Welcome to Our School Community
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 nature, 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
"I was volunteering yesterday in the room where we answered the question, "how long is our room measured in 2nd graders?" I just want to add that these anecdotal stories ( Facebook post ) aren't a collection of the best of the best - this is yesterday's snapshot, and represents everyday's snapshot.
As a parent and former physics teacher, I love this curriculum and how our teachers teach it. It is full of inquiry, problem solving, and recognition that there are many "right" ways to think about math problems. Every 1 hour class has a balance: a bit of drilling to keep old learning fresh, some teamwork, some public speaking in the form of presentation at the board, some hands on manipulative to see how math represents real quantities. Each week I volunteer I fear the room will ignite as sparks fly from each kid in turn. They are all thriving.
I leave feeling grateful. Every. Single. Day."
- Parent, Elizabeth Crisfield
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News and Noteworthy
Friends School Receives $10,000 Gift for Scholarship
BB & T Bank representatives Michael Petrine and Chad Feather presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to State College Friends School to support flexible tuition through the Pre-K through 8th grade Scholarship Fund. The contribution was made through the PA tax credit program known as EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit).
As a small, independent school, State College Friends School undertakes several initiatives to raise money to make flexible tuition possible for many families. The contribution by BB&T Bank to the Scholarship Fund provides a significant and direct benefit to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
What do Parents Say About Friends School?
"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
If You're Curious About Our School, 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. Where space is available in our classrooms, we can enroll students now or after the winter break. 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
Walk-Through Wednesdays-1st Wednesday of the Month
Families curious about a Friends School education are invited to stop by the 1st Friday of each month for a look around the school and a chat with staff and parents of current students. No appointment necessary. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SPICES of Life Celebration Supports Scholarship
This gallery of photographs, provided by Nathan Elliott offers a glimpse of the evening's friend- and fundraising event.
The Annual Report 2017-2018 is Available Online
Read A Friendly Voice
Friends School adds Pre-K classroom and additional K/1
Student Artists Become Entrepreneurs for a Day
Donnan Stoicovy Named Interim Head of School
Fun Fair Raises Thousands for Student Scholarship
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Centre Gives Breaks Record with $1,425,745 in Donations and Friends School Raises $17,100.
State College Friends School Honored With Emerald Award for Recycling. Learn More .
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