Friends School Of Minnesota

1365 Englewood Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104-0551
Tel: (651)917-0636
Grades: K-8 | 158 students
Friends School of Minnesota is a K-8 independent Quaker school in St. Paul, Minnesota.
We offer a rich program rooted in progressive education where in-depth academic studies are supported by peaceful forms of conflict resolution.
We are celebrating 25 years.
We are a diverse community with students from a broad range of religious and non-religious backgrounds, including eight percent from Quaker families.
We welcome ethnic and economic diversity; 31 percent are children of color and 34 percent of FSM families receive need-based financial aid.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1988

Student Body

Total Students 158 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Friends School Of Minnesota Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $13,850
Tuition Notes 2012-13 Tuition Kindergarten – Fourth $13455 Fifth and Sixth $13850 Seventh and Eighth $14720
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $8,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Shane Zack


Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 1, 2, 3, After School Music Program, Engineering Club, Spanish Club 1, 2, 3, Spanish Club, After School Music Program,
Engineering Club,

School Notes:

  • Started by Quakers and peace activists in 1988, Friends School of Minnesota has a student body of 168 and a faculty of 20.  In the tradition of the 80 Quaker Friends Schools across the United States, Friends School of Minnesota was founded to meet children's intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness.   "Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity."

Profile last updated: 11/09/2014

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Cretin Derham Hall (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Children's Center Montessori Elementary School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Children's Center Montessori Elementary School (0.4 miles away)
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  • Saint Paul
    Grades: PK-KG | 30 students
    0.4 miles
    1536 Minnehaha Ave W
    Saint Paul, MN 55104
  • Saint Paul
    Central Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: NS-8 | 190 students
    0.5 miles
    775 Lexington Parkway N
    Saint Paul, MN 55104
  • Saint Paul
    Cretin Derham Hall
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 1320 students
    0.5 miles
    550 Albert St S
    Saint Paul, MN 55116
  • Saint Paul
    Holy Spirit School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 339 students
    0.5 miles
    515 Albert Street S
    Saint Paul, MN 55116
  • Saint Paul
    St Peter Claver School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: KG-8 | 109 students
    1 miles
    1060 Central Ave W
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

School Reviews

FSM is simply the best school I''ve seen and experienced for my 2 children, and I have seen a great many. My children are happy to go to school in the morning, and are happy with school at the end of the day. The classes are small, well-organized, creative, nurturing, and are taught by highly engaged, highly educated teachers. We are not Quaker, but we love the Quaker values the school embodies. Somehow they have captured a "just right" feel meeting the developmental needs of the whole child (lots of outside time!) with a truly stimulating academic environment and curriculum. Their teaching is strong intellectually, individually, creatively, socially and emotionally. Wow, eh? It''s the real deal.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15

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