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Friends School of Baltimore

Private | PK-12 | 969 students

We are best known for Quaker mission/solid academics.

 

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Living in Baltimore

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $348,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,200.

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Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our attended Friends for High School and just graduated. It was a wonderful experience for him. He was challenged academically, welcomed into a warm and accepting social environment, able to get playing time on varsity teams despite being pretty average athletically. There are many long tenured teachers and their love for the school shows. Occasionally new teachers don't work out and are replaced quickly. Great balance between academics, arts and athletic. A liberal minded ethic - in all the best senses of that word. See some comments about not "really" having Quaker values - I can't imagine why anyone would say that. This school really tries to find the best in every individual. Great school - not perfect, but perfection does not exist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

We entered Friends School with great excitement, believing it was the perfect place for my daughter. While much of her educational experience has been positive, the Administration is so incompetent that I could never, in good conscience recommend the school. Every year my daughter has had to be a "Guinea Pig" for new teachers - often people who have never taught at the High School level. She had 1 horrible math teacher who physically intimidated her. Despite complaints the school refused to move my daughter from his classroom or dismiss him until the year ended. All protests were ignored. We never bother to open a 1st email sent by the Administration, because a 2nd one will ALWAYS be sent to correct the many mistakes written in the initial communication (although bad grammar is acceptable) The calendar and directory are often wrong (my personal favorite: the calendar still says the graduation rehearsal breakfast is the day AFTER graduation...)and even when errors are pointed out, corrections are never made. I would have to say STAY AWAY until or unless Friends School Administration decides to make competence a priority. Otherwise you are in for many frustrating years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Incredible school and academic program that develops independent thinking, community awareness and social responsibility. Excellent college preparation as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

My child has attended Friends School for the past 9 years. I have been very impressed with the core subjects, the integration of the arts, and the celebration of diversity in the school. The emphasis on critical thinking skills and collaboration gives the students a heads up in this world. Further, the element of reflection is unique and welcomed in the frenetic environment in which we live. Friends is the only school in the area with a Russian program, and Russian students graduating from Friends often move right into a higher level Russian course in college. Each division is an excellent school unto itself with an dedicated and caring faculty, and I am grateful that my child has an opportunity to receive an education of such high caliber. If you are looking for a private school which teaches excellence and a vision for giving back to society, Friends should be your top choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

I am the parent of a student from Class of 2011. My daughter attended middle and upper school. The middle school is very good and the teaching staff worked hard to engage students during what is often a difficult time emotionally and developmentally. While Friends has never been considered a athletic powerhouse, it works to include all students to participate and good things come of that. Upper school had some major concerns that would prevent me from recommending continuing education here. In 2011 here was a major breakdown concerning US administration. The head of school mishandled it and there was a continued undercurrent of distrust among students and parents. This was also a year where college advisement staff was either newly hired or on their way out. Many students clearly fell in the cracks. Overall, the mission and teaching philosophy of the school looks wonderful on paper. It was the practice; I am sorry to say, that was not worth the expense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2013

I have been going to friends for five years. The academics are rigorous, and I admit that I have almost wanted to leave because it is so hard to do well in some classes, but the teachers are always there after class and during breaks and are willing to help you as much as possible. I love meeting for worship, the 30 minutes of silence each grade has a week. It gives me a time to reflect on how I am doing in school and check-in with myself. I think that our arts program is by far the best of any of the local schools. In lower school, you have general music. In middle school, you can partake in chorus, orchestra, band, or fine arts with any of the amazing teachers. At the end of 6th grade, you can audition for the Apollos, the singing group/homeroom. Even more opportunities for art and music open up as you approach the upper school. What I love most about my school is the community we have. Although we have our fair share of cliques, at Scarlet and Grey Day and other school gatherings, you can see how much we all love each other like a big family. I've had a wonderful experience at Friends and I think that the school has helped mold me to be who I am today.


Posted November 6, 2013

Our family left Friends School after our children had been enrolled for over 10 years, for many of the reasons articulated by the person who posted in April 2011. The school lacks direction, lacks an emphasis on personal accountability for both faculty and students, and the academics vary widely depending on the teachers. I would disagree with the poster from October 2013 who believes that one of the few criticisms is that the school does not assist children who need special accommodation-our experience was the opposite, in that children with a variety of issues were accepted and retained in greater numbers as enrollment otherwise declined. The posters from Sept and Oct 2013 below are alarmingly similar in the points they make and even in the language that they use. Hmmmm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

This school has been a joy for my son both academically and athletically. When I moved to the area, I didn't know much about the private schools here and put our son in public school. We were very happy with his elementary school but knew as he moved towards middle and high school we would have to look at other options. Of all the schools, the only criticism we ever heard of about Friends was that it sometimes was not best for kids who needed some extra help or guidance (ie, special accommodations). Friends puts a lot on the kids as they get older and, as a result, it seems to put out very mature and responsible young men and women. The schools the kids go to who graduate from here are first rate and I love that the coed education, unlike other coed schools, allows both boy and girls to thrive. I don't think people considering schools should be scared away by the fact that it is coed. This is not like any coed school I went to or know of. The women and men both thrive because of the values of respect throughout the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2013

Our school is Friends School of Baltimore. We have been a Friends School family for 29 years. It was an excellent decision! We love Friends School!! Our son and daughter graduated with Ivy League college acceptances from all three Ivy League universities to which they applied. Amazingly, they have never received a college rejection. They both worked hard and were organized. The curriculum is academically challenging, but the strength of the Friends program is its emphasis is on the development of the whole person. By also requiring participation in the arts and sports, the program helps the students develop into well-rounded human beings. The emphasis on Quaker values helps to foster the integrity that underlies any faith. Friends students are intelligent, inquisitive, confident, engaged, respectful and willing to reflect and share their talents and opinions. Friends School families are more diverse than the statistics at first suggest, but financial aid seems to be not ample. Friends School friendships have lasted well, and both our son and daughter have friends from other ethnic groups met and appreciated at Friends School. It's great! Go for it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

We have been a Friends School family for the last nine years. It was the best decision we could have made! Our daughter graduated last year with handful of excellent college acceptances from which to choose. Our son remains and is now in high school. The curriculum is academically challenging, but the strength of the Friends program is its emphasis is on the development of the whole person. By also requiring participation in the arts and sports, the program helps the students develop into well-rounded human beings. The emphasis on Quaker values helps to foster the integrity that underlies any faith. Friends students are intelligent, inquisitive, confident, engaged, respectful and willing to reflect and share their talents and opinions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

I attended Friends School for several years before leaving. I can honestly say that this is one of the Worst Schools in the area. (I have even attended public schools which were better.) The main issues at FS is teachers and administration. Teachers don't really care about the well being of students nor do the principals. If you are having trouble in a subject, you are out of luck to find help at FS. Also Friends School is NOT a Quaker school! I know several Quakers in the area who sent their kids here and do not believe they are teaching Quaker values.


Posted June 19, 2012

Sending my child to Friends School of Baltimore was the biggest mistake I have made as a parent and I am truly regretful. It is clear that the faculty don't care about the students unless their parents are alumni and wealthy. Years of misery that my child had to face - at the expense of our own. +$160,000 straight out the window. Furthermore, my child is depressed and suicidal and for that I am heartbroken. I feel that I have failed as a parent for trusting in this school. All for a "good education" which the school does not even provide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

We have been at the school for 18 years. The first nine were great. The second nine have been a disappointment in terms of leadership and faculty competency. Friends School has become a de facto girls school that tolerates boys and I say that as the parent of daughters. I agree with the parent who says Friends has lost its way. The phrase "don't be so openminded that your brains fall out" should be a caveat directed towards Friends School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

I graduated from Friends School of Baltimore in the 90s. I was excited to have my own children attend but came to feel that Friends had lost its way. Preschool and Lower School both seriously lag other area private schools. Friends does not offer a serious foreign language program or instrumental music study until Middle School. The Middle School and High School are both great but I decided to pull my child out and send my child to another area private school. For an extra $2,000 she has a pristine campus and completely gorgeous buildings (Friends has been overbuilt and looks rundown now), she also had French starting in K! Some people call Friends the best public school money can buy -- I feel that if you are paying $20,000 you should really be getting a top notch education. I love the people at Friends but I think the people running things need to take stock and try to make some changes. Too bad really -- I felt a bit guilty going elsewhere!


Posted April 24, 2010

Friends School of Baltimore is a fabulous school. Each child's education is tailored for their abilities and interests. The faculty and administration care about the students and their families and work closely together with them. - Rich Thayer
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

I am a middle schooler at FS. I absolutely love it. I have tons of friends, and the middle school is brand new, making it a wondeful (and eco-friendly) place to be. The sports are rigorous and very good, although our teams might be lacking we make up for it with team spirit! We have chorus, band, orchestra (you can take all three or two or just one, by a system of Scarlet/Full) and a extra art program before lunch, which is served gourmet in our brand new dining hall. The teachers are amazing, and they offer 3 different languages in middle school, Russian, French and Spanish. The library is fully stocked, and the after school program lets us use it till 4 (after school care is cheap and fun!). The only problem is that you are required to take a sport, and they can last till 7 on game nights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

So excited my child started Friends 2 weeks ago. I am an alum and the best gift I can give my child is a Friends School education. I hope my child enjoys it and benefits as much as I have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love Friends School because of the mutual respect and care with which adults and children treat each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

Basicly these kids come from wealthy familys and look down on anyone not from there 'class'. If you are looking to have children who are self centered this is the best place to educate your child. These children are not subjected to the real world they are in the perfect world.


Posted June 28, 2009

Hello, I have been attending Friends School for 12 years now. Friends is a great school academically. The course is very challenging, but the teachers are extremely helpful and always open after class for extra help. There are also numerous extracurricular activities that are provided, especially in the upper school. Though the classes are challenging and are a priority, the school also offers just enough time away from academics with athletics and a great music and arts programs to maintain a steady balance of activities for each student. I would definitely recommend Friends to any family looking to send their children to a wonderful co-educational school.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 42%
Black 13% 35%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Middle School Math Counts, Baltimore/Chesapeake chapters, 1st place (2008)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Matt Micciche
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Friends
Associations
  • FCE
  • NAIS

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Friends has a very active and dedicated parent body. through the friends school parents association, families actively support all aspects of school life, including fundraising, athletics and the arts, and community service.
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  • The school is currently preparing for its 10-year AIMS evaluation. Friends is also presently implementing a comprehensive, multi-year strategic plan.
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5114 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210
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