West Chester Friends School

  • This Friends elementary school for children age three (The Friends Play School on campus) through fifth grade offers a comprehensive academically enriched, integrated program featuring Literacy and Mathematics with STEM, Studio Art, Spanish, Music, Outdoor Classroom, Gardening, Yoga and Mindfulness, Service Learning and Physical Education as components. Spiritual, social and emotional growth are addressed daily in community.
  • Children attend Meeting for Worship weekly, and Meeting for Singing each month.
  • As a Quaker school commited to Friends values, we celebrate diversity by welcoming families of all faiths and affilitations to this community. .

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedYes
Year Founded1836
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost Noteswww.wcfriends.org or admissions@wcfriends.org
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students148 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade West Chester Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Field Trips and Special Events)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,150
Tuition NotesFlexible Tuition Program offers affordability to all families participating.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBarbara Rowe


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBallet, Cross Country, Dance, Intramural Sports Only, Ultimate FrisbeeBalletCross Country,
DanceIntramural Sports Only,
Ultimate Frisbee


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.37 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Special Service Projects

Club or Organization:
After School Sports, Book Club, Chess, Cooking Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Hip Hop Dance, Knitting, Knitting Club, MakerSpace, Math Club, Mathematics Club, Recycling Club, Running, Student Council, Theater Production, Tutoring, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Ballet, Band, Choir, Dance, Drama productions, Fine Arts, Gardening, Jazz Ensemble, Music Lessons, Outdoor Education, Piano Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Spanish, Strings, Theatre, Violin, Voice

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Physical Education, Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

  • West Chester Friends School students learn in vibrant Pre-K through Fifth grade classrooms as teachers guide them through an enriched, integrated curriculum of Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies. Students attend weekly classes in Studio Art, Library and Literature, STEM, Service Learning, Health, Guidance, Yoga and Mindfulness, Spanish, Music, Quakerism, and Physical Education. There is an active Intergenerational Program. The Friends Play School on campus enrolls three year olds for two, three, or five day schedules, half or full day. Tuition Fee Schedules are at www.wcfriends.org. The WCFS Flexible Tuition program offers affordabilty to all families.

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