Friends Meeting School

Dedicated to providing a dynamic, experiential education in the context of Quaker values, to fortify each student`s mind, body, and spirit within a diverse environment, and to empower students to let their lives speak in their community and in the world.
Real Learning for Real Life: Students get their hands dirty, literally and figuratively, sorting out the problems of the world and developing skills that prepare our students for college - and for life.
Award-winning arts and athletic programs balance a vigorous, college-preparatory academic workload.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Other school association(s)
Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Accommodations made for all students with testing. We have learning specialists on staff and a tutor available on-site for any extra help.
Year Founded 1997

Student Body

Total Students 88 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade Friends Meeting School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 6 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus (AB & BC), AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Modern World, AP Physics, AP US History,
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Trey Harris


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Astronomy Star Gazing Nights, Be The Change Club, Chorus, Community Enrichment Club, Community Play, Cultures Club, Drama, Homework Club, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Orchestra, School Newspaper, Spelling Club, Student Council, Student Government, Yearbook Chorus, Community Play, Cultures Club, Drama, Homework Club, Orchestra, Spelling Club, Yearbook, Astronomy Star Gazing Nights,
Be The Change Club,
Community Enrichment Club,
Model United Nations,
National Honor Society,
School Newspaper,
Student Council,
Student Government,

School Notes

  • We prepare each student's Mind, Body and Spirit for whatever lies ahead.
  • MIND
    • Small class sizes (15 students max) allow for highly differentiated instruction
    • On-Site Tutoring space available during & after school
    • Caring, educated teachers cultivate a respectful and nurturing learning environment
    • A vigorous academic curriculum covers the foundations of each subject, and extends to challenge students through the AP level
    • Individualized "Student Learning Plans" allow all the faculty to unite in support of students with extra needs
  • BODY
    • Daily outdoor time for all ages, using our 50+ acres of forests, farms and gardens to full advantage
    • Championship-level Basketball teams highlight a well-rounded Athletic program
    • Our world-class gymnasium and well-maintained athletics field allow for a wide variety of indoor & outdoor physical activities
    • Weekly Meetings for Worship teach students of all ages to use Silence to find the Truth within themselves
    • Strong Visual and Performing Arts programs allow for self-expression in all kinds of media
    • Annual Benefit Performances at the Weinberg Theater in the historic City of Frederick give students the chance to perform for audiences of all backgrounds

Profile last updated: 05/02/2016

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School Reviews

This School has changed my daughters life. She started FMS in 6th grade, she was struggling with insecurities and tons of bullying. From the moment we visited FMS we felt welcome. The parents and the teachers love their school and it shows. I hope to be enrolling my son next year as he enters 6th grade. My daughter is now in 8th grade and she is happy, independent and active in sports and drama. If you're looking for a beautiful school, filled with kind excepting people, this is the place for your child. Amazing arts program too!
- Posted by Parent, 01/01/16
FMS is a great community to have a child attend. It is a school that encourages the students to move along at his/her own speed. The encourage the students to be part of the world and learn what they can do to help the community. The teachers care about each student and understand what they need to be successful. I want my child to continue through high school. WE LOVE FMS.
- Posted by Parent, 01/01/16
FMS encourages diversity and a strong sense of independence! Our son is in his first-year of study and we already notice a remarkable difference in his reading and vocabulary skills. The staff and teachers are kind and supportive and the parents truly take pride and are actively involved in every aspect of the school. The love and support received at FMS is unlike any other!
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
FMS has both rigorous academics and an emphasis on creative thinking. Classes are small, diverse, and unequivocally provide a safe place for learning. The teachers, staff, and parents are extremely supportive. I give FMS the highest recommendation.
- Posted by Parent, 10/27/12
Friends Meeting School is academically rigorous but also fosters the creative thinking and independence that makes great leaders, scientists, artists, and citizens of the world. The environment is nurturing and really a safe place to learn. The teachers and staff are supportive with both small and large issues. The students practice the Quaker values that they are taught, in the classroom and on the playground. I would not want my children any other place. I highly recommend this school.
- Posted by Parent, 10/27/12
FMS is a beautiful place to learn and grow. Teachers really know my children and offer an academically rigorous curriculum in a more hands-on way. My children are strong critical thinkers and problem solvers as a result. I love the focus on social justice and environmental care-taking too.
- Posted by Parent, 05/01/12

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