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PK-12
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Baltimore, MD
Students enrolled: 969
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5114 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210

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(410) 649-3200
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October 17, 2014
We have 3 children here and absolutely love it. The school combines strong academic rigor with experiential and engaging learning styles. The academics go beyond traditional rote learning to exploration of the meaning behind the information, encouraging kids to analyze the information from the earliest ages. The academic program also utilizes interdisciplinary learning, linking for example the lessons in social studios with the literature in language arts. The music program is outstanding across the divisions. Perhaps most importantly, the culture of the school encourages everyone to value their peers, regardless of their strengths or interests. Kids can be a star athlete and have a part in the musical at the same time. The sense of security and community that my kids have makes all the difference as they grow up and figure out who they are as people.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
We started at Friends last year and have been thrilled with the school so far!! We were coming from another top notch school but saw significant improvement in our children's reading, writing and math in just a few months. Friends strives to balance academics, athletics and the arts and seems to offer the best lower school music program in the area. Our children love going to school and sharing what they learned each day and we love seeing how engaged they are with school. We also appreciate the school's diversity. In addition to racial and economic diversity, there is also a diversity of life experiences, where parents grew up and career choices. The Quaker values of simplicity, integrity, equality, community, peace & stewardship and the school's philosophy to "promote in each student internal motivation, diligence, a passion for learning, and a strong desire to excel" provide a wonderful foundation and learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
April 07, 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
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!

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
January 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
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
October 03, 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
no rating 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
June 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
I won't go so far as to take offense at the comments one parent made, as another has. In terms of the comment about athletics, the school does very well considering their size. I coach at one of the schools it competes against in athletics and I don't see how Friends can be compared to where I coach (and teach) where athletics are stressed a bit more as the culture at my school is different. As for AP classes, I wish these were done away with everywhere. AP classes and teaching to that test are not an adequate replacement of college class time and discussions with 18-19 year olds. AP courses are a part of the current HS/Collegiate landscape that is a disaster in terms of actually education our children.

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 08, 2007
Friends is an exceptional school with very high academic standards, supportive teachers and administrators, excellent college placement services, and a wonderfully unique Quaker feel to it. We have been in the Upper School for the past four years and loved it - I simply could not imagine a more open, challenging, accepting place for my son and daughter. They prepare kids very well for college and stimulate intellectual intercourse at every level - and they do so without having to teach to the restrictive AP curriculum. (AP is great for public schools that need to add rigor - this school is rigorous by design). Easily the most socio-economically diverse of the big Baltimore private schools, Friends has a nice, open, and accepting parent community too. The college placement office was completely redesigned and restaffed two years ago and the match of students to their colleges is superb. Great school indeed!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2006
I take offense to the comments made below that Friends doesn't offer AP courses due to teacher resistance and is 'satisfied with mediocrity in athletics' Many of our teams have exceled on the field, and the best part is that students are encouraged to practice both athleticism and art (coaches work with other departments to eliminate conflict) And Friends doesn't offer AP courses because most classes are college prep, not due to 'teacher resistance'.

- submitted by a former student
December 05, 2004
As a former student of this school, from 7th grade until graduation in 12th grade, I found this school prepared me for college as well as graduate school. I am now in the process of completing my Teacher's Credential in California and am finally realizing how Friends brought out my potential. I would recommend this school to any student as well as to their parents.

- submitted by a former student
September 13, 2004
Both our children have gone to Friends since pre-school. The school provides a nurturing environment with excellent teachers that care about their students. The middle school is better than the lower school and the upper school is better than the middle school. The music and arts programs are excellent. The students work hard. They are well prepared for college even though the factors outlined in the following paragraph hinder many in getting into elite colleges. The school could be better in a number of areas: the boys generally do not do as well academically as the girls in the upper school; AP courses are not offered because of faculty resistance; and the school is satisfied with mediocrity in its athletics.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school has been nothing but terrific for my children. Friends provides kids with a safe and friendly work environment that helps kids pursue his or her own dreams while maintaining a community oriented atmosphere. The teachers here are role models in the class room, and friends outside of it. I only wish that everyone could experience such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
My oldest child has been going to this school for 11 years and has grown and become a wonderful person because of it. The views and learning styles have brought my child a long way and the teachers have helped the learning process by being there whenever they are needed.

- submitted by a parent
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Friends School of Baltimore
5114 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD  21210
(410) 649-3200
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Friends School of Baltimore Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top