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We are finding more and more students suffering from anxiety, stress and depression. While there appear to be myriad causes, few of the bigger schools have the flexibility to create the type of community that can help students be more resilient.

Teacher-powered means greater student success.

When teachers are also the leaders of a school, policy and decision-making benefit from a balanced perspective of the classroom, the individual students and the culture of the community that come from the teachers' collective, direct experience with the daily workings of the school.


Knowing that small schools create less anxiety for teens, we create a community atmosphere that is responsive to their needs.

Students flourish in what a small learning community offers: low student/teacher ratio, strong connections with teachers and course work, and rigorous education that emphasizes experience over rote learning. Our small class size combined with experienced educators meet our students’ needs for challenge with support.

At The Lotus School, the students find a place where they can better reach their potential. By keeping small and thinking big each student gets the personal attention they need to achieve more


By combining the teachers' roles with administrative programming, the decisions and design that go into creating the school culture are put into the hands of those who know the students best. The leadership team at The Lotus School has worked together to create a learning experience that can be tailored to fit all types of students.


Being present and aware of oneself and one's surroundings help an individual to remain calm and see one's mind clearly. With mindfulness an integral part of our school culture, students are able to set aside distractions and make room for true learning.

Small School

When students are connected to a close-knit group of peers and adults, they feel cared-for, heard, and safe. In this type of supportive environment, students are willing to take ownership of their learning and to be pushed to grow to their potential.


Authentic learning comes from curiosity combined with experience. By creating classes that give students greater autonomy in the classroom, our teachers become facilitators who foster the development of the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills necessary to become contributing members of society.


What do professionals say about us?

"The Lotus School is an educational program that considers the whole student. It creates a warm and caring environment that meets a teen’s physical, intellectual, and emotional needs in an atmosphere of acceptance. Students are challenged with the classics; dialogue and inquiry are encouraged. Meditation and mindfulness are integral parts of a student’s day. Additionally, the Lotus School is one of the few secondary schools in the area that recognizes the adolescent needs for healthy sleep; they begin the day at 9:00 a.m."

~ Dr. Gail Karafin, former president of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists

"Finding passion in a sustainable fashion versus immediate fashion is relevant for today's world. Not every school is the best school for every child. The Lotus School teaches academics while helping children grow skills of greater focus in the moment versus focus on other things that teenagers find rewarding. Teaching self-esteem and self-awareness while minimizing the needs that stimulate their appetite for loss of focus is such a valuable tool for teenagers who struggle with the traditional academic environment."

~ John Gannon MS, FPPR, Psychologist, Solebury PA

"The objective of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is to provide a well-rounded education to students who have failed to thrive in their previous placements. Although much of the presenting problem might be rooted in learning differences, we have found that adolescent anxiety is a significant cause of program failure. The Lotus School is a unique and powerful agent of change, providing a calm and nurturing learning environment, limited enrollment and individualized interventions within a model which teaches techniques of self-monitoring and self-soothing skills as well as relationship building among peer mentors and adult allies."

~ Anne Weller, M.Ed, MFT, Autism Family Services

Community-Focused and Student-Centered

The right balance between challenge and self-assurance is our goal.