Why Frankford Friends?
FFS is a Quaker school that children love. Our students explore, problem-solve, and work together to expand their understanding of themselves and the world beyond. Children of all faiths and all ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds are welcomed to our community.
As a Friends school, we look for the Light in everyone and help children to discover how they can uniquely shine. Through learning who they are and developing respect for the gifts and strengths of others, our students grow the courage and confidence to sustain and improve their world. They learn that no one accomplishes great things alone – we all work together to learn, to create, and to serve our community.
FFS embodies the Friends testimonies of simplicity and the careful stewardship of resources, offering the lowest tuition of any Friends school in the region. Our students learn to appreciate the beauty of these testimonies, developing strong core values through meaningful projects and regular opportunities for quiet reflection and thoughtful discussion.
Our outstanding academic program prepares our graduates to thrive in the selective public and private high schools they attend. Frankford Friends School’s curriculum emphasizes the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving. Whether learning to code a robot in the Innovation Workshop, helping a younger child build a structure at the Nature Learning Lab, or conducting research for the Frankford Historical Society, hands-on learning helps children to grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically.
Frankford Friends School students are intellectually curious, engaged, and care deeply about each other and the world outside of themselves. They become adults who use their strengths and passions to make the world a better place.
Highlights of our 2016-2017 program include:
- The opening of the NEST (for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology Investigations), including The Innovation Workshop and The Nature Learning Lab, a .45 acre space dedicated to play and outdoor exploration.
- Outstanding academics including:
–STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classes
–Music and Performing Arts (Music & Movement; Strings Ensemble, Choir, and Theater)
–Spanish in grades PreK-4 (twice weekly), grade 5 (three times weekly), and grades 6-8 (daily)
–Physical Education for all students
–Service Learning Program
–High School Admissions Program
Frankford Friends School has an enrollment of 160 students and is under the care of Frankford Monthly Meeting. It is located in the Frankford Section of Philadelphia. Our students come from every neighborhood in the city and a few outside the city.