Wilmington Friends School

Wilmington Friends School Photo #1 - Friends Early Learning Center students - outside play is an integral part of the lower school program, with four playground areas designed for different age groups.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #1 - Friends Early Learning Center students - outside play is an integral part of the lower school program, with four playground areas designed for different age groups.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #2 - More than 80 Friends upper school students are participating in the 2012-2013 IB interdisciplinary science project; students design and carry out the labs, based on IB (International Baccalaureate) requirements.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #3 - Service is not an "add on," but rather is part of the DNA of Quaker schools. More than 300 student, faculty, and parent volunteers participated in the Wilmington Friends Martin Luther King Morning of Service in 2013.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #4 - Quaker education teaches students that they share in the obligation to answer what is best in themselves and in others--developing talents to the fullest, and respecting the strengths, efforts, and perspectives of all.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #5 - STEM education at Friends begins in pre-k, in the lower school STEM Lab and with a programming curriculum. Language study, specials in music, art, and P.E., and service learning also begin in pre-k.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #6 - Technology, including the one-to-one student laptop program in grades 5-12, supports collaborative learning at Friends. The point is not the hardware but what it makes possible in teaching and engaging students in 21st century skills.
Wilmington Friends School Photo #7 - At Wilmington Friends, arts education is central to high standards for intellectual engagement and 21st century leadership. Study in the arts develops interdisciplinary and global skills in communication, critical analysis, synthesizing conscious and intuitive senses toward creative problem-solving, and the capacity for and confident engagement in original thought.
  • Mission Statement Wilmington Friends, a Quaker school with high standards for academic achievement, challenges students to seek truth, to value justice and peace, and to act as creative, independent thinkers with a conscious responsibility to the good of all.
  • Philosophy and Beliefs Wilmington Friends School offers a college preparatory curriculum-including athletics, the arts and community service-in which Quaker values and high expectations are mutually supportive.
  • The defining belief of Quakerism is that there is "that of God" in everyone.
  • That belief gives rise to a school community that welcomes a variety of faith traditions and where we share an obligation to seek and answer what is best in ourselves and in others.
  • Students at Friends are challenged to realize their potential: as learners, well prepared to succeed in college and career; as leaders, recognizing their power and opportunity to be agents of change; and as active and responsible members of communities, from the classroom to the world.
  • The school serves students in preschool through grade twelve, who demonstrate ongoing promise in their ability to succeed at Friends, both academically and in meeting expectations for integrity and conduct.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Delaware Association of Independent Schools
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1748

Student Body

Total Students703 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeWilmington Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers87 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses33 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesIB English HL, IB Chinese Language & Literature HL, IB French HL, IB French HL, IB Spanish HL, IB Math Methods SL, IB Math HL, IB Physics SL, IB Chemistry SL, IB Bio HL, IB 20th Century World History SL, IB European & Mediterranean Hist HL, IB Vis Arts HL
Average SAT score1280
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes2016-2017 tuition rates range from $8,900 to $27,000
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMelissa Brown
Admissions AssociateTrish Kocher


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.39 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
African American Affinity, Agenda Committee, Alice’s March for Equality, Amigos Para Amigos, Amnesty International, AppleCore (Student Tech Support), Arts and Activism, B+ Committee, Best Buddies, Blood Drive Team, Buddies for Studies, Buzz (Social Media), Charity: Water and Ecology, Dan’s Dash (Stroke Awareness), Diversity Awareness Club, Diversity Committee, EduKate, Entrepreneurs’ Club, Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Global Connections Club, Half the Sky Club, Light and Sound, Link Crew, M.O.A.S (Model Organization of American States), Mock Trial, One Love, Poetry Speaks, Prism (Arts magazine), Prom Committee, Quaker Care, Quaker Youth Leadership Committee, Quiz Bowl, Random Act of Kindness Club (RAK), Robotics, Stock Market Club, Student Disciplinary Committee, What’s Up?, Whittier Miscellany (student newspaper), World Affairs Clu

School Notes

  • Global learning at Friends includes signature international programs--the International Baccalaureate (IB), School Year Abroad (SYA), and three modern languages: Chinese, French, and Spanish. Language study begins in pre-kindergarten (Spanish).More broadly and fundamentally, global education at Friends is reflected in a curriculum- and school-wide approach to education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of their future, even those that we cannot predict.The world is changing quickly, fueled by technological progress measured in "machine generations" as short as one or two years. Friends offers an unsurpassed college preparatory program in terms of content in each academic discipline, and in the range and depth of academic and leadership skills that apply across disciplines and outside of the classroom. We recognize that the careers our students will pursue may not even exist yet, and the program at Friends is designed to prepare students for whatever the future brings.* Friends students learn how to engage complex questions intellectually-with multi-layered, open-minded, truly "global" thinking.* They learn the academic and leadership skills to engage challenges in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of responsibility and confidence that they can communicate, act, and lead effectively.* They learn how to listen and how to work with people of different points of view.* And they learn that the faster the world changes, the more important their own foundation of values and ethics becomes.Global education is coordinated throughout the curriculum, culminating in the IB program. Friends was the first school in Delaware authorized to offer the IB, which is recognized around the world as representing one of the highest standards-indeed, it is often recognized as the highest standard-in college preparatory education. Authorization as an IB school also ensures international certification of quality across academic disciplines, to the benefit of all of our students.Additional global education programs, including School Year Abroad and other international study and service learning programs, are coordinated at Friends through the Quaker Center for Understanding, Engagement, and Stewardship (QUEST). Programs under the auspices of QUEST include service-learning trips, and the "Big Ideas" and Lunch & Learn speaker series on issues related to cross-cultural and international understanding, social justice, and environmental stewardship.

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Our two-year old daughter just began attending the ELC this September, and it has been amazing watching her flourish in this environment. She seems so much happier at Friends than she did at het last NAEYC- accredited daycare, and we attribute that completely to the high standards for teaching and the personal connections that her teachers make with each of the children. It was the right fit for us!
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