Friends' Central Lower School
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.
- Top Ranked PA School
- Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
- Students: 264 students
- Average class size: 13 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
Summer School Offered
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
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