Welcoming families to our Pre-K through grade 8 learning community
Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website. Although these are uncertain times due to the pandemic, State College Friends School remains committed to a child-centered education built on the foundation of the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. With strong mitigation practices in place throughout our school, and the dedication of families, we are enjoying school in person.
Looking forward to fall, we are offering after school or weekend in-person tours, for those interested in learning more about enrollment in our small independent school. Presently, we have a waiting list for our Pre-K program. More information may be found on our Pre-K page.
I invite your questions about our current approach to in-school learning during the pandemic; plans for next year; curriculum; flexible tuition; what it means to be a Quaker (Friends) school, or anything else you may be wondering about with regard to our school community.
Please call me at school during the week at 814-237-8386 or email me at email@example.com. Let's discover what a Friends School education could mean for your family.
Director of Admissions, Outreach, and Scholarship
Flexible Tuition at Friends School
Friends School offers an alternative to public school, including publicly-funded charter schools. We serve families in State College, Bellefonte, Bald Eagl, 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 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. Presently, we are able to offer flexible tuition to K-8 families.
K-8 flexible tuition means that the amount a family pays -- from full tuition to partially funded tuition -- varies based on family income, assets, and other pertinent financial information. Once an application for enrollment is completed, a family may apply for flexible tuition through an independent organization - NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).
For qualified families with children ages 3-5 in Pre-K, Pennsylvania offers financial assistance through a subsidized childcare program. Visit dhs.pa.gov for information and application. State College Friends School participates in the STARS Program. (We are not, however, a PRE-K Counts program).
What Parents Say About Friends School :
"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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