Friends' Central Lower School

228 Old Gulph Rd,
Wynnewood, PA, 19096-0190
Tel: (610)642-7575
Since its establishment in 1845 by the Religious Society of Friends, Friends' Central School, a coeducational, college preparatory day school for nursery through grade 12, has been guided by Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality.
Underlying all facets of school life is the belief that "there is that of God in everyone." Meeting for Worship is central, providing time for connections among members of the community and between individuals and their spiritual sources.
Peaceful resolution of conflicts, seeking truth, and collaborative process are key aspects of a Friends' Central education.
Friends' Central offers rigorous and varied educational experiences in academics, arts, and athletics, helping each student to realize his or her true potential and achieve at the highest level 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 unreservedly that diversity 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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 5

Student Body

Total Students 264 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 24%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade Friends

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 13 students

Finances and Admission

Admissions Director Randy Roach
Admissions Associate Cynthia Harris

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Merion Mercy Academy (1.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Gateway School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Gateway School (0.3 miles away)
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    0.3  mi  |  16  students  |  Gr.  PK-KG
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    (610)642-0304
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