Mission StatementWilmington Friends, a Quaker school with high standards for academic achievement, challenges students to seek truth, to value justice and peace, and to act as creative, independent thinkers with a conscious responsibility to the good of all.
Philosophy and BeliefsWilmington Friends School offers a college preparatory curriculum—including athletics, the arts and community service—in which Quaker values and high expectations are mutually supportive.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Friends Council on Education (FCE)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
Delaware Association of Independent Schools
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool - 12|
|Total Students||793 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||22% (DE School Avg.: 21%)|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||87 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1 (National school avg.: 13:1)|
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||50%|
|Average Class Size||13 students|
|Number of AP Courses||33 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Average SAT score||1863|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||2013-14 tuition rates range from $6,525 to $24,225.|
|% on Financial Aid||27%|
|Admissions Director||Kathleen Hopkins|
|Admissions Associate||Trish Kocher|
|Total Sports Offered||12 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football,
Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field,
Volleyball, WrestlingBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Field Hockey,
Tennis, Track and Field,
Global learning at Friends includes signature international programs--the International Baccalaureate (IB), School Year Abroad (SYA), and three modern languages: Chinese, French, and Spanish. Language study begins in pre-kindergarten (Spanish).
More broadly and fundamentally, global education at Friends is reflected in a curriculum- and school-wide approach to education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of their future, even those that we cannot predict.
The world is changing quickly, fueled by technological progress measured in “machine generations” as short as one or two years. Friends offers an unsurpassed college preparatory program in terms of content in each academic discipline, and in the range and depth of academic and leadership skills that apply across disciplines and outside of the classroom. We recognize that the careers our students will pursue may not even exist yet, and the program at Friends is designed to prepare students for whatever the future brings.
* Friends students learn how to engage complex questions intellectually—with multi-layered, open-minded, truly "global" thinking.
* They learn the academic and leadership skills to engage challenges in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of responsibility and confidence that they can communicate, act, and lead effectively.
* They learn how to listen and how to work with people of different points of view.
* And they learn that the faster the world changes, the more important their own foundation of values and ethics becomes.
Global education is coordinated throughout the curriculum, culminating in the IB program. Friends was the first school in Delaware authorized to offer the IB, which is recognized around the world as representing one of the highest standards—indeed, it is often recognized as the highest standard—in college preparatory education. Authorization as an IB school also ensures international certification of quality across academic disciplines, to the benefit of all of our students.
Additional global education programs, including School Year Abroad and other international study and service learning programs, are coordinated at Friends through the Quaker Center for Understanding, Engagement, and Stewardship (QUEST). Programs under the auspices of QUEST include service-learning trips, and the “Big Ideas” and Lunch & Learn speaker series on issues related to cross-cultural and international understanding, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
Profile last updated: 03/07/2013
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- February 09, 2014 - Our two-year old daughter just began attending the ELC this September, and it has been amazing watching her flourish in this environment. She seems so much happier at Friends than she did at het last NAEYC- accredited daycare, and we attribute that completely to the high standards for teaching and the personal connections that her teachers make with each of the children. It was the right fit for us! - Posted by Parent