Wilmington Friends School

Tel: (302)576-2900
Grades: NS-12 | 703 students
Mission Statement Wilmington 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 Beliefs Wilmington Friends School offers a college preparatory curriculum-including athletics, the arts and community service-in which Quaker values and high expectations are mutually supportive.
The defining belief of Quakerism is that there is "that of God" in everyone.
That belief gives rise to a school community that welcomes a variety of faith traditions and where we share an obligation to seek and answer what is best in ourselves and in others.
Students at Friends are challenged to realize their potential: as learners, well prepared to succeed in college and career; as leaders, recognizing their power and opportunity to be agents of change; and as active and responsible members of communities, from the classroom to the world.
The school seeks to serve students in preschool through grade twelve, who demonstrate ongoing promise in their ability to succeed at Friends, both academically and in meeting expectations for integrity and conduct.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Delaware Association of Independent Schools
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1748

Student Body

Total Students 703 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Wilmington Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 87 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 33 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1772
Average ACT score 26
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes 2016-2017 tuition rates range from $8,900 to $27,000
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Melissa Brown
Admissions Associate Trish Kocher


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 39 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. African American Affinity, Agenda Committee, Alice’s March for Equality, Amigos Para Amigos, Amnesty International, AppleCore (Student Tech Support), Arts and Activism, B+ Committee, Best Buddies, Blood Drive Team, Buddies for Studies, Buzz (Social Media), Charity: Water and Ecology, Dan’s Dash (Stroke Awareness), Diversity Awareness Club, Diversity Committee, EduKate, Entrepreneurs’ Club, Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Global Connections Club, Half the Sky Club, Light and Sound, Link Crew, M.O.A.S (Model Organization of American States), Mock Trial, One Love, Poetry Speaks, Prism (Arts magazine), Prom Committee, Quaker Care, Quaker Youth Leadership Committee, Quiz Bowl, Random Act of Kindness Club (RAK), Robotics, Stock Market Club, Student Disciplinary Committee, What’s Up?, Whittier Miscellany (student newspaper), World Affairs Club B+ Committee, Best Buddies, EduKate, Link Crew, Mock Trial, One Love, Poetry Speaks, Prom Committee, Quaker Care, Quiz Bowl, Robotics, What’s Up?, African American Affinity,
Agenda Committee,
Alice’s March for Equality,
Amigos Para Amigos,
Amnesty International,
AppleCore (Student Tech Support),
Arts and Activism,
Blood Drive Team,
Buddies for Studies,
Buzz (Social Media),
Charity: Water and Ecology,
Dan’s Dash (Stroke Awareness),
Diversity Awareness Club,
Diversity Committee,
Entrepreneurs’ Club,
Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA),
Global Connections Club,
Half the Sky Club,
Light and Sound,
M.O.A.S (Model Organization of American States),
Prism (Arts magazine),
Quaker Youth Leadership Committee,
Random Act of Kindness Club (RAK),
Stock Market Club,
Student Disciplinary Committee,
Whittier Miscellany (student newspaper),
World Affairs Club,

School Notes

  • 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.
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School Reviews

5.0 Stars   07/24/15
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!
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