Frankford Friends School

  • FFS is a progressive, Pre-K to 8 , Quaker school in the heart of Philadelphia. Our students explore, problem-solve, and work together to expand their understanding of themselves and the world beyond.
  • 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 closely mirrors that of the City of Philadelphia.

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School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%

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$10,600
Tuition Notes
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDarree Palmer
Admissions AssociateLiz Torres


Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsCross CountryCross Country


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art and Archeology, Filmmaking and Animation Club, Robotics Club, Scratch (Coding) Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Strings Program, Theater and Improvisation

School Notes

  • FFS is a progressive, Pre-K to 8 , Quaker school in the heart of Philadelphia.
  • Our students explore, problem-solve, and work together to expand their understanding of themselves and the world beyond.
  • Children of all faiths and all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds are welcomed to our community.
  • FFS embodies the Friends testimonies of simplicity and the careful stewardship of resources, offering the lowest tuition of any Friends school in the region.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our program also includes:
    • The IDEA Lab
    • Choral and string music program
    • Spanish in grades PreK-4 (twice weekly), grade 5 (three times weekly), and grades 6-8 (daily)
    • Physical Education 
    • Civic Engagement
    • Daily outdoor play
    • 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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