Intentionally Amazing Learning.

Friends Meeting School is a non-profit, independent, college preparatory school for grades K-12 in Frederick County, Maryland.

About Friends Meeting School

Authenticity is at the core of Friends Meeting School’s academic experience—we lift up what’s real. In true Quaker fashion, our community’s energy is warm, welcoming and sensitive to impacts on others and the world around us. FMS students engage in healthy risk taking and work through constructive discomfort.

We know that when you’re “seen” you feel the support necessary to turn these moments into impactful learning. Along the way, our students develop into curious and engaged scholars aware of their place in the world and poised to make a difference as they prepare for college and beyond.

Watch Friends Meeting School in action in the video below.


Quaker Values

Why Quaker?

Our program is rooted in Quaker principles and practices. Quakers believe that everyone is deserving of respect, everyone possesses an “inner light.” They also believe that the truth (or “Truth”) is never revealed in a single moment; rather, it gradually emerges through experience.

Quaker Values

Inclusive Community

Inclusive Community

Each individual has a voice--this is rooted in the Quaker belief that everyone possesses an inner light. We develop best when we exercise that voice and when we create space to hear the voice of others, especially when it represents a different perspective.

Friends Meeting School Community

Friends of Nature

Friends of Nature

Nature and the outdoors play a vital role at Friends Meeting School. From our youngest students' regular hikes through acres of forest, to our upper school biology classes’ direct access to 7 unique biomes, science and nature intermingle at all levels of our K- 12 program.

Friends Meeting School Students in Nature


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Lower School

Grades K-4
Elementary School


Middle School

Grades 5-8


Upper School

Grades 9-12
High School

By the Numbers


Year founded

Student to teacher ratio
Families that receive financial aid
Students who identify as people of color

What People Say About Our School


We only wish we’d found this school sooner.

Parents from Damascus, MD

Once I saw the school... I knew immediately I wanted my children to attend.

Parent from Frederick, MD

The school provides an avenue for every child to shine.

Parent from Clarksburg, MD


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