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The Quaker School At Horsham5
Posted August 04, 2014
- a parent
After 4 years in a great public school who gave our child many supports, by the end of 3rd grade, his perception of himself & his self-confidence had plummeted. He became depressed. He is not learning disabled, but because of ADHD & anxiety, he needed to be pulled out for learning support classes, OT & social speech therapy - all of which helped him tremendously. By the end of 3rd grade, although this support helped him educationally, it also lead him to believe that he was stupid, different, unliked, that "God made him wrong". He was depressed. We loved his school, but knew we needed to intervene to change his way of thinking. We found TQS, & after a year there with guidance from their wonderful dedicated team of teachers & support staff, he has a new perception of himself. He felt like he fit in there, he was immersed in a place where different is good, where ADHD & anxiety aren't something that's "wrong" with you; it's a part of you - like the color of your eyes. He learned social skills, self-regulation & executive functioning strategies. He learned that he's smart and creative. He's now ready to go to a public school with confidence. He's never been happier. TQS saved him.
The Quaker School at Horsham was sold to us as a school for bright kids who learn differently. The small class size and willingness to embrace each child's challenge seemed to be excellent qualities. However, as more severe behavioral issues crept into the school, the school lost its way. It lacked for not having a behaviorist of on staff, and teachers often blamed kids for their disability rather than teaching them in a loving way. Also, the passiveness that defines a Quaker school left little in the way of discipline as it was becoming a growing problem and more disruptive for the students to learn. I cannot recommend this school because it really seemed to have changed its mission from teaching those bring kids to dealing with various degrees of outbursts on a regular basis.
Wonderful, caring environment that builds self-esteem, creativity, and brings out the best in the kids. No matter how different each individual child is, TQS finds their strengths and makes the most of them, and then with love guides the child to becoming their best self - confident, secure and proud. The teachers truly care about every student, treat each student with dignity and as an individual, and the students themselves boost each other and care about each other to the point that different classes and grades intermix at various activities and planned events throughout the year - your child may be in a class as small as 3, but they have a building filled with 70+ friends. TQS is also always in a state of positive evolution - better assistive technology, better research-based programs, they never sit back on "this is the way it's always done" ... if anything, they seek to bring the newest and most innovative approaches. They have worked nothing short of a miracle with the broken shell of a little girl I brought them 4 years ago - I now have a happy, confident, engaged child who loves school, loves her friends, and is proud of herself and ALL the things that make her unique.
Only good for children who have dyslexia. Other children who do not have a 'neat' diagnosis do not get their educationally needs met. Administration and faculty has changed frequently over the past two years and it has affected their program detrimentally. There are other schools who are better suited to fill the needs of children who learn differently. Make sure you check out the other schools and find out if they individualize their program to the student, not the curriculum.
TQS is a wonderful school. The staff is so caring and really works with the children. The parents are involved and very caring as well. We could not have made a better choice for a school. We are very happy with TQS and all it offers its students.
The entire staff at TQS is committed to helping the children succeed both academically and socially, as well. The environment fosters open communication, feedback and encouragement. It is truly a unique school!