Welcome to Admissions
Hello, and thank you for visiting our website designed to offer a glimpse of daily life at State College Friends School. As you browse, I hope you'll find answers to many of the questions you may have about our unique approach to Pre-K through 8th grade education. Even more so, I hope you'll become inspired to connect in a more personal way - through a phone call, email, or family visit - to share information about your child and ask questions that reflect your family's individual interests.
While each Quaker school has its own distinct look and feel, when it comes to Quaker pedagogy, we share the hallmarks of a culture that's welcoming, inclusive, and supportive, and steeped in the rich tradition of reflective practice, skill development, collaborative inquiry, and critical thinking.
Our mission to serve the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each child is rooted in the Friends belief that there is an inward light in each person. As educators, we work together as a school community to lovingly tend to that light, helping each student to develop a love for learning and to prepare them to face challenges with confidence, creativity, and compassion.
Looking forward to fall 2021, we intend to offer Pre-K through 8th grade school -- in person -- just as we did last year (thanks to strong mitigation efforts, supported by faculty, staff, and families . . . and by the tremendous resilience of our students!)
We would love to have your family visit our small independent school to learn more about the value of a Friends education and to see how our program can help your child grow in their big hopes and dreams.
Director of Admissions, Outreach, and Scholarship
Flexible Tuition at SCFS
Friends School offers an alternative to public school, including publicly-funded charter schools. We serve families in State College, Bellefonte, Bald Eagle, Penns Valley, Tyrone, and Huntingdon school districts.
Also referred to as private schools, independent programs, such as Friends School, are funded through tuition and supplemental income from a variety of sources, primarily individual donors: current and alumni families and friends of the school who believe in the importance of a Friends education; local businesses, and small grants.
We want as many people as possible, who truly 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, when possible, to help make a Friends education available. Presently, we are able to offer flexible tuition* to K-8 families. For Pre-K families seeking financial assistance, the ELRC (Early Learning Resource Center of Centre County) offers a subsidy to qualifying families.
* K-8 flexible tuition means that the amount a family pays is based on income, assets, and other pertinent financial information. An application for flexible tuition is made through an independent organization - NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). Tuition recommendations made by NAIS are reviewed by members of the school's Finance Committee. Please inquire further about tuition by contacting Lori Pacchioli at 814-237-8386.
"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!"
"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."
" . . . I am so delighted with the integration of spirituality, mind/body wellness into the curriculum. I’m also always impressed by how the school integrates learning about others’ cultures and traditions throughout their lessons. Walking into Friends School feels like receiving a big hug . . . It is a warm, loving, educationally enriching environment where quite literally all are welcome."
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IRS notice for 501 C3 non-profit organizations: State College Friends School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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