Admission to Friends School
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 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 with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, creed, family structure, and economic background.
One of the comments we hear most frequently from families who come to visit State College Friends School and our Pre-K program at Friends Schoolhouse is “It just feels so good here!” That’s an affirming thing to hear, but it can also present a challenge. As we meet with prospective families who are curious about Friends education and our school in particular, we often wonder exactly how to describe what goes into creating that feeling, that intangible phantom, that spirit that is so present in every corner that our visitors feel it.
The feeling is not the result of any one thing. It’s created instead by so many things that work in concert, like the many instruments of an orchestra that blend together to produce a beautiful sound. It comes from the deep and genuine relationships you’ll observe between children, teachers, and parents. The vibrant, colorful displays of children’s work that adorn our hallways and common spaces contribute, too. The affection among students of all ages adds to the feeling, and so do the sounds of laughter, of children’s voices on the playground and in the Peace Choir and in the quiet alcoves that dot our building. The feeling comes from the work and the learning you see happening in the classrooms. You see it in the furrowed brow of a child learning to read, and in the joy in the eyes of a child experiencing a big ‘Aha!’ moment in math class. The feeling contains elements of joy and contentment, questioning and pondering, delight and occasional wackiness. It’s the product of so many people, so many things, so much Friends School history and tradition.
We would love to have you visit with us so that you can see, hear, and feel for yourself what a Friends School education could be for your child.
Associate Head of School
Join us for Open House or a Walk-Through Wednesday
We love visitors! To really understand what a small independent school like Friends School has to offer, it's best to see and feel the difference for yourself. Please join us during an upcoming Walk-Through Wednesday (the first Wednesday of each month), or contact Lisa Gamble to schedule a personal visit. Learn More
Discover the Difference of Friends Middle School
January 23rd - Register your child for a day of exploration, friendship, and vigorous hands-on learning. firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Play Day and Pre-K to Grade 8 Open House
Children ages 3 - 7 can enjoy guided indoor active play, crafts, stories, and snacks with parents. Parents tell us they enjoy the play days where they can meet other local families with children, share conversation, and satisfy their curiosity about Friends School with tours of classrooms. All are welcome!
Information Night for Pre-K through Middle School
January 24th from 6:00 p.m. - 8. This is where to have your questions answered about enrollment at Friends School. For those who find a daytime visit too challenging, join us for an informal look around the school and Q&A session. From 6:00 - 6:45, our Middle School teachers will offer an in-depth look at our Middle School curriculum.
Flexible Tuition at State College Friends School
Friends School offers an alternative to publicly-funded/charter K-8 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.
Our Associate Head of School, Lisa Gamble is happy to meet with families to discuss tuition and scholarship availability.
"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."
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