Friends' Central School

Friends' Central School Photo #1 - Friends' Central School is an independent, coeducational, Quaker, college-preparatory day school for Nursery through grade 12 students. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends' Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students. Since 1845, Friends' Central has been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow's leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging students to peacefully transform the world.
  • Friends` Central School is a Quaker, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students in Nursery through grade 12.
  • Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends` Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students.
  • Guided by Quaker values, since 1845, Friends` Central School has been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow`s leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging students to peacefully transform the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1845
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students753 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Friends' Central School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers91 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1290
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 30 / rolling
Tuition Notes20,350 for Nursery-38,250 for twelfth grade
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$19,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMargaret Metz
Admissions AssociateFrankie Zelnick


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DanceField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
Water PoloWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Middle School Clubs, Upper School Math Team, Upper School Student Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Middle School Orchestra, Middle School Choir, Middle School Drama, Middle School Jazz Band, Upper School Orchestra, Upper School Choir, Upper School Drama, Upper School Jazz Band

School Notes

  • At Friends` Central, we believe that realizing a child`s potential is about more than character, talent, or even rigorous academics. It requires a balanced combination of intellectual discipline and spiritual cultivation. Since 1845, we have prepared our students for the most challenging colleges and careers, while also providing them with the moral compass they need to serve as engaged and active citizens, by blending a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum with enduring Quaker principles. Friends' Central students are expected to honor each other's voices and to recognize a plurality of perspectives. They are expected to engage actively in their coursework, to take seriously their stewardship of the local and global communities, to question, probe, listen, and share. Our exceptional faculty inspires our students to respond to what is best in themselves and to recognize and learn from the best in others. As a result, our graduates are intelligent, compassionate problem solvers, they are active, involved citizens, and they are visionary leaders. The graduates of Friends` Central and their impact on the world are proof positive that Quaker Works at Friends' Central School.
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