Friends Meeting School students communicate constantly 

 

Young Authors' Day gives our K-4 students a chance each year to write, illustrate and present a book to their friends & parents.

academic expression

Seek and Speak the Truth

Many of our academic pursuits end with a bang!  Our Lower School expresses pride in their studies through their annual Young Authors' DayCelebrate Science! Day, and even presentations on Grandparents & Special Friends' Day.  In Middle School, presentations take center stage, learning digital and analog presenting skills and culminating with award-winning Science Fair projects, and prize-winning "Destination Imagination" teams.  The High School's small classes focus attention on student-student and student-teacher communication, setting students up for college success.

The 2016 Community Play, The Lion King, Jr., raised $2,000 and 1,000lbs of food for the Frederick County Foodbank program.

Performing arts

Singing. Acting. Playing. Expressing.

Our Music & Drama program spans Kindergarten through 12th grade, featuring opportunities to perform in many media.  The extracurricular Community Play utilizes talents from across the student body and brings them together in a confidence-inducing, anxiety-destroying performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

From Saxophone to Shakespeare, from ABCs to A Cappella, performing builds communication skills that last a lifetime.

Our athletics program focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship and resilience above all else.

Athletics & Physical education

More than Movement

Moving is a vital part of a healthy childhood. When you add teammates and a healthy dose of competition, you'll discover your children finding new ways to communicate every day.  Our "you-practice-you-play" Grade 5-12 Athletic Program ensures that every student, regardless of experience, has the chance to be a true part of the teams, which regularly travel throughout the region to compete against other small schools in Cross-Country, Soccer, Basketball, and Track & Field.

Meetings for Worship focus our thoughts on a new theme every month, such as "Honesty," "Courage," or "Finding That of God in Me."

peace skills & quaker meetings

Bringing Depth To Conversation

Our Social Curriculum inspires students to treat each other with respect, finding "That of God" (or Good) in everyone.  Creative solutions like our Restorative Resolution program inspire students to listen to one another, and solve problems through collaboration rather than confrontation.

On top of this, every Wednesday brings together students and teachers of all beliefs and empowers them to discover their deepest truths and share their deepest concerns.  This practice of discovery and expression is summed up in the school motto, "Seek and Speak Truth and Love": Each student learns to find what's true for his- or herself, and to express that truth in a way that brings people together.

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a tight-knit learning community for all grades

 
 Stewardship Day brings together our entire community each year in pursuit of Simplicity and Stewardship.

Stewardship Day brings together our entire community each year in pursuit of Simplicity and Stewardship.

cooperation & collaboration

Friends Meeting School's K-12 community gathers together every day for an All-School Meeting, and several times each year for larger undertakings.  Our Community Play unites students of all grades in a single goal, while events like Stewardship Day count on the unique skills of all age levels to get things done.  Weekly Reading Buddies sessions allow Lower School students to learn from Middle Schoolers, and our athletics and extracurriculars include students from across the divisions.

Four times each year, our entire community comes together for Community Meeting for Worship, where younger students hear firsthand the deep values and thoughts of our upstanding parents, grandparents, and faculty.

 Our incredible Faculty brings a wide range of real-world experience to the classrooms, offering new perspectives on their subjects and making each lesson unique!

Our incredible Faculty brings a wide range of real-world experience to the classrooms, offering new perspectives on their subjects and making each lesson unique!

more than teachers 

Our passionate teachers are second-to-none, many of whom abandoned premiere career opportunities in their fields to teach at Friends Meeting School.  A Doctor of Metallurgy brings a unique perspective to her Chemistry classes, and a degree in Astrophysics sheds new light in our Astronomy & Physics classes.

Our intimate class sizes and first-name salutations make student-teacher interactions easy and plentiful.  Students relate to their caring teachers more as "Advisors" and "Mentors," with empathy and advice available as readily as lessons and projects.

 Parents are as active as they want to be, organizing events and fundraisers or working on committees with the school.

Parents are as active as they want to be, organizing events and fundraisers or working on committees with the school.

proud parents

Our parent community, the "Friends Community Co-op" (FCC for short) is an active group that invites all school families to participate in community events, fundraisers, and celebrations. Parent-run events like "Fall Fun Day" are hits with the whole surrounding community!

Participation levels vary between parents, and there's no particular obligation to take part, but those who do very quickly find a warm, inviting community of like-minded parents looking to give their kids the most memorable school experiences.

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PASSION FOR SERVICE & KINDNESS

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what friends students do

  • Learn through inquiry, reflection, and action in daily life.

  • Search for truth, valuing the challenge of competing ideas.

  • Resolve conflicts through respecting and listening to each other.

  • Value and embrace the diversity of cultures and religions in our communities.

  • Work for the good of society through active service learning.

  • Act courageously in alignment with core moral beliefs.

(From Friends Council on Education: Celebrating 325 years of Friends Education)

character and leadership

Small schools have unique strengths.  Key among these is the closeness of the community, which fosters incredible levels of trust and strong personal relationships.  With our focus on character-building and leadership preparation, parents often find our lessons an extension of their own at home.

In addition, class sizes like ours (averaging 9 students/class) mean students have to learn how to work with each other, even when they're not getting along.  Our teachers guide students closely through team-building and peaceful conflict resolution, creating real-world learning experiences that will serve them well in the close-knit workplaces of their future. 

global consideration

From an early age, our students show their compassion has no borders.  Every year, our announcement periods are filled with announcements for schoolwide fundraisers—for Syrian Refugees (led by 1st graders), the Rainforest Action Network (led by 3rd & 8th graders), the Frederick Community Food Bank (led by 4th graders), and local scholarship funds (led by the Middle & High Schoolers).

Field Trips and Internships give students real-world experience in environments outside the classroom, and allow each student to build a worldview that includes people who look or act differently.

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