Frankford Friends School

Since 1833, Frankford Friends School has offered a values-based Quaker education in the heart of Philadelphia.
FFS students explore, problem-solve, and work together to expand their understanding of themselves and the world beyond through initiatives like the Project Based Learning program and the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Graduates of FFS are confident, caring, socially conscious young adults who use their strengths, knowledge, and passion to better our world.
Children of all faiths and all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds are welcomed to our community. Frankford Friends School students are members of a community that is highly diverse and inclusive. The racial composition of the school mirrors that of the City of Philadelphia.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1833

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,600
Tuition NotesTuition varies depending on grade level.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBlythe McCormack
Admissions AssociateLiz Torres


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Science Explorers, Soccer Shots

Arts and Music Programs:
Advanced Art, Art Classes, Choir, Ethics Class, Fiber Arts, Jazz Band, Print making, Robotics Club, Service Learning, Strings Program, Theater and Improvisation

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Physical Education

School Notes

  • At Frankford Friends School, the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship of our natural and human communities are honored, lived, and learned.  Students are challenged to work both independently and as part of a team. We enhance each student`s skill in creative problem-solving and provide opportunities for children to develop their passions by engaging in projects that have personal meaning to them.
  • Whether learning to code a robot in the IDEA Lab, building a sustainable neighborhood with help from the City Planning Commission, or conducting research for the Frankford Historical Society, hands-on learning helps children to grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically.
  • Frankford Friends School students are intellectually curious, engaged, and care deeply about each other and the world outside of themselves. They become adults who use their strengths and passions to make the world a better place.
  • Our outstanding academic program prepares our graduates to thrive in the selective public and private high schools they attend. Frankford Friends School`s curriculum emphasizes the 21st century skills of critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving.
  • Our teachers adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework to engage our students in understanding issues in our communities. An important aspect of this initiative is the formation of partnerships with people and organizations who are working on the same issues that students explore in class. Not only will students see what action might look like, but they will understand the connection between what they learn and local action and service, and become true protagonists for change in their own communities. Project-based learning is a huge component of the program.
  • Our program also includes:
    • The IDEA (Innovation Design Engineering Art) Lab
    • Choral and string music program
    • Spanish in grades PreK-4 (twice weekly), and grade 5-8 (daily) 
    • Physical Education 
    • Civic Engagement
    • A focus on nurturing a growth mindset in students, and enhancing their executive functioning abilities, problem-solving skills, and leadership opportunities
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 947 students
    5.3 miles
    3000 W School House Lane
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 844-3460
    5.3 PK-12
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-12 | 600 students
    5.9 miles
    17th St & Benjamin Franklin
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (215) 561-5900
    5.9 PK-12
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 494 students
    1.7 miles
    3033 Levick Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19149
    (215) 338-9797
    1.7 PK-8
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: PK-8 | 340 students
    4.8 miles
    5511 Greene St
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    (215) 438-7000
    4.8 PK-8
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: NS-8 | 474 students
    6.9 miles
    2501 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146
    (215) 545-5323
    6.9 NS-8

School Reviews

The middle school curriculum at FFS is engaging, rigorous, and multi-faceted. I have been so happy with my son's experience at Frankford Friends School. He is not only being challenged academically, but he is cared for by his teachers and the staff at FFS. Middle school years can be tough for kids to navigate, but he has felt included, he has been treated with kindness, and he is thriving both in his learning and his social life. He was also recently accepted to all 5 of the high schools (both public and private) to which he applied. I am so grateful to Frankford Friends School.
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