Friends Community School

  • Offering the joy of an extraordinary education, Friends Community School is a Quaker progressive school with students in grades K-8. We welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds, and offer a child-centered, experiential, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, and vigorous curriculum.
  • Our students become life-long learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers, and succeed in leading high schools area-wide.

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

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded1986

Student Body

Total Students249 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Friends Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size14 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(modest and in good taste)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 5 / Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,420
Tuition Notes$19,429-$21,530 Limited Financial Aid based on need
% on Financial Aid
40%
Admissions DirectorConnie Belfiore
Admissions AssociateKate O'Connor

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 5 (1/2 application fee);
  • Regular Application Deadline: January 15 (full fee). 
OPEN HOUSES (all 9:00 am )sharp - 11:00 am

        October 18, November 3, 16 
        December 4, January 8, 12

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.
  • FCS values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.  We are inclusive, and have very diverse students and teachers in our community.  
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, expert 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 Seaton, 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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