Welcome to Our School Community
We'd love to have you visit to experience our child-centered approach to Pre-K through 8th grade education. We invite you to visit during a Walk-Through Wednesday or during the Fun Fair on May 11th. To arrange a visit that suits your schedule, please contact our Associate Head of School Lisa Gamble email@example.com
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
Friends School Hosts Inter-generational Fair
State College Friends School and Penn State's Intergenerational Leadership Institute are partnering to host the area's first community-wide inter-generational gathering, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.
Thank you for a wonderful Fun Fair!
The weather was glorious, the food delicious, the baked goodies really scrumptious, and the games, music, face painting, and crafts lots of fun!
We had pony rides, a petting zoo, magic show, and yard sale treasures.
It was a partly cloudy day when the State College Friends School went to the Penn State Arboretum on Arbor Day. We Students in grades Kindergarten to eighth grade eagerly exited the buses and began the field trip with singing about how important the planet is. After singing a few favorite songs, including “I am the Earth,” the school separated into groups. We explored the Arboretum by going to different stations around the area. We learned about how our water level is decreasing. We also learned how to tell the age of a tree by counting the rings on the inside of the tree.
The field trip helped us to more deeply understand some of the lessons we learn in our classrooms. By Abby Vance, 5th grade
Friends Middle School Launches Fund Raising Campaign to Take MLK Exhibit on the Road. Learn More.
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.
The Annual Report 2017-2018 is Available Online
Read A Friendly Voice
Student Artists Become Entrepreneurs for a Day
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