Friends Community School

Now in its fourth decade, Friends Community School is a thriving, K-8 Quaker progressive school that thoughtfully guides young children through adolescence.
At FCS, students are respected, childhood is celebrated, and learning is experiential.
Our students are lifelong learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers who matriculate to rigorous independent, parochial, and public magnet schools in the greater Washington, DC area.
As a QUAKER SCHOOL, we believe that intellectual education and moral education are one.
Our core values - simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship - are embedded in our curriculum and in our interactions with each other.
As a PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL, FCS focuses on educating the whole child: socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and creatively. We recognize that children learn best from experience and meaningful relationships with peers and teachers.
Our teachers meet students where they are and - through experiential and inquiry-based lessons, a child-centered curriculum, collaborative projects, and intentional reflection - promote deep learning.
As a COMMUNITY, we are diverse, welcoming, supportive, and inclusive.
Friends Community School is located on 17 acres in College Park, Maryland, adjacent to Greenbelt National Park.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 258 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 6 / Jan. 14

Top Rankings

Friends Community School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded
1986

Student Body

Total Students
258 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
53%
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
Friends Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
15 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 6 / Jan. 14
Tuition Notes
$21,130 - $23,440 Limited Financial Aid based on need
% on Financial Aid
40%
Admissions Director
Caroline Johnson
Admissions Associate
Kate O'Connor, Assoc. Director

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Various clubs and enrichment activities each semester (e.g., art, drama, coding, debate, computer graphics, robotics, baking, etc.)

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Instrumental Music Lessons and Recitals

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Various athletic clubs (based on student demand)

School Notes

APPLICATION DEADLINES
  • Early Application Deadline: December 6 (1/2 application fee);
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 14 (full fee). 
OPEN HOUSES 
  • Held annually between October and January.
  • See the Visit FCS page of our website for event details and registration.

FRIENDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
  • At Friends Community School, young people become engaged learners, independent thinkers, problem solvers, respectful teammates, peacemakers, and active citizens. Our green, Silver LEED-Certified building, and 17 acre campus adjacent to Greenbelt National Park, embody our commitment to environmental stewardship and education.
  • As a community, we are diverse, welcoming, supportive, and inclusive.
ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY
  • We teach using a progressive, child-centered instructional philosophy. Our goal is to meet each child in their stage of development, and proceed to guide and empower their growth. We balance academic with physical and social learning. Our curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social studies, Spanish, art, music, physical education, technology, community-building, and community service. Environmental education is integrated throughout the curriculum.
METHODS
  • We create an atmosphere in which children learn to work independently and cooperatively. We challenge our students to question, explore, reflect, reason, and communicate effectively. We do so by using varied teaching methods and incorporating many hands-on activities. Field trips are integral to the curriculum, exposing children to rich learning environments that cannot be duplicated in the classroom.
  • We teach our students in small, two-grade groupings from grades 1-4. Such groupings allow a student to progress at his/her own pace, doing more advanced work in areas of strength and less advanced work in areas of challenge, and minimize transition time on the fall. The curriculum changes each of the two years so students master new content as well as new skills.
  • In grades 5-8, students are taught by subject-dedicated teachers, as befits their academic abilities and needs. Advisors and Advisories are grouped for grades 5-6. Students in grades 7-8 select among art, music, drama, and technology electives.
  • FCS offers Extended Day, Enrichment Activities, and Instrumental Music Programs. We also offer Summer Specialty Camps.
COMMUNITY
  • Energized students, dynamic and experienced faculty, experienced administrators, active parents, and dedicated alumni comprise the FCS school community.
  • In addition, we value our partnerships with Greenbelt National Park, the University of Maryland, NASA, the Smithsonian, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Foundation, local governments, local businesses, non-profits, service groups and individuals who share our commitment to education and the environment.
HIGH SCHOOLS
  • High Schools attended by FCS Graduates include Barrie, Bishop McNamara, Bishop O'Connell, Blair, Blake, Bullis, DeMatha, Duke Ellington, Edmund Burke, Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Seton, Field, Friends School of Baltimore, Georgetown Day, Gonzaga, Good Counsel, Holton Arms, Holy Cross, Indian Creek, Key, Maret, Palotti, Siena, St. Alban's, St. Andrew's, St. Anselm's Abbey, St. John's College High School, Sandy Spring Friends, School Without Walls, Sidwell Friends, and Wheaton, among others.
OUR STUDENTS...
  • love to learn
  • know how to learn
  • communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • are empowered to do their individual best 
  • are responsible local and global citizens
  • show emotional and social maturity in their choices, and
  • move on to leading high schools area-wide, and competitive colleges nation-wide.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 258 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 6 / Jan. 14

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