Welcome to State College Friends School
Click the photo above to enjoy Greg Feinberg's film about the Peace testimony at Friends School.
Coming Up at State College Friends School
Summer Camp Begins June 12
Yes, we offer programs for preschoolers! We offer a variety of summer programs for children in Pre-K through Grade 7. Read more.
News and Noteworthy
Friends School Receives Outpouring of Gifts during 36-Hour Event
State College Friends School received more than $20,000 in contributions during the 36-hour online giving event, #CentreGives. The annual fundraising initiative, sponsored by Centre Foundation, provides a vehicle for qualified local non-profits to raise money for their organizations.
This year was the first time Friends School was able to participate. Beginning on May 9th at 8:00 a.m. donations to benefit State College Friends School began showing up on the #CentreGives website. By 5:00 p.m. on May 10th, the total amount raised was approaching the $20,000 mark. Shortly before the close of the event at 8:00 p.m., families, friends, alums, and neighbors had spread the word through email, face-to-face conversations, and social media, resulting in a last minute flurry of contributions bringing the closing total to $20,200 to benefit all students of State College Friends School.
“We were skeptical at first,” said Head of School Dan Hendey, “because the concept seems too good to be true, and we didn’t have the staff resources to dedicate to the event. But thanks to the efforts of our director of advancement and some really sharp volunteers, we were able to put a successful campaign out there.”
“To be able to raise over $20,000 in 36 hours in our first year of participation is nothing short of amazing,” added Hendey. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to our families, friends, and neighbors who contributed to the school; they really did the work and for that we are truly appreciative.”
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.
Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates
Additional photographs will be made available to families through the parent portal and via personal email beginning Monday, June 5.
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 from the Head of School
Meet Dan Hendey, Head of School, middle school math instructor, basketball coach, and favorite guest player for "mushroom ball" during recess. Follow Dan's weekly blog featuring all-school reminders and news.
Please visit with us to discover the benefits of an independent education built on the Quaker foundation of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Enrolling now for the 2017-2018 school year with flexible tuition, free transportation, and after school care for Pre-K through middle school.
Thank you for a very successful Fun Fair!
Please enjoy a gallery of photos by Rene Witzke and others. Photos of Fun Fair
State College Friends School
A Tradition of Successful Learners
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- Confident, Creative, Compassionate -