Friends School Haverford

Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to a diverse school community.
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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-3
  • Enrollment: 49 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,150
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 7 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Friends School Haverford ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-3
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
49 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Friends School Haverford Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 7 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool, Prekindergarten - see tuition schedule Kindergarten - $20,575 First Grade - $21,075 Second Grade - $21,600 Third Grade - $22,125 Fourth Grade - $22,625 Fifth Grade - $23,150
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Families may sign up for 1 to 9 weeks
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Sarai Nieves


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
19 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Animal Architechture, Book Club, Chess, Coding with Kids, Cooking, Crafts and Games, Dance Club, Drama Club, Jewelry Making, Nature Explorers, Puppets and Diaramas, Science Club, Story Telling, Yoga and Meditation

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

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Soccer

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 five.
  • 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Friends School Haverford cost?
Friends School Haverford's tuition is approximately $23,150 for private students and $425 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Friends School Haverford?
The acceptance rate of Friends School Haverford is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 86%.
Does Friends School Haverford offer a summer program?
Yes, Friends School Haverford offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Friends School Haverford's ranking?
Friends School Haverford ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for: Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Friends School Haverford?
The application deadline for Friends School Haverford is Jan. 7 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 7 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Our experience with the nursery school at FSH has been excellent. The teachers have a clear pedagogical philosophy, they work very hard to make sure children learn to manage their emotions, and they integrate learning into everyday life. My children have flourished and their individual interests have been fostered by the school. Every teacher and staff member knows my children, and it feels like they are really part of a community. I am looking forward to seeing how they continue to thrive in preschool.
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I cannot say enough great things about Friends School Haverford. It is such a wonderful and nurturing environment. I currently have two children at the school and they are both in their third year. My children genuinely love going to school and have a blast learning. The teachers and staff are amazing and because it is a smaller school, they all know my children, and my children know them. The campus is beautiful and they spend lots of time outside. It has truly been a privilege to have our children attend Friends School Haverford.
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I can't speak highly enough about the fantastic programming and staff at Friends School Haverford (FSH) - both as a pediatric psychologist and mom. Faced with a global pandemic and timid kiddo, my husband and I had so many feelings about sending our oldest son to school. FSH made the decision so easy. We felt welcomed into their community and knew our son would be safe and surrounded by nurturing professionals that would help him explore and learn, all while safely interacting with same-age peers. He is truly having the time of his life and blossoming before our eyes. We feel so blessed that we found FSH, and cannot thank them enough for their tireless efforts to bring so much joy, love, and learning into our family's life during this unprecedented time.
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Our favorite things about FSH are the teachers and the sense of community for the whole school. Everyone knows my son's name when we walk by to drop him off in the morning and says hello. There are partners from older grades who spend time with the younger classes for projects during the week. Every morning my son wakes up and asks if he gets to go to school today - some evenings too! - and is disappointed if it's not a school day. The teachers are so receptive and gentle with the children, while continuing to begin their love of education and foster good social/emotional skills. We are in regular communication with the teachers and are provided wonderful insights into what the classes are working on each day. The school places an emphasis on allowing kids to play outdoors whenever possible (except for extreme weather), which is one of our favorite things as well. We have loved our experience with FSH.
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We have seen such a significant blossoming effect with our son since being a part of Forest Edge class at Friends School Haverford. We know it is deeply influenced by the intentional ways the teachers validate feelings, model kindness, and respect, encourage resiliency and flexibility, and celebrate individuality. Every day, our son looks forward to going to school and spending the day with his teachers and all his friends. As a parent, it is the most wonderful thing to witness - seeing how happy he is to go to school and seeing his amazing growth as a result of these phenomenal teachers. Lastly, both teachers have been extremely kind to our family. The teachers have always attended to our experience (as parents) and made time to talk to us - both to validate and allay our worries. Friends School Haverford is a phenomenal educational experience and community!
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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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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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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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-3
  • Enrollment: 49 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,150
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 7 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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