Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Friends. We are celebrating 30 years of making the world better by challenging minds, nurturing spirits and honoring individuality.
30 years ago, Friends began with just a handful of students in the lower grades. Today, we are thrilled to expand our school from 2 year olds through seventh grade and into eighth grade next year.
Each year, just before the end of the school year, our fifth grade class participates in the fifth grade hike, an important event that celebrates the incredible work they have done in developing compassion, character, academic excellence, and a sense of deep connection to themselves and the world around them.
I often hear from parents that this event brings together everything that encompasses the entire Friends School experience. Following last year’s hike, I received these reflective words from a parent of one of those graduates: “These children and their parents and teachers have shaped my child’s life. This community is our village. I knew in that moment that all that he has become is in part due to the heart of Friends School. Friends has honored his heart and allowed it to flourish, his kindness to grow, his spirit to soar. After yesterday’s event, I wanted one more year at Friends for him, or perhaps to start it all over and really savor it this time.”
This school is a special place, a place where children are known and honored, where they are encouraged to grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, creatively and physically, a place where integrated learning is at the forefront of our philosophy of education.
Here at Friends we are proud of the way we challenge kids to stretch and learn. One of my favorite things is to hear from our alumni parents about how prepared our students are for their teenage years and beyond. They are confident, thoughtful, accomplished, respectful, and kind.
Thank you for visiting our website. I warmly encourage you to visit us in person to experience the unique programs and spirit of our school.