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1365 Englewood Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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November 24, 2014
Both my children have been at FSM since kindergarten. My daughter just entered Middle School (5th grade), and both kids are thriving. We wanted a school where our children would be seen and heard and where they would be developed as whole people. When we chose FSM it was because they spend lots of time outdoors, and we learned that middle school can be great (who knew that it doesn't have to suck?). Our children have made lifelong friends, are learning to speak for themselves, and to be independent thinkers. The Quaker values lead to a strong conflict resolution program, service projects, and a focus on peace-making and justice. Oh, and they can do math and read and stuff, too. The community is out of this world - as a family, we have found our people and couldn't be happier. We were committed to public school and toured FSM as a favor to a friend. We walked in the door and never looked back. (one caveat: like all schools, FSM is not a fit for every child. If your child needs an academically accelerated program or a highly structured learning environment, you'll want to evaluate if FSM is a good fit). We love it, and wish all children had access to such an education.

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November 10, 2014
A lot has been said in recent reviews that I totally agree with. We could not be happier at FSMN. When our son was in the lower school he was fabulously (largely invisibly) supported for his developmental/learning needs. At that point it was mentioned to me that the middle school years are even better. I could not imagine it, but having an aging middle schooler now, I could not agree more. Academic expectations are clearly set and they increase in a logical developmental manner. I can completely envision my child as a competent high schooler now, as the skills (social and academic) are firmly in place. Science, math, spanish, humanities are excellent. The new art space is inspiring. If you are looking for a progressive school with strong values and fabulous staff---take a look here. The school is small, but the community large. From K-8, students get to know each other and the teachers and staff, expanding their world. FSMN is an extension of our family.

- submitted by a parent
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November 07, 2014
Please come to an open house on: Thursday, November 13, 2014 or Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:30-8:30 p.m. Prospective families are invited to come see the school and talk with teachers, students, and parents about Friends School of Minnesota's philosophy, curriculum, and community. Bring the whole family! 6:30-7:00 p.m. School tours by students and parents 7:00-7:40 p.m. Information session in the multi-purpose room (children's activities available) 7:40-8:30 p.m. Visit classrooms, more tours, tuition aid info, refreshments Admissions open houses are great opportunities for the whole family to explore whether FSM would be a good academic and social fit for your child.

- submitted by a school leader

November 06, 2014
We were very careful in choosing a school for our shy and anxious daughter, and I'm so glad we chose FSM! They really get to know every student, and give her the nurturing she needs while still challenging her to go outside her comfort zone. They facilitate friendships between grades so that the entire school becomes a community -- it's amazing how many kids of all ages our shy child now knows. And unlike the public schools, they have time for all the important "extras": longer recess, Open Lab (a once-a-week period where kids get to try new, or just fun, activities), Buddies (where younger kids and older kids are paired up), etc. Homework is minimal and academics slow-paced for the lower grades, but kids come out of there fully prepared, both academically and socially.

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November 05, 2014
i cannot say enough good things about FSMN. The faculty and staff commitment to a liberal education, with high academic standards and a commitment to peace, justice, community, and diversity are astounding. This is a school that will support you as a parent and will be your support, not a source of distraction, worry, or concern.

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November 05, 2014
Friends School's approach to education is inspiring. They cultivate a love for learning, curiosity about the world, a commitment to community, and a strong sense of self in students. All of the teachers are top-notch, both as educators and just as the kind of people you're glad to have as role models for your kids. Although the academics are very good, it is not an academically "elite" school, and they admit students with a variety of academic abilities (although it's true that, as a small school, there are not as many services for more serious learning disabilities). The philosophy is less achievement oriented than focused on character building, guided by Quaker principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. There's also a strong commitment to the arts, diversity, and social justice.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2014
It all depends... the school has no resources for kids who are challenged in learning or learn differently. In fact, the administration is consistently resistant to efforts to provide them. They also seem to have no sensitivity to one parent families. If your kid is mainstream and whitebread, it's a good school for you. But I have an ethical problem with supporting a school that doesn't embrace all kids. It's the classic private school: if they aren't perfect we don't want 'em here, or we'll be happy just to push them through and let them fall behind.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2013
Friends School of MN has been like a school heaven on Earth for our children. After experiencing various other schools- Montessori, public, gifted, and outdoor schools, this school pretty much seems to have it right. A holistic, develop,entally appropriate approach to teaching children where they are, not as adults wish the we're. The school is intellectual, outdoorsy, hands-on, and embodies respect toward children, parents, teachers and all who come through its doors. Quaker values imbue this school with a very conscientious moral approach toward relationships with all people. The teachers and staff are bright and dedicated. Everyone seems pretty happy here. I know my daughters have almost never complained about anything they've encountered in a given school day. And that's saying a lot. We are extremely happy with this school.

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March 14, 2012
I came to appreciate FSM most after my daughter graduated and started high school. She was far better prepared for all of her classes than most others. The individual attention from teachers that she received at Friends helped her to grow in her knowledge, skills, and conceptualization of complex material. More than just the academics, though, FSM promotes healthy relationships between the students and with teachers and staff. This lays a solid foundation for the next steps.

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July 08, 2010
FSM is a wonderful school. It has a very diverse population,i.e. students, parents and staff. My son really enjoys going to school. His academic skills and self confidence have soared. He beleives the staff and students are there to share and help everyone.

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November 04, 2009
Diversity of student body, strong orientation toward peace and teaching peaceful conflict resolution.

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November 03, 2009
Amazing rapport between teachers and students, dedication to creating a welcoming place for all young people, focus on peace and justice. Creating self-confidence and teamwork.

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October 03, 2009
Friends School is a nurturing, positive environment. The entire staff focuses on educating the whole child--academically, socially, and physically. The Friends School provides children with a warm and loving community. FSM's Quaker values impart the values of simplicity and social justice to children of all religious and non-religious backgrounds. All of the teachers know not only my child who attends FSM, but also my preschooler, by name. It is such a warm and loving place, with students who are joyful and motivated learners. FSM teaches children to learn with wonder and develop with a sense of justice and community which will help them grow into wonderful productive adults.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2009
FSMN is a really wonderful school. Kids learn to love learning and to be responsible for their learning. we have found the schools' real strengths to be in writing, speaking, presenting skills, but science and quantitative skills are improving thoughout the school. FSm will get new music and art specialists this year, demonstrating the school's commitment to strengthening these areas as well. One of the biggest strenghts at FSM is that kids learn to be effective advocates for themselves not only with other kids but with the adults, who treat them as people worthy of respect. FSM takes its committment to providing a peaceful environment seriously, and while kids are kids and some teasing remains, the school really works to provide a healthy learning environment. Last note--the Physical education program is terrific! Kids of all ability levels are encouraged to get fit, learn about their bodies, and find activities they enjoy!

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2009
I went to FSM 6th to 8th grade. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to go to a place every day where I didn't have to worry about many of the things I worried about at other schools. Class sizes, teacher to student time, and in general feeling comfortable with being myself.

- submitted by a student

July 10, 2009
FSM (despite the rather embarrassing name) was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It's one of the few schools that teach the students how to be good people with fulfilling lives instead of just teaching what they're required to and moving on to the next person standing in line. They taught us to accept people for who they are no matter how quirky and left us with friends we'll have forever. It was my home-away-from-home for almost a decade.

- submitted by a student

July 10, 2009
Easily the single most impressive school we looked at when searching for a school for our brilliant yet very shy daughter. Yet it works just as well for our also brilliant, but very outgoing son.

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July 10, 2009
Friends School has been a great fit for my daughter. The school is very respectful of each student's individual learning style, strengths/weaknesses, etc. The teachers and staff foster a strong sense of community, both within the school and as a part of the world at large. Kids are given the freedom to be themselves but also have the responsibility to the school community. Plus: There is no snobby private school attitude here.

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July 09, 2009
Friends School is an amazing school with amazing staff and students that help each individual learn and grow in their own ways. I went to Friends for 9 years, and was so sad to leave last year. Everyone fits in and is welcomed there, and it is such a supportive comfortable learning environment. It is also great because new kids are always brought right in and make lots of friends. All of my friends from there and I have grown so close over the years, so I know we will be friends forever. I have a second home at Friends School. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.

- submitted by a student

July 09, 2009
We have two children at the school. Very strong community, excellent teachers, wonderful programs, small classes. Has all those things that I used to get in public school but have been cut to ribbons over the years - strong music, art, phys ed/sports. My little kindergartner came home telling me that her metatarsals hurt from running. I had to look it up. She learned this in phys ed, along with balance skills, hand-eye coordination skills, etc. I compare that to phys ed in my day and remember just doing jumping jacks or getting killed in flag football. It's an entirely different world. Very strong writing curriculum. Most amazingly, the theory of progressive education which underlies the entire curriculum develops very healthy and happy children who are independent thinkers with a good level of confidence in themselves, and genuine respect for others. I couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2009
The Friends School is a true jewel. We chose Friends School for our two daughters for several reasons. First, the school is academically excellent. We are true believers in progressive education, and Friends School more than meets our expectations in that regard. There is true respect for the child. Attention is paid to developing the whole child, not just the left brain. Learning is activity based. Kids are not locked down in desks (there are no desks!). The school is a pioneer in conflict resolution. All of this shows in the wonderful children that create a positive energy that you can feel when you visit the school. I could go on. It is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2009
Small class sizes, highly individualized attention and a dedicated, compassionate, and amazing staff.

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July 09, 2009
I'm not nearly eloquent enough to do justice to the positive impact that FSMN has had on our family. My son would have had a very hard time integrating into a standard classroom where the children are expected to sit and listen without much active participation. The progressive style of education at FSMN is exactly what my son needed to be able to integrate into a school system. The teachers and the staff are gentle, understanding and firm (when needed). At FSMN my son isn't just surviving his school experience, he's thriving. His biggest disappointment this entire year was when summer vacation started. If it were up to him, school would go year round with a few 1 week breaks along the way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 09, 2009
We moved our daughter to Friends School three years ago, after second grade and she has flourished ever since. The schools seems to get better all the time, with a commitment to listening to parents and experts, and adapting what fits for FSM. Unlike so many schools, it lives it's mission every day, in the academic, social and community aspects of the school. Academically it seems to get stronger all the time - the middle school seems much stronger now than when we first arrived three years ago. I can't recommend it enough.

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2008
We switched our daughter to Friends School in midyear from a public school where she was so miserable that she had basically shut down. After two weeks at Friends School, she began to flourish academically and socially. Her teachers are wonderful and engaging. They really care about the children and keep them engaged and excited about learning. The conflict resolution program gives students the tools to work peacefully work through conflicts together so that gain confidence and lifelong cooperation skills. The teachers and staff demonstrate respect for the children, and the children learn respect in return--not because they are innundated with rules, but because Friends School educates them as whole people. I feel like Friends School has returned our daughter's love of learning, and her joy to her. I feel like Friends School has given us back our child. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2008
Friends School is deliberate and intentional. As parents, we know that teachers, administrators and staff are committed to their educational philosophy and Quaker values and we trust that all decisions are grounded in that framework. Friends School resists the pressures of test-based accountability and the push to cut things like physical education and the arts to squeeze in more time on the subjects that will be tested. Our children are fortunate to be learning in an environment that respects the needs of the whole child and nurtures, in addition to their academic knowledge and skills, their social, emotional, spiritual, and moral growth and the development of critical executive skills, attitudes and behaviors that will serve them well in their future academic endeavors and relationships. We think the leadership, faculty and staff of the school are extremely strong. We'll miss FSM as our kids move on to high school.

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October 28, 2007
Small classes, high-quality teachers, strong feeling of community. Our daughter loved school from the first minute of kindergarten until now, in 8th grade. Friends School teachers focus on each child as an individual, with excellent support from the administrative side. No grades until 5th grade--detailed written narratives instead. Grades are given starting in 5th, and standardized testing in 6th. Child-directed conflict management and weekly silent meeting, a Quaker tradition. Music is taught by a well-known local musician, who also runs an excellent after-school program. Sports, starting in Middle School, are coed in a league of other small private and charter schools--these complement the wonderful physical education program that starts in kindergarten, emphasizing lifelong fitness and cooperation. Spanish instruction starting in kindergarten. Extracurriculars include drama club and a variety of others that change over time. Parent involvement is generally pretty high, from field trips to special events and potlucks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 17, 2007
My husband and I searched for two years prior to attending Friends School open house in November 0f 2004.We wanted our sons to attend a school with a diverse community of teachers and children. After our first meeting with the Head of School(at that time) and Kindergarten teacher, we were encouraged by their seemily commitment to conflict resolution and academics. After the First grade we had concerns with the quality of the teaching staff. Our sons now attends public school.

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October 02, 2005
Friends School of Minnesota is an amazing little school. My two sons are currently lower school students and are flourshing in their small classes led by energetic and dedicated teachers. While I never thought that I would be sending my kids to private school, I knew FSM was the perfect fit for my family the minute I walked through the front door. There is such a sense of community here. Students are taught to solve conflicts peacefully--and it really works. I wish that all schools could provide this level of excellence!

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August 09, 2004
Both my children have attended Friends School. I have been extremely happy with the education they each received. The school has a very strong sense of community, it was like have a very large extended family. I was able to get to know all the other parents, and traded childcare and parenting experiences. The academics were excellent, very challenging, my kids were held to a high standard based on their ablilties. Their teachers knew them extremely well and were very nuturing and supportive. The conflict resolution skills my older child learned at Friends School made it much easier to get through her teenage years. Everytime I visited a classroom it made me wish I could go back a be a student at Friends School myself.

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Friends School students perform both school and community service. Our conflict resolution program is woven into every aspect of school life. FSM sees environmental education as integral to creating responsible individuals. We recently expanded our facilities to include a new art room, middle school lounge and multi-purpose classroom. As a Quaker school, we value and teach peace, simplicity, integrity, equality, and community.

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Friends School Of Minnesota
1365 Englewood Avenue, Saint Paul, MN  55104
(651) 917-0636
Last modified Friends School Of Minnesota is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Friends School Of Minnesota Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top