This full family involvement is a unique benefit.
The Quaker School at Horsham has made and continues to make an immeasurably positive impact on our entire family. Our oldest son attended TQS from sixth through eighth grade. From the moment he visited the school he felt accepted, valued and capable. He credits TQS for giving him the skills and confidence to succeed in school. He is now a freshman in public high school and thriving and in the top ten percent of his class. When we realized that our younger son was having difficulty in public school, we had great comfort knowing that he could also attend TQS to heal, grow and learn. He, too, loves TQS and has grown from a child who avoided school to a boy who jumps out of bed every morning excited to go to school. Thank you TQS for seeing the potential in our boys and providing them this unique environment to realize their capabilities and potential. -Parents of 8th Grader & Alumnus, Class of 2015
We’re a family of dedicated teachers and staff.
Our classroom teachers have an average 10-15 year tenure. Specialty teachers offer classes in yoga, ceramics, research and design and more. These are dedicated experts with highly regarded certifications and training who care deeply for our students, both in and out of the classroom.
We’re a family of supportive individuals and organizations who believe in our mission.
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Friends Council on Education (FCE)
International Dyslexia Association
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) – accreditation
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) – members
Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (PBIDA)
We welcome you to learn more about our community. Contact us for more information.
“Before The Quaker School, I felt left out and jealous of other students in my class. Now, I can fit in for the first time in my life.”
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.