Admission to State College Friends School
State College Friends School looks for students who will benefit from our instructional style and who will contribute positively to the life of the school community. We are an independent, tuition-based school, seeking families who are supportive of our Quaker values and our educational goals. Friends School is committed to building and maintaining a community that is diverse and inclusive with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, creed, family structure, and economic background.
One of the comments we hear most frequently from families who come to visit State College Friends School and our Pre-K program at Friends Schoolhouse is “It just feels so good here!” That’s an affirming thing to hear, but it can also present a challenge. As we meet with prospective families who are curious about Friends education and our school in particular, we often wonder exactly how to describe what goes into creating that feeling, that intangible phantom, that spirit that is so present in every corner that our visitors feel it.
The feeling is not the result of any one thing. It’s created instead by so many things that work in concert, like the many instruments of an orchestra that blend together to produce a beautiful sound. It comes from the deep and genuine relationships you’ll observe between children, teachers, and parents. The vibrant, colorful displays of children’s work that adorn our hallways and common spaces contribute, too. The affection among students of all ages adds to the feeling, and so do the sounds of laughter, of children’s voices on the playground and in the Peace Choir and in the quiet alcoves that dot our building. The feeling comes from the work and the learning you see happening in the classrooms. You see it in the furrowed brow of a child learning to read, and in the joy in the eyes of a child experiencing a big ‘Aha!’ moment in math class. The feeling contains elements of joy and contentment, questioning and pondering, delight and occasional wackiness. It’s the product of so many people, so many things, so much Friends School history and tradition.
We would love to have you visit with us so that you can see, hear, and feel for yourself. If you’d like to visit our Pre-K at Friends Schoolhouse, or our K - 8 school for a tour and a chat, and to explore whether we’d be a good match for your child, please be in touch.
Associate Head of School
Join us for a Walk-Through Wednesday, any 1st Wednesday of each month, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for a look around Friends School (K-8). A parent ambassador will show you around the school and answer questions you may have about our program.
Flexible K-8 Tuition at State College Friends School
Friends School offers an alternative to a public or charter school K-8 education for families residing in State College and surrounding school districts. Free K-8 transportation is provided through the district.
We also offer a Pre-K program for children ages 3 to 5, who are practicing their friendship skills, eager to explore, and ready for a child-centered group experience outside the home. Learn more.
As an independent school, we offer affordable, flexible tuition to a broadly-diverse community, and welcome inquiries from all families interested in knowing more about tuition and financial assistance.
Often referred to as private schools, independent programs such as Friends School are funded through tuition and contributions from alumni, current families, grandparents, like-minded community members, and grants.
A decision to enroll your child in an independent school is a significant family decision that requires research and planning. The first step in this decision-making process should be a visit to our school. During a visit you can learn more about the value of a Friends education and the steps you can take to apply for tuition assistance if you wish. Please plan to attend one of our scheduled Open House events or contact Lisa Gamble firstname.lastname@example.org for a personal visit. We look forward to welcoming you.
Video above: Shelley Roderick, mom of three Friends School students, shares some thoughts about choosing Friends School.
Choosing an independent school is an investment to be thoughtfully considered. We invite interested families to learn more about flexible tuition and the benefits of a child-centered Pre-K to grade 8 experience. Please visit with us.
"It's an investment, for sure, but I can't imagine ever looking back and saying, 'Geez, I wish we had gotten a bigger house instead.' Seriously, we've made sacrifices in our family but we want an education that will give our daughter the tools she needs to grow into an independent, confident person who sees the positive aspects of life and who pursues a path of leadership and action for the betterment of society. But this is not at the expense of childhood. At Friends School she is nurtured and loved; she is playful and curious and excited about learning. The teachers at Friends School are totally invested in children, and the whole Quaker philosophy of education is a reflection of our beliefs and wants for her." - Friends School Parent
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