Friends School of Minnesota is a K-8 independent Quaker school in St. Paul, Minnesota.
We offer a rich program rooted in progressive education where in-depth academic studies are supported by peaceful forms of conflict resolution.
We are celebrating 25 years. We are a diverse community with students from a broad range of religious and non-religious backgrounds, including eight percent from Quaker families.
We welcome ethnic and economic diversity; 31 percent are children of color and 34 percent of FSM families receive need-based financial aid.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 158 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Friends School Of Minnesota ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1988

Student Body

Total Students
158 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Friends School Of Minnesota Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
35%
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2012-13 Tuition Kindergarten – Fourth $13455 Fifth and Sixth $13850 Seventh and Eighth $14720
% on Financial Aid
33%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$8,000
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Shane Zack

Sports

Total Sports Offered
3 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Arts and Music Programs:
After School Music Program, Engineering Club, Spanish Club

School Notes

  • Started by Quakers and peace activists in 1988, Friends School of Minnesota has a student body of 168 and a faculty of 20.  In the tradition of the 80 Quaker Friends Schools across the United States, Friends School of Minnesota was founded to meet children's intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness.   "Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity."
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

5  
FSM is simply the best school I''ve seen and experienced for my 2 children, and I have seen a great many. My children are happy to go to school in the morning, and are happy with school at the end of the day. The classes are small, well-organized, creative, nurturing, and are taught by highly engaged, highly educated teachers. We are not Quaker, but we love the Quaker values the school embodies. Somehow they have captured a "just right" feel meeting the developmental needs of the whole child (lots of outside time!) with a truly stimulating academic environment and curriculum. Their teaching is strong intellectually, individually, creatively, socially and emotionally. Wow, eh? It's the real deal.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 158 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,850
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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