Admission to Friends School Pre-K through 8th Grade
State College Friends School welcomes 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 students from 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.
One of the comments we hear most frequently from families who come to visit State College Friends School is, “It feels so good here!” We believe this feeling is the result of many things -- our student-centered approach to education; our Quaker roots and practices; beloved school traditions; vigorous academics rather than test-driven instruction, and the families, faculty, staff, volunteers, and trustees that make up our school community.
Upon visiting, one of the first things you'll notice is the warm, almost home-like feel of the school, designed for student autonomy, independent and group work, social gatherings, and connection with nature. Throughout the school, you’ll hear respectful language, positive encouragement, and lots of joyful laughter. Right away, you'll get a sense of the genuine relationships between children and teachers here and the warmth of community.
We'd love to have you visit with us so that you can see, hear, and feel for yourself what a Friends School education could mean for your child.
Friends School offers an alternative to publicly-funded/charter schools for families residing in State College and surrounding communities. Also referred to as private schools, independent programs, such as Friends School, are funded through tuition and supplemental contributions from a variety of sources -- primarily individual donors, local businesses, and small grants.
We want as many people as possible, who understand the value of a Friends education, to be able to become a part of the Friends School community. Therefore, we are committed to offering flexible tuition to help make a Friends education available.
K-8 flexible tuition means that the amount a family pays -- from full tuition to partially funded tuition -- varies based on parents' income, assets, and other pertinent financial information. For qualified families with children ages 3-5 in Pre-K, the federal government offers financial assistance through a subsidized childcare program. Visit dhs.pa.gov for information and application for Pre-K qualifications. Our associate head of school, Lisa Gamble can explain flexible in greater detail.
What Parents Say About Friends School :
"What makes the Friend's School stand apart for us is the attention paid across grades to the whole child, their intellectual, emotional, and social well-being. This underlying intention, shared by all the teachers and staff, permeates the instruction and informs the care paid to the academic and social lives of the students. Practically this intention is put into practice with the small mixed-grade classes, which allow the older children to model what it means to be a good student and friend for the younger ones and the younger ones to gain self-confidence in their interactions and friendships.
Because the class sizes are small and the teachers see the same students over two years, they get a true sense of the individual children and can form a meaningful bond that can be the foundation to instill a true love of learning.
We also love that the kids get to play outside more than in the public schools. Outdoor play has repeatedly been shown to improve learning outcomes as it allows students to focus on learning when it is time to do so. Kids need and love to be outside and move!"
- Parent, Clara Drummond
"One of the things we love about Friends School is the way every child is known deeply. We know our children are loved and cared for by teachers and staff and that's really important to us. We know they'll have the academic experience they need but the sense of belonging and community we find at Friends is really unique."
We love visitors! To really understand what our small, independent school has to offer, it's best to see and feel the difference for yourself. Our students and teachers are always happy to share what's going on in their classrooms.
Walk-Through Wednesdays (1st Wednesday of each month from 10:30 - 1) are an informal way to get a feel for the difference of an education at Friends School. If you prefer to schedule a visit on a day that suits your schedule, contact our associate head of school Lisa Gamble.
Open House & Play Day Schedule
Pre-K to Grade 8 Evening Open House from 6 - 8p.m.
with Middle School Exploration from 6 - 7:30.
Thursday, Jan. 30th
Pre-K to Grade 8 Open House and
Winter Play Day (ages 3-5)
Saturday, Feb. 15th from 9:30 - Noon
See us at the Summer Youth Fair too!
Pre-K to Grade 8 Open House
Friiday, Feb. 21 from 10:00 - 1:00
Pre-K to Grade 8 Open House & Play Day (ages 3-5)
Saturday, Mar. 2nd from 9:30 - Noon
Pre-K to Grade 8 Open House & Play Day (ages 3-5)
To be announced.
"I love how learning takes place in so many different ways at Friends School - in every grade. Teachers have an amazing ability to identify the strengths of each child and to help them polish and shine those nuggets of ability. But in the most creative ways, they also help children to grow confidently and stretch their abilities that are still developing. It's like beautiful magic!"
State College Friends School