OUR VISION

Friends Meeting School is a premiere Quaker school which inspires students to change the world.  Our confident and compassionate students, encouraged by passionate teachers, become inquisitive leaders who aim to Seek and Speak Truth and Love.

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FMS at a glance

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We Are Family

An intentionally small school puts everyone on the same team, working together to exceed expectations. Parents, students, and teachers all play integral roles in our dynamic community.

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The average class size across our program is just 8 students. High School classes average 6 students, giving space for each student to take some responsibility.

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100%

Every single Friends Meeting School High School graduate has been accepted to his/her top-choice 4-year University - including American University, Auburn University Honors, and many more premiere schools.

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54 Acres

Vast expanses of land allow our students to explore the outdoors every day. Weekly nature walks, outdoor science exploration and experiments, and an on-campus farm (featuring multiple farming styles) empower students of all ages to learn with all their senses.

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6 SPICES

The Universal Quaker Values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality & Stewardship help students grow morally and spiritually, and shine light on the social dilemmas of growing up in the 21st century.

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6:1

Our Student-Faculty Ratio is among the best in the state! Students get the full attention of their teachers, who help them improve on their own abilities without worrying how they compare to others.

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5 Senses

The more senses you use to learn something, the more you will remember. Our teachers involve every sense (yes, even smells!) so lessons can really stick.

Grow With Us

Our K-4 students are responsible for our 5 organic raised garden beds, from beginning to end. Students select the seeds that they plant, cultivate their crops, and reap the rewards of a good harvest!

Lower School (k-4)

Active Learning Every Day

When young children love school, they’ll develop positive habits and goals that last a lifetime. At the beginning, Friends Meeting School presents students with active, play-based lessons, conditioning them with the concept that learning is a joyful process that leads to success and satisfaction.  These habits serve them well, making obstacles easier to overcome as learning grows more academic through the years.

This often translates to measurable academic excellence, as students who began their career at Friends Meeting School have been measured to be more than a whole grade ahead of the national average by the end of 4th grade.

Cultivating Unique Minds

No two students are the same. Our small classes, of 5-15 students, give each student space to develop individually, with the personal attention they each deserve. 

Hands-on learning opportunities like our "Great Garden Heroes" gardening program help students of all learning styles truly absorb their lessons.  Science, Social Studies, Math and Language lessons all get hands-on attention, bringing active & kinesthetic children something to rejoice about!

Digging Deep

Our 54-acre campus has become an outdoor learning laboratory. Students explore firsthand the flora and fauna that are attracted to our butterfly garden, organic garden beds, community farm, nature trails, and natural habitats (including a creek, forest, meadow, wetlands, and more).  

Curiosity + Creativity = Innovation

Imagination is the young person's version of problem-solving. When we harness the imagination, and cultivate those creative thoughts that children have, we can help them learn to embrace their own unique ways to overcome obstacles in the future.  Innovation doesn't happen without creativity!  With 8 students per class (on average), it's easy for our teachers to allow each student to find their own path.

Each Child To Their Highest Potential

Our readiness-based classes allow students to advance at their highest potential, joining higher grades for the subjects they excel at, and staying at grade level when added pressure would be counterproductive. Students from a wide range of grades often collaborate on larger projects, giving new perspectives to the younger students and leadership opportunities to the older ones.

A Sense Of Responsibility

The values of our Responsive Classrooms (see video) give students a sense of empowerment and ownership of their learning, allowing for student-led projects & lessons, and building a strong community bond through empathy and other social skills.

Respect (x3)

Our "Community Rule" covers all the bases, and provides a solid baseline for the consensus rules that the students create each year.

Respect Your Self

Our passionate teachers value each student's voice, and use the school's motto—Seek and Speak Truth and Love—as a guiding force, helping each student to be true to his- or herself, and learn to express their beliefs in a way that brings people together.

Dress codes and strict guidelines are replaced by a single "Community Rule," giving young students the flexibility their active minds require, while staying within a framework based on mutual trust.

In one of the most-watched TED talks of all time, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for our education model, which nurtures creativity.

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Middle School

Communicating In Every Way

It Takes All Kinds

Class Plays and Annual Variety Shows give every talent a time to shine!

This rollercoaster between childhood and adulthood gives rise to ever-changing concerns. Friends Meeting School's Middle School program gives students a broad base from which to grow, and provides opportunities to learn new ways to communicate their new priorities.

Frequent practice with Music, Drama, Fine Arts, Athletics, Spanish, Academic discussions, and more give students experience communicating through various media, allowing each to find the way(s) that work best.  Each student learns to embrace his or her own voice, without peer pressure to match some mysterious ideal, and small classes where even the quietest can be heard.

Skills For Success

Friends Meeting School provides a safe, guided environment where students follow schedules similar to those in the High School, with extra supports to help them learn the skills for success.  Switching between 6 different classes and teachers each day helps practice planning and flexibility, while keeping the students in each grade together allows time for deep personal bonds to form.

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Anyone Can Play

Every Middle School student gets instrumental experience of their choice, from piano to flute, electric guitar to cello.

While our students develop their academic skills, our curriculum helps them build a broad base of interests, talents, skills and experience from which to draw as they go on in life.

  • Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Drama and Music are important components of each student’s schedule.

  • Our Middle School Science Fair springboards many students each year to ribbon-worthy presentations at county festivals.

  • The Middle School Portfolio, where students collect their best work and present it annually to their advisor and parents, provides students with an opportunity for reflection and a sense of progress.

The Social Curriculum

Beginning and ending each day with a Homeroom session allows students to discuss the issues of the day.  Organization, Academic Prep, Social & Emotional Issues, and Teambuilding are handled in the first and last moments of the day, bookending the student experience with caring and thoughtful guidance.  Weekly Meetings for Worship allow for a more in-depth, focused approach to solving age-appropriate dilemmas.

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No One Is Alone

Age-appropriate social and emotional dilemmas are tackled in Homeroom and Meeting for Worship.

Smooth Transitions

Many Middle School students feel trapped between the joys of their earlier life and the responsibilities of their future.  Friends Meeting School helps students flow back and forth between the Lower School and higher expectations:

  • 5th & 6th graders occasionally enjoy recess and field trips with the 3rd & 4th graders

  • 7th & 8th graders act as Reading, Math and Gardening Buddies to the younger students, while taking high school-level Math and Science classes.

Activate Your Brain

Our arts, like our academics, are organized to have maximum effect on these growing brains.  The more we activate, the more practice students get for using those cylinders later in life.

Find Your Voice

This is also the age when students decide how they fit into the world around them. To help them with this process, our Middle School classes regularly take field trips to community service centers, neighborhood businesses, museums, performances, and nature centers.

High school

A Vigorous Preparation

The data is clear: over the past decades, colleges have become the gateway to a life full of options, freedom and monetary comfort.  But success at college depends on one thing – a focused, holistic preparation for the trials and tribulations of college life.  In fact, 100% of our our high school graduates have been accepted to their top-choice college.  What's more?  One of our first graduates finished his program at American University in just 3 years.

Friends Meeting School offers an experience that prepares students to overcome whatever college throws their way.

Academics

Once students have been through our vigorous Honors- and AP-Level academic classes, the students at Friends Meeting School have experienced a level of academia found only at other top-tier institutions.  Meaningful conversations replace rote memorization, and classes focus on a deep, lasting understanding that comes from diverse experiences. 

To prepare for an unknown future of problem-solving and integrated solutions, today's students need a broad base from which to accelerate.  Our diverse array of academic and elective class options give a taste of many different experiences, so our graduates can make informed decisions when it's time to choose a major.

Save The World, Get College Credit

Our AP Environmental Science class is one of many that teaches important topics for college credit.

Teamwork & Leadership

Our High Schoolers take the lead on all our school projects. From the Haunted Trail to the Community Play, from the Yearbook to our sports teams, the students lead (or assist directly with) the projects from start to finish. Students must juggle all the aspects of these productions, and learn firsthand how to keep every cog functioning properly.

Technology

Understanding technology isn’t just about knowing how to use it, but knowing when to use it. Friends Meeting School offers courses in programming, circuitry, robotics, and more, but balances that with classes where screens aren't permitted.  From shovels to Chromebooks, our diverse range of technological exposure prepares students for the wide array of rules and expectations at college--and beyond.

Some of the best people I’ve ever met
— Wil Reckley, class of '13

Independent Studies & Internships

In order to boost independent learning and intrinsic motivation, our high school students complete two full credits of study on their own. Whether taking an online course, learning a trade, or creating their own path of study, our students learn what it means to take the reins of their own schooling and motivate themselves to accomplish what they set out to do.

Ethical And Moral Decisions

Social challenges exist, even among the tight-knit community at Friends Meeting School. But here, unlike at large schools, students can’t hide – like in real life, it’s in their best interest to deal with their problems. Our Social Curriculum, Restorative Resolution program, and experienced Advisors help each student to make their own decisions on how to interact, and give them experience with peaceful conflict resolution.

Learn From The Ground Up

Our Science classes offer more labs than most schools, continuing our focus on hands-on experiences. Biology, Ecology, and AP Environmental Science classes perform research in forests, marshes, meadows, creeks, prairies, and more...all without leaving campus.

Electives And Arts

Many specific subjects are covered through our Electives program, which allows students a wide array of choices in order to pursue their passions.  Technology, Science, and Arts of all kinds play a huge role in Friends Meeting School students’ lives. Classes such as Music, Drama, Painting, Photography, and even Set Design and Woodworking benefit students’ public speaking and self-expression, and boost their aptitude to communicate in any medium. Our drama & music curricula are put on display each year through the Community Play and other High School Drama productions. 

Service & Stewardship

Friends Meeting School's mission is to graduate students who are understanding, insightful, and supportive citizens, so students must achieve and document at least 75 hours of service before graduation.

College Counseling

Throughout their high school career, Friends Meeting School students will work closely with the teacher of their choosing to plan for post-graduation plans, prepare goals and assist with the college selection and application process. In addition, our on-staff College Counselor assists all seniors with college decisions, and ensure that the final steps of the college admission process are completed in a timely manner.

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Student Learning Plans

No two students learn the same way! 

For those with validated documentation of a learning obstacle, Friends Meeting School will meet you where you are, with an individualized Student Learning Plan that can provide most common attention- and learning-based accommodations to help you succeed!  While the end result is similar to a 504 plan or an IEP, the process is incredibly simple and flexible to suit the needs of each student and family.

International Program

Friends Meeting School is proud to offer I-20 documentation to students from abroad considering study in the United States.  We are equipped to offer a comprehensive program to International students in Grades 7-12, culminating with a Friends Meeting School diploma for all those who meet our graduation requirements by Grade 12.

Fluent English must be demonstrated, and a host family/guardian must be privately arranged, prior to acceptance into our program.