The Quaker School at Horsham
250 Meetinghouse Road
Horsham, PA 19044
Founded in 1982, The Quaker School at Horsham is a Friends school serving students with learning differences in pre-first through eighth grade. It is a lower schoolnot-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a school committee made up of representatives of Abington and Bucks Quarterly Meetings of the Religious Society of Friends and members-at-large. It operates in the buildings and grounds of Horsham Friends Meeting by their kind invitation. The school committee delegates the responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the school to the Head of School, who in turn reports to the school committee. The Quaker School is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools (PAIS). It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Friends Council on Education.
The Quaker School at Horsham is dedicated to fostering the academic, social, and moral development of children who learn differently. In our small and caring community, children are encouraged to value their unique minds, trust their strengths, build their skills, explore their affinities, share their gifts and talents, and live harmoniously and cooperatively with others.They seek to move beyond the categories and labels that have burdened these children, and instead honor the tapestry of interests, abilities, and ways of learning that each has been given
Their small classes are critical for developing trusting relationships that allow students and teachers to know one another and be known. Children who have struggled or experienced difficulty in traditional schools come with a pressing need for a safe learning setting where they can begin to believe in themselves anew and face the challenges of learning without the fear of judgment or failure. To strengthen children's skills in listening, thinking, speaking, and participating, their teachers give careful attention and guidance, patient listening, time to process, and abundant opportunities for practice. Their average of four students to one teacher fosters relationships and supports their children's learning.
Underlying their educational program 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. They begin each school year at TQS by creating a Spirit Document, which is a set of principles that all of them consent to. The values it affirms guide their school life together. Weekly Meeting for Worship centers their community in a quiet time of reflection, listening, and sharing. It is in this spirit that The Quaker School at Horsham seeks to nurture that Light within each one so that it may shine more brightly in the world.