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What's Happening at State College Friends School
Winter Play Days
Children ages 3 - 7 enjoy supervised indoor games and creative play while parents tour the school or enjoy coffee and conversation with other parents of young children.
Saturday, February 18th, 1:00 - 3:00
Saturday, March 18th, 9:30 - Noon.
Evening Information Session K-8
Thursday, January 26th 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Visit with us to learn more about a Friends education, flexible tuition, and enrollment. Hear from parents of students why they chose a Friends education. Details and more events.
News and Noteworthy
State College Friends School K-8 has been named "Best Private/Charter School" in State College. We are an independent school built on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. All faith beliefs are welcome.
Admissions with Lisa Gamble
Welcome to State College Friends School, an independent Pre-K and K-8 school built on the foundation of the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. For more than 35 years, our teachers and staff have been helping students to become successful learners -- confident, creative, and compassionate. We invite you to visit to see children at work and play; we believe you'll feel the difference of an independent school education.
State College Friends School offers an independent K-8 program at our main campus at 1900 University Drive and Pre-K for children ages 3 - 5 (Friends Schoolhouse) at 611 East Prospect Avenue, in the annex of State College Friends Meeting.
It's really true that our students love coming to school; they tell us so, parents agree, and alums confirm this with frequent visits full of nostalgic reflection. There's something that feels warm and welcoming -- some say "magical" -- about State College Friends School. Read More.
Lisa Gamble, Associate Head of School oversees admissions at State College Friends School. As a K/1 teacher for more than seventeen years with Friends School, Lisa deeply knows the needs and developmental milestones of young children. Lisa's long relationship with Friends School is instrumental in helping parents understand the academic, social, and emotional needs of students as they span their elementary and middle school years.
Please note: Walk-Through-Wednesdays at our K-8 school are the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Drop in for a peek inside our classrooms. No appointment necessary.
Introduction to State College Friends School (Pre-K to Grade 8)
At Friends School, we believe that education is a lifelong journey. We view learning as a process of exploration and self-discovery through which children build skills and knowledge experientially by working with teachers and fellow students. We lovingly challenge and support our students to become strong academically, to develop responsible independence, and to appreciate the value of service to others.
As we nurture the light in every child, we strive to help each one develop confidence, imagination, compassion, and hope. We also recognize that the pace and style of learning is different for every child. Our teachers honor these differences by supporting all children and by placing importance on all aspects of learning: intellectual and physical development, social and emotional growth, creative expression, and spiritual awareness. Read More.
HEADLINES - A Weekly Blog
Meet Dan Hendey, Head of School, middle school math instructor, and favorite guest player for "mushroom ball" during recess. Follow Dan's weekly blog featuring all-school reminders and news. Read More.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
For more than 35 years State College Friends School has been helping students become successful learners -- individuals who are confident, creative, and compassionate. Your support is a key ingredient in their success. Please READ MORE to learn about the value of your gift.