Welcome to Our School Community
We'd love to have you visit to experience our approach to Pre-K through 8th grade education. Click here to view our upcoming event schedule, or contact Lisa Gamble for an appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a Pre-K through 8th grade school, guided and inspired by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. For nearly 40 years, families in State College and surrounding areas have chosen our small, independent school for its nurturing, inclusive culture, and reputation for hands-on, deep learning. In this unique school community students become successful learners who are confident, creative, and compassionate; ready to use their big ideas and values to help make the world a better place.
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. Learn More . . .
Parents and Students Describe What They Love about Friends School:
"We are new to Friends School but every day when we walk in, it’s clear from the children’s behavior that this is a place where they are welcomed, cared for, and have an unusual level of agency.
I also love that the children have a chance to get to know and feel connected to kids in other grades; they feel a part of a community, and it shows.
- Parent, Seta Toroyan
"For our daughter, the small class size and close-knit community in the Friends School Middle School allowed her to navigate those extremely formative years with grace and courage, paving the way for her to develop into the confident young woman she is now. "
- Parent, Molly Countermine Read more.
If You're Curious About How Friends School May be the Right Fit for Your Child, Come for a Visit.
This is the time of year when we begin to hear from families who are looking for an alternative to their child's current school situation. Sometimes it's because a student needs a smaller middle school community where they can be recognized for their individuality. Sometimes children aren't thriving in school for any number of reasons. If you're curious about a Friends education, please visit with us. Contact Lisa Gamble for a personal visit, stop by during a Walk-Through Wednesday, or plan to attend an Open House and Play Day. Open House and Free Play Day Schedule
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News and Noteworthy
If you missed our Free Winter Play Day and Open House
on Saturday, no worries; we'll host another Open House on Friday, February 22nd from 1 - 3, a Walk-Through Wednesday on March 6th, from 10-1, and a Play Day on Saturday, March 16th.
If you are interested in our Summer Camp program, register soon. Space is limited. Use this link to download application.
What Makes a Friends Middle School Different?
If you missed the February 7th Middle School Exploration and would like to know more about our unique program for students in 6th through 8th grade, please contact Associate Head of School Lisa Gamble. In the meantime, you may wish to read some of the reasons families have chosen Middle School at Friends.
Fourth and fifth grade students practice for “real” chemistry using colored water to make a rainbow. This is a safe way to practice reading a meniscus, measuring accurately, mixing safely, and using pipettes to transfer liquid, as the students prove competence in lab safety procedures and working together in a lab context.
The Annual Report 2017-2018 is Available Online
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