Private Schools
Friends’ Central School

Friends’ Central School

Type: Day
Gender: Coed


Friends’ Central School is a coeducational, college-preparatory, Quaker school offering an outstanding independent school education to students in nursery through grade 12. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Friends’ Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students. In every grade, students are encouraged to think for themselves and to find the courage to voice their opinions while understanding the importance of respectfully agreeing and disagreeing with one another in their quest for discovery.

Friends' Central now offers a Nature Nursery, where the youngest students, beginning at age 2 years and 7 months, learn important lessons about sharing, friendship, math, art, science, and reading in the context of the woods, gardens, stream, and fields of the beautiful campus. The learning will take place, as much as possible, outside.

Awards or Certifications:

PAIS Accreditation

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

Since its establishment in 1845 by the Religious Society of Friends, Friends' Central School has been guided by Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. Friends' Central offers rigorous and varied educational experiences in academics, the arts, and athletics, helping our students realize their potential and achieve at the highest levels possible. We encourage trial and error, critical thinking and questioning, and intellectual courage in all areas of our curriculum. We strive to balance competence in using sophisticated technology with the richness of a humanistic education. Students' individual interests are encouraged and supported while essential skills are carefully honed.

We intentionally seek a wide spectrum of diversity in our School community. We respect that diversity unreservedly and strive to enhance and support it. Diversity influences how we teach, learn, and communicate. It enriches the community and furthers understanding that each human life is intrinsically valuable and interrelated, one with another.

We realize that our students have instant access to world events, and we help them generate a social conscience in their actions within the community as well as in the wider world. We want them to develop compassion for fellow human beings across national boundaries and to value the environment. Accordingly, there are many opportunities for service, where experiential learning provides us with the awareness that we can make a difference both locally and globally.

What is your mission statement?

We cultivate the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of our students




Find out how Friends’ Central goes further. Visit our magical 18-acre Lower School campus or our bucolic 26-acre Middle and Upper School campus. Contact to schedule a personal tour!