Welcome to Friends School
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.
News and Noteworthy
State College Friends School has been voted "Best Private/Charter School" in the State College Magazine's Best Of issue. We are honored to have received the Gold Award for this reader's survey feature.
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.
Walk-Through Wednesdays at State College Friends School
What does a Friends School education look like, sound like, feel like? Drop by the first Wednesday of the month to discover for yourself.
Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., stop at the front desk to announce yourself, then enjoy a casual walk-through with one of our parent volunteers. You'll visit classrooms, the playgrounds, our library and art room, observing K - 8 students and teachers at work and play. (If you'd like to tour our Pre-K program at Friends Schoolhouse, we prefer that you make an appointment.)
If you've been curious about the qualities of a Quaker (Friends) education and how your child may benefit from a child-centered approach to learning, come for a no-obligation visit. We're happy to share information about tuition and financial assistance, our views on the value of alternatives to standardized testing, and the ways in which a Quaker education prepares students to meet challenges with confidence, creativity, and compassion. All are welcome.
Pre-K at Friends Schoolhouse
Friends Schoolhouse is the early learning program of State College Friends School, guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Our Pre-K schoolhouse is a beautiful, nature-inspired space where children grow in self confidence and social awareness while building developmentally appropriate skills that prepare them for continued experiences in formal learning. It's a caring, family-oriented place where light-filled rooms and cozy Read more.
Thank You for Supporting Students and Local Businesses
The annual SPICES of Life Celebration is a signature friend and fund raising event observing the values of our school culture and community - simplicity, peace, integrity, equality, and stewardship. Proceeds from the silent and loud auction, boutique, and donations for tickets go to the Scholarship Fund. Through this fund we are able to serve a broadly-diverse student community, making a Friends education available to many. On November 12th attendees and local business donors helped us to raise $17,450 to benefit students. Thank you!
An Invitation to Support Education at State College Friends School
When you give a gift to State College Friends School, it comes with a clear message to teachers and staff:
Gifts to State College Friends School are tax deductible. When making an online gift, please note there is a 2.2% plus .30 transaction fee (PayPal) that will be subtracted from your contribution. SCFS may not assess a surcharge. You may add an additional amount to cover fee, if you wish.
More than ever, we need positive role models and positive messages for society's children. Everything about Friends School gives me hope, for my own family and the wider community.
HEADLINES - A Weekly Blog from the Head of School
Meet Dan Hendey, Head of School, basketball coach, and favorite guest player for "mushroom ball" during recess. Follow Dan's weekly blog HEADLINES, 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.
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A Tradition of Successful Learners
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