Friends’ Central School

Type: Day
Gender: Coed


Friends' Central School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students in Nursery through grade 12. Friends’ Central is committed to giving each student the opportunity to excel academically, nurture their passions, and focus on their mental and emotional health during this time of uncertainty. Exciting program additions for the 2020-2021 school year include anti-racist coursework, leadership and bias training, and learning management systems like Canvas and IXL for students. Find out how Friends’ Central goes further by talking with an Admissions Counselor, by scheduling a personal campus tour for your family, or by visiting friendscentral.org.

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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 [email protected] to schedule a (masked, socially distant) tour just for your family!