Vision, Mission, Values & Philosophy


Making the world better by challenging minds, nurturing spirits and honoring individuality.

Mission Statement

Friends School is a supportive, dynamic community committed to educating the whole child — head, hand, and heart — and to training exceptional teachers for tomorrow’s classrooms. We provide a strong academic foundation while developing creative expression and nurturing a passion for learning. Our students gain a deep understanding of themselves and are inspired to act with compassion and integrity.

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  • Values Statement

    We believe in Head, Hand and Heart.
    We recognize and celebrate the gifts, challenges and inspirations of each individual. There are many ways to be smart, and there are many ways to learn about the world. Our teachers nurture students’ natural curiosity by engaging their minds, bodies and spirits in the learning process. Teachers ensure that students’ physical, social, emotional and cognitive interests are being engaged and strengthened in all learning experiences.
    We believe in community.
    A true education is founded in the myriad of life’s meaningful personal experiences and connections. Being part of a community where everyone feels safe, valued and connected greatly enhances learning. Our school is a place where everyone is nurtured and respected for his or her individuality and contributions to the good of the whole. We hold in high esteem rituals and traditions that help children develop self-awareness and understanding of themselves as part of the bigger world.
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  • Philosophy

    Friends School was founded by a small group of dedicated parents who envisioned a school where the whole child is educated and revered for who he or she is. Today, Friends School remains true to this vision and offers a comprehensive, independent, secular program for children in Preschool through Middle School. Small, collaborative classrooms, exceptional teachers, and a connected parent community enable students to learn respect for themselves, others, and our world.
    The Friends community supports growth and learning and nurtures respect, responsibility and safety. Being part of a positive environment supports children’s growth into healthy, contributing members of society.
    Our social/emotional curriculum helps students learn self-awareness and self-regulation, which in turn facilitates their interactions with and understanding of others.
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  • Integrated and Experiential Learning

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