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 our students say about us?

Rosa Sophia

Without this school, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I graduated years ago, yet these teachers continue to be my friends and my support system. As a student, I was able to express myself creatively in ways that I could’ve never done in public school, following my dreams to create art, write, and finally enter the publishing industry. They encouraged me and helped me find my path. Thank you!

Crystal Ungaretta

The individualized approach and small classes helped me feel supported by my teachers and I stayed motivated. This prepared me for the next phase of my life. The mindfulness approach to teaching was therapeutic and gave me and my classmates a way to de-stress before absorbing the knowledge we needed to complete our courses. This school’s support was there when I needed it the most.

Christine Bennett

I could have gotten a “good” education anywhere—what I gained from this school goes beyond a traditional education. I have become a lifelong learner who can face all types of adversity without despair. I also believe I can contribute positively to my family and community due to the mindfulness practices that were instilled in me here. I never could have imagined making the dean’s list in college, living abroad, becoming a mother, having a career and running a business without this invaluable high school experience.

Brandon Shorts

I learned everything from languages to critical thinking to physics and chemistry. My passion in science and math was nurtured and it put me on a path leading to college for chemical engineering. I ended up graduating with a degree in industrial engineering instead, but that broad foundation has been integral in my further education.

Aaron Smith

Through various forms of meditation, mindfulness practice, and trying to combine these two things to help me train Shim Gum Do, this wonderful institution not only helped show me how to truly control my emotions and use them productively, but also enabled me to realize that I have such a huge support system in my life, and that asking for help is more than okay. I don’t know what I would have done or where I would be now without the school, but I do know for sure that it has changed and bettered so many lives, and for that, I am forever grateful.

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.

Community-Focused and Student-Centered

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