Friends School Of Minnesota

  • 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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1988

Student Body

Total Students172 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Friends School Of Minnesota Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
35%
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,850
Tuition Notes2012-13 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 DirectorShane Zack

Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,
Volleyball

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."
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  • Minneapolis
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  • Minneapolis
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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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