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Welcome from the Head of School


Joe Doherty

Since 1980, State College Friends School has provided students with an unparalleled education grounded in a culture of love. 


Welcome to State College Friends School! You will find, both in our website and in person, that we are a school that believes in the power of community. SCFS is small by design, where every child is known, supported, challenged, and cared for by our outstanding teachers. Respect and inclusion are values that are at the core of our community. We are, for all of our students, a safe place to learn, grow, and develop into their best selves. 


Friends schools have been providing a progressive education for over 300 years. We are guided by the testimonies of equity, simplicity, peacebuilding, and stewardship. These values, which inform all aspects of our school, are timeless and critically important in giving our students the tools to be changemakers and live lives of integrity. Resolving conflict peacefully, finding unity with peers, and seeing the light in others will serve our students well beyond their years at SCFS.


Our classrooms are filled with the palpable joy of learning. We foster student agency and unlock the students’ hidden talents while fostering a love for learning. While our website provides the details you need to know about our community, I invite you to visit our campus and see for yourself the power of a Friends education. 




Joe Doherty

Head of School