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Friends School Haverford

Friends School Haverford

Type: Day
Gender: Coed
851 Buck Lane
Haverford, PA

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Students Learn to Find Their Voice, Speak Their Truth and Use it for Good.

Embedded in the mission of our Quaker school is the belief that each child deserves to be seen, heard, and deeply known. From the youngest nursery school students to the graduating 5th-graders, we believe each and every child has their own, inimitable voice and that our job is to help them find that voice and speak their truth. The nurturing environment and culture of kindness at Friends School Haverford creates a safe place for students to be accepted for who they are, make mistakes without judgment, and develop self-confidence. This confidence allows them to speak up and advocate for themselves and others. Our youngest students learn that their little voices can carry powerful messages about truth and fairness in their annual March for Peace in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early elementary students learn to approach writing as a search for words that are true and meaningful for them. Older elementary students learn to speak up for change and to take action as they lobby Congress for reform and teach younger classes about social justice topics. By participating in these real-world experiences, our students come to understand that their voice can make a difference.

Awards or Certifications:

Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

Our program is rooted in academic challenge, intellectual vigor, artistic expression, service, and kindness. We encourage children’s curiosity, creativity, and joy of discovery as they grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

We foster an atmosphere in which students learn to work independently and in cooperation with others. They are challenged to question, explore, reflect, reason, and communicate effectively.

Friends School Haverford cultivates a community characterized by diversity in belief, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic background. We emphasize the Quaker tenets of integrity, service, simplicity, equality, community, peaceful conflict resolution, stewardship, and sustainability.

Students are encouraged to listen inwardly and to learn to recognize That of God** in themselves and others. These shared values are reflected in the daily life of our School and in Meeting for Worship.

We teach our students to be contributing members of the community, to grow and to change with flexibility and courage, and to treat others with care and understanding.

Friends School Haverford graduates possess the intellectual and spiritual skills necessary to envision and create successful and meaningful lives.

What is your mission statement?

Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family. We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness. Friends School Haverford graduates are uniquely prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.