Welcome to State College 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.
Coming Up at State College Friends School
News and Noteworthy
Teachers and Staff Prepare for Start of New School Year at Friends
2/3 Teacher Joanne Thurston-Griswold found a beautiful royal blue carpet, "the perfect color for our morning circle space."
Lisa Gamble, associate head of school is busy completing classroom rosters, and others are preparing lessons and writing their summer welcome letters. Soon, we'll have our teacher and staff web pages updated and we'll be greeting new and returning families. We're really looking forward to this - but first, a few more servings of summer.
Head of School, Dan Hendey
Associate Head of School, Lisa Gamble
Director of Advancement, Lori Pacchioli
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.
Click the photo above to enjoy Greg Feinberg's film about the Peace testimony at Friends School.
Congratulations to our 8th Grade Graduates
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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