Friends School Haverford

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: (610)642-2334
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Fourth grade ecologists record their observations as they analyze our campus wetland ecosystem.
Our campus is an extension of the classroom and is integrated into the curriculum. It includes vegetable gardens, a greenhouse, composting barrels, and is a certified National Wildlife Habitat and official butterfly way station for migrating Monarchs. Our modern playgrounds feature an outdoor amphitheater, eco-friendly play spaces, and creative equipment.
Our campus is an extension of the classroom and is integrated into the curriculum. It includes vegetable gardens, a greenhouse, composting barrels, and is a certified National Wildlife Habitat and official butterfly way station for migrating Monarchs. Our modern playgrounds feature an outdoor amphitheater, eco-friendly play spaces, and creative equipment.
The Friends School Haverford curriculum is intellectually powerful, beautifully designed, and exquisitely implemented.
The rich sounds of joyful voices and their accompaniment meet you as you near the music room. A multi-cultural, multi-style music program complete with African dance, a drumming group and our unique marimba choir are some of the hallmarks of our program.
Our recording studio is the perfect place to compose and record music and voice tracks. Students learn theory and composition and may choose private lessons in the instrumental program taught by professional musicians.
With electives such as horseback riding, ice skating, fencing, bowling, and mountain biking, Friends School Haverford students enjoy a wide variety of activity options.
Middle school students participate in exciting international travel- and study-adventures.
Friends School Haverford offers many interscholastic sports activities such as soccer, cross country, basketball, softball and tennis.
  • Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family.
  • We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness.
  • Friends School Haverford graduates are uniquely prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1885

Student Body

Total Students111 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
40%
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeFriends School Haverford Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,000
Tuition NotesNursery School, Preschool, Prekindergarten - see tuition schedule Kindergarten - $18,500 First Grade - $19,000 Second Grade - $19,500 Third Grade - $20,000 Fourth Grade - $20,500 Fifth Grade - $21,000 Sixth Grade - $21,500 Seventh Grade - $22,000
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant$13,733
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLisa Buscaglia

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, TennisBasketballCross Country,
SoccerSoftball,
Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Animal Architechture, Cooking, Crafts and Games, Dance Club, Drama Club, Jewelry Making, Miniature Gaming Design and Play, Nature Explorers, Puppets and Diaramas, Story Telling, TORCH (Student Council), Woodworking

Arts and Music Programs:
Cups and Cocoa (Ceramics), Music Lessons, Song Writing

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Running Club, Socce

School Notes

  • Friends School Haverford was founded as a co-educational, Quaker, elementary school. The School remains under the care of Haverford Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) and serves nursery school through grade eight.
  • Our program is rooted in academic challenge, intellectual vigor, artistic expression, service, and kindness. We encourage children`s curiosity, creativity, and joy of discovery as they grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
  • We foster an atmosphere in which students learn to work independently and in cooperation with others. They are challenged to question, explore, reflect, reason, and communicate effectively.
  • Friends School Haverford cultivates a community characterized by diversity in belief, ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic background. We emphasize the Quaker tenets of integrity, service, simplicity, equality, community, peaceful conflict resolution, stewardship, and sustainability.
  • Students are encouraged to listen inwardly and to learn to recognize That of God in themselves and others. These shared values are reflected in the daily life of our School and in Meeting for Worship. We teach our students to be contributing members of the community, to grow and to change with flexibility and courage, and to treat others with care and understanding.
  • Friends School Haverford graduates possess the intellectual and spiritual skills necessary to envision and create successful and meaningful lives
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  10/14/2017
FSH truly is a unique school that offers a great sense of community, embraces diversity, and emphasizes outdoor experiences. The teachers take the time to really know the children, allowing them to individualize academic experiences so that the students feel supported and challenged. Students learn to think critically and expansively. While academically rigorous, FSH also places a premium on supporting students` social development. Knowing each child well means the teachers can offer just what each one needs to grow into a compassionate, empathic friend and socially-conscious citizen. Teachers at FSH see the best in each child and teach their students to look for that in others. Students graduate from FSH with a strong sense of themselves that fortifies them in the world beyond school. We couldn't be happier with our experience at FSH.
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5  10/14/2017
So nice to be back at school where the whole community knows your children. My 7th-grade daughter rode the bus the first day of school. She hasn't been on the bus for many years for different reasons. When I arrived in the afternoon, Ken, our all-around person to do just about anything, told me he was so surprised to see her get off the bus that morning and that she was looking happy. It made me feel so good that someone had noticed she had taken the bus, reported it to me, and said she looked happy. I love this place! :)
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5  9/24/2016
The teachers at this school gave my daughter the personal attention she needed to overcome her fear of math and of public speaking. She has developed a passion for politics and for writing. She plays in the school's unique marimba ensemble. She even mustered the bravery to play sports!
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