Paul and Ulla Warchol

Our son Leo was in a public high school that insisted he fit into its prevailing square hole of behavior, history and expectations. This situation became miserable for all of us. We had known about the Lotus school (in its earlier life as Tinicum Arts and Science) as a place that would not attempt to smash him into submission so we decided to take Leo there for a visit. The welcoming and non-judgemental environment of the school impressed and reassured us immediately. After the first few weeks of Leo’s junior year, we noticed a remarkable improvement in his attitude…

Bill Hartwell

I am a school counselor and everyday I witness the teen experience of bullying, depression and the anxiety that comes with trying to be an exceptional college. None of this prepared me for the day I found my daughter sobbing in her room, broken by the pressure to be perfect while dealing with the “mean girls.” I felt powerless to help and ignorant. How could I have not known what was happening, how did I not see this? The pain I felt moved me to act. I got busy looking for an answer and what I found…

Christine Bennett

It was over fifteen years ago, that I found the high school that would forever change my life. I had lost all direction and hope for my future and was making every wrong turn possible. My top rated public school was failing me and my family was ready to give up. It was the teachers at the Lotus School of Liberal arts that showed me the support, care and optimism I had been missing in the public-school setting. There is no way I could have achieved the amount of happiness and success in my life without having built the…

Vic Rawlings

For the past 13 years I have been making regular visits to Tinicum Art and Science, averaging a week every semester. I enter as Visiting Faculty/Artist-in-Residence, teaching and presenting music and sound work at the extreme of the avant-garde; my Visiting Artist Residencies have included Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Oberlin Conservatory. Tinicum students have been open to engaging aesthetic experiences that are new to them and well beyond dominant trends. They have engaged extremely challenging work with great intelligence, skill, and most importantly: open minds. I have never encountered an institution with a culture as inclusive, flexible, and fundamentally…

Robert Nichols

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to interact with the students of Lotus as a guest Martial Arts Teacher. Having met Peter Ryan at an event at the River Valley Waldorf school, and after getting to know each other and our similar followings with martial arts, he graciously invited me to attend the schools morning meditations and martial arts classes. One of the first things that hit me when arriving at the school and meeting several of the students were their independence. Of course they were polite and respectful as you would hope any student is…

Brandon Shorts

“I attended public school for my freshman year. By the end of the year, I had lost all interest in academics, I was bullied and I was more anxious and depressed than I had ever been. I was in real danger of serious academic issues. My parents pulled me from that school at the end of that year. Through a friend, we had heard about TAS and looked into it. It ended up being the best thing I could of done.

Aaron Smith

“I definitely consider my life leading up to the beginning of my sophomore year in high school a downwards spiral approaching a point of no return. For some reason, I thought that no one cared about my well-being, and as a result had virtually no control over my emotions, and was as introverted as they come. Then I found out about about the miraculous existence that I am proud to call my Alma Mater, Tinicum Art and Science. Throughout the three years I attended high school there, I learned so many…

Justus Altmiller

“Before I went to TAS I felt like I had no place in the world. Everywhere I went nothing seemed to work out. Then I found the school. For the first time in my life I had friends as well as teachers who cared. My teachers helped me get my life together and ready me for college. If I had not gone to that school I would not have the appreciation for the arts that I have nor the friends for life that I made.” Justus Altmiller