The Lotus School at a Glance

Small schools that are student-centered and teacher-powered make a difference.

Young people sometimes need something different.


The mission of The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is to cultivate a 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.

What We See…

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.

What We Do…

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 an 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.

What They Say…

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