Dedicated to providing a dynamic, experiential education in the context of Quaker values, to fortify each student's mind, body, and spirit within a diverse environment, and to empower students to let their lives speak in their community and in the world.
Real Learning for Real Life: Students get their hands dirty, literally and figuratively, sorting out the problems of the world and developing skills that prepare our students for college - and for life.
Award-winning arts and athletic programs balance a vigorous, college-preparatory academic workload.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 90 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Some accommodations can be made for students with testing. We have learning specialists on staff and a tutor available on-site for any extra help.
Year Founded
1997

Student Body

Total Students
90 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
31%
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
Friends Meeting School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
15 students
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus (AB & BC), AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Modern World, AP Physics, AP US History
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
25%
Admissions Director
Annie Garland

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Astronomy Star Gazing Nights, Be The Change Club, Community Enrichment Club, Cultures Club, Homework Club, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, School Newspaper, Spelling Club, Student Council, Student Government, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Community Play, Drama, Orchestra

School Notes

  • We prepare each student's Mind, Body and Spirit for whatever lies ahead.
  • MIND
    • Small class sizes allow for highly differentiated instruction
    • On-Site Tutoring space available during & after school
    • Caring, educated teachers cultivate a respectful and nurturing learning environment
    • A vigorous academic curriculum covers the foundations of each subject, and extends to challenge students through the AP level
  • BODY
    • Daily outdoor time for all ages, using our 50+ acres of forests, farms and gardens to full advantage
    • Championship-level Basketball teams highlight a well-rounded Athletic program
    • Our world-class gymnasium and well-maintained athletics field allow for a wide variety of indoor & outdoor physical activities
  • SPIRIT
    • Weekly Meetings for Worship teach students of all ages to use Silence to find the Truth within themselves
    • Strong Visual and Performing Arts programs allow for self-expression in all kinds of media
    • Annual Benefit Performances at the Weinberg Theater in the historic City of Frederick give students the chance to perform for audiences of all backgrounds

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  
When we toured Friends Meeting School for the first time 9 years ago, I noticed two things right away: the first was that the kids didn`t put locks on their lockers. The second was that the students we met looked me in the eye and spoke with confidence.Our three sons have had an amazing, life changing ,experience at Friends Meeting School. Friends has a rigorous academic program that prepared our oldest for college. He`s going to Shepherd, friends from his class went to Hopkins, Hood, & University of Maryland. More import for our family are the values of the other families and the faculty. The community supported our goal of raising confident, decent, generous kids.Friends Meeting School has an amazing performing arts program and a group of gifted teachers who encourage curiosity and a love of learning.
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5  
The teachers and the curriculum in Friends Meeting School promotes development of strong academic skills, good social skills, and mental habits that support lifelong learning . I truly believe that FMS students will share their gift to the world as responsible, confident and compassionate leaders as I have seen this growth and development in my children. It is such as beautiful community to be a part of.
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5  
Friends was a life changer for our daughter. Before we put her in FMS, she attended public school . She was miserable. Even though she knew her classmates since kindergarten, she felt alone and anxious. She is very intelligent, but because she is anxious and afraid to speak up, her teachers would assume she didn't know the answers or call on her to help with anything that called for extra academics. We toured FMS and felt like we had entered a community, not a "school" . By the second day of school our daughter said, " I finally feel like I can be myself" . That was over 5 years ago, we hear those same words often from new students, it's a wonderful thing.
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5  
I have been going to the school forever and I highly recommend this school for everyone. I have friends who arrived at the school who were previously bullied, and had fallen into depression, but upon arriving at the school their lives changed for the better. The school contains nurturing teachers who care about the well being of the students. I have ADD and I know that my knowledge/comprehensive skills could have been lacking based on my "disability" but, I am a straight A student and I wholeheartedly believe that this school, this home, is why. Learning is exciting and engaging with labs, active conversational classrooms, outdoor experiences (nature walks, gardening, and assorted additional events), and teachers who teach in such a way that if you don't understand something, than you can ask. I could talk about this school forever and all its merits (I won't for the sake of time), but I recommend this school.
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5  
This School has changed my daughters life. She started FMS in 6th grade, she was struggling with insecurities and tons of bullying. From the moment we visited FMS we felt welcome. The parents and the teachers love their school and it shows. I hope to be enrolling my son next year as he enters 6th grade. My daughter is now in 8th grade and she is happy, independent and active in sports and drama. If you're looking for a beautiful school, filled with kind excepting people, this is the place for your child. Amazing arts program too!
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5  
FMS is a great community to have a child attend. It is a school that encourages the students to move along at his/her own speed. The encourage the students to be part of the world and learn what they can do to help the community. The teachers care about each student and understand what they need to be successful. I want my child to continue through high school. WE LOVE FMS.
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5  
FMS encourages diversity and a strong sense of independence! Our son is in his first-year of study and we already notice a remarkable difference in his reading and vocabulary skills. The staff and teachers are kind and supportive and the parents truly take pride and are actively involved in every aspect of the school. The love and support received at FMS is unlike any other!
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5  
FMS has both rigorous academics and an emphasis on creative thinking. Classes are small, diverse, and unequivocally provide a safe place for learning. The teachers, staff, and parents are extremely supportive. I give FMS the highest recommendation.
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5  
FMS is a beautiful place to learn and grow. Teachers really know my children and offer an academically rigorous curriculum in a more hands-on way. My children are strong critical thinkers and problem solvers as a result. I love the focus on social justice and environmental care-taking too.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 90 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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