About Us

The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is an independent private high school in Ottsville, Pennsylvania. Our primary focus is to cultivate a community of compassionate, mindful, life-long learners. Our rigorous curriculum, small classes, and experienced educators help to develop students' confidence and self-awareness and to prepare them for college. Using individual paths to success, our students learn to meet life's challenges.

Our Campus


The school is located in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The school building is simple and intimate in its design, creating a peaceful environment where students feel safe. The 6.5 acres of our rural campus setting allow for outdoor class time and care-taking opportunities.

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Our Numbers

Grades 9-12

2:1 Student / teacher ratio

80% of faculty with advanced degrees

Most faculty has 20 years experience

4 Daily meditations

1:1 Computer / student ratio

5th Year transition

Our Core Values


With the goal of accomplishing tasks with less stress, accepting what appears in the present moment, and being open to what is next, students have a way to manage difficulties and to practice being grounded and genuine.


Based on strong relationships between teachers, students, and community groups, community-based learning involves exploring the best interests of the group while maintaining personal responsibility.


Learning to care for the physical school and volunteering for local organizations help our students connect their practice of empathy and compassion to the greater community.


We cultivate skilled, well-adjusted, resilient young adults who can flourish in challenging environments.

Our Story

In 1998, Peter Ryan and Stephanie Kenney recognized a need in our community for a high school that not only provided high quality academics, but also the life skills necessary to cope with challenging personal circumstances. Along with several other colleagues, they founded Tinicum Art and Science, perhaps the first Zen Buddhist high school in North America. Students there trained in mindfulness practices alongside their academic coursework.

Tinicum closed at the end of the 2016 school year; but the administrators, staff, and community felt that the unique education that Tinicum offered needed to continue. That next year, a core group of faculty and staff opened The Lotus School of Liberal Arts based on the same principles of mindfulness and compassion to continue to meet the academic and personal needs of underserved students.

Our Mission

We cultivate a high school community of compassionate, mindful, lifelong learners who are able to meet life’s challenges with the confidence and knowledge of how their efforts can help create a better world for themselves and others.

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