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Wilmington Friends School

Private | PK-12 | 765 students

We are best known for global education program.

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $270,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,040.

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Posted August 5, 2014

I would love to say that I loved WFS. I was a lifer at Friends, meaning I was there from pre-elementary school through graduation, and the longer I stayed, the more I noticed that was wrong with the school. WFS is completely inept at dealing with bullying. I have two friends who have younger siblings that were bullying to the point of leaving the school. I myself was subjected to sexual harassment, and the school's reaction was to give the young men involved a detention (one hour before one day of school, after they had bothered me for months). Another friend was kicked as she walked down the hallway. Several others were teased because they did not like sports. PLEASE, I caution you before sending your children to WFS. While yes, the school boasts numerous benefits to your children (a second language, low teacher to student ratios, great college guidance), it really isn't worth the money to have your child come home crying every day. I wish you all the best of luck in choosing schools.


Posted December 27, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2012

I attended WFS for 14 years, pre-K through 12. I had an absolutely wonderful education- academically, athletically, and socially. As several reviewers have said, it is a family. It is a very unique place that encourages acceptance, tolerance, and being yourself. I went on to an Ivy League university and found college to be easy compared with Friends. I felt better prepared for my college classes than peers who attended some of the "best" schools in the country. I feel very luck and grateful to have attended Friends, and am seriously considering moving back to DE just to send my children there!


Posted February 6, 2012

I am in my junior year at WFS and have been there since pre-K. The school is more than just a place to learn, it is a family, it is somewhere I can be myself, grow into who I want to be, and along the way meet the most amazing people. I can honestly say that every teacher I have had has touched my life in a meaningful way.


Posted April 2, 2011

I went to friends for all 14 years and I loved it. I am currently a junior in college and I cannot express how well WFS prepared me for undergraduate work. As a math and economics double major my schedule is demanding and the work is difficult. The education I received in mathematics with the IB program gave me a step up not only in my freshman year, but in upperlevel courses also. Outside of the classroom WFS was an amazing place to be. The community is welcoming and supportive. I still email with my teachers and old coaches and stop by when I am home. They are people who genuinely care about their students. I consider myself lucky to have attended WFS.


Posted April 15, 2010

Excellant teaching with emphasis on child oriented learning and values
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Posted October 23, 2009

My daughter started in 9th grade and is now a senior. She came from a fabulous k-8 independent school and we expected WFS to compare well. We were sorely disappointed. The facilities for HS are so/so. The teaching is very uneven. Expectations are very low. A mediocre school.
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Posted February 29, 2008

My daughter has attended WFS since Middle School and is now a senior. The opportunities the school has provided her with have been tremendous. It is more than just a school, it is a loving community. My daughter can be found singing in the hallway and even the janitor knows her by name. It is so safe there is not a need for locks on the lockers. Cannot say enough about it. Ellen deVrind
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

Special place to learn, grow, and succeed in both personal and academic challenges. My daughter attends the middle school currently and we are thrilled to be a part of a school with high standards for 'the students' as well as 'the people' they will become.
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Posted September 20, 2007

My children currently attend and the education couldn't be better! As a mathematician and finance professional, I can honestly say that the math program is the best I have ever seen. Children learn practical applications for math and are able to prepare confidently for standardized tests. The last reviewers assessment that his/her 'high honor roll' kids are doing better now could be for many other reasons. We could not be happier with our children's standardized test scores and their ability to apply mathematics as early as Kindergarten!
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Posted September 6, 2005

I had 2 children go to friends from pk-8,i was happier with the LS program and very disappointed with the MS,my children left for another high school and are much happier both socially and academically. The math program is horrible and since my children have left their math scores have significantly increased on standardized tests and the classroom.(I have high honor roll kids).The math is not taught,the kids get in groups and work on problems and that's all they do,it's very frustrating and getting extra help is really no help at all. The english program is stronger,science program is fair to better depending on the teacher. They have great sports facilities. Very few class choices at hs level. Be wary,it looks great but not worth the $$,there are better schools available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2004

My son graduated 9 nine years ago and the education recieved here was excellent. He learned how to balance his work and social life. Math was taught for a full year in word problems. As an African-American student he was always encouraged to be himself and was accepted as his own person. When he went to college he was very successful because of the prepartion in all academic arenas. Teachers were well prepared to teach very challenging subject matter and pushed hard for excellence while having a loving and supportive arm around students. It was well worth all the sacrifices my family made and I would do it all again.
—Submitted by a parent


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Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
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College counselor(s)
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Music teacher(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bryan K. Garman, Ph.D., Head of School
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Friends
Associations
  • FCE
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Busses for PA residents
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Global education at Friends teaches students how to engage complex questions intellectually and in action, with a sense of confidence and responsibility. Friends students are prepared to do well and inspired to do good.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

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College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
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101 School Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Phone: (302) 576-2909

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