Welcome to State College Friends School
We offer Pre-K through grade 8 education in the Quaker tradition. 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.
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.
News and Noteworthy
State College Friends School joins leaders from 40 other Quaker schools and colleges in sending a letter to the President urging support of the DACA program and its recipients.
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.
Celebrating all the Ways Children Learn
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.
Thank you for a very successful Fun Fair!
Please enjoy a gallery of photos by Rene Witzke and others. Photos of Fun Fair
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A Tradition of Successful Learners
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