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Friends School Mullica Hill

Private | PK-8 | 165 students

To provide a fertile learning environment for our students.

 
 

Living in Mullica Hill

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $305,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,070.

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Posted February 13, 2014

Terrific school! If you are looking for a school to help your child grow and thrive each year, pick FSMH!. All of the teachers my child have had at Friends School have been wonderful! Whether new in their teaching career or long term teachers, the faculty members are engaged and expert in their subject matter and care deeply about their students' learning. Teachers both challenge and support their students academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

Our family really thinks this school is special. We have a student here now and another that graduated a few years ago. We value quality education and believe this is a place that has helped develop our children into academic and mature citizens of the world. We love the Quaker "Spices" taught here of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. We have been and continue to be very pleased with our overall experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

Please do not ever even consider, 12 teachers gone in the 5 years my child was there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

I am proud to be a teacher at FSMH. It is a wonderful school and an incredible community. The quiet, small campus, pre-K to eighth grade student body and Quaker ethos make this one of the best places to send elementary age school children. The Quaker values form a subtle, yet strong backbone that runs through all of the programs. Even more important is the love of teaching and students that is shown by the faculty and staff. The administrators and teachers know each of the students on a personal level. Parents and children feel that they are part of a community that will be with them for the rest of their lives. The academics are strong and the values-based education is a breath of fresh air. FSMH is indeed a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 16, 2013

This school sucks in SO many ways. For one, it is too religous for a private school. Another is that the teachers give work that is quite excessive. I am in 7th grade here, and if there was at least one better cheaper local school, I would have taken the chance to go that school right away. Also, the kids in my class are complete and total stalkers. I hate every part of this school, except fot the Middle School science teacher. He's nice. This school has been getting worse and worse, and lots are leaving. Please, do not send your child here unless you hate him/her.


Posted December 8, 2013

"To provide a fertile learning environment, rich with the nutrients that help us cultivate the intellectual growth, creativity, scholarship and social conscience of each student, within a community of values rooted in the Quaker tradition that advocates mutual respect and nurtures the spirit as well as the mind." The above is the mission statement for Friends School Mullica Hill. This is the "gift" you give your child when they attend our school. As a parent . . . I couldn't ask for more . . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

My husband and I have first hand experience with the public school system and investigated many educational options before deciding on FSMH. Friends is a wonderfully diverse community. You will find friends here and so will your children. This is a small school hyper-focused on growing children into productive, well informed, educated people. The teachers are deeply commited to our children. They fret over all the big and small stuff, building language and math skills, building confidence and building compassion and commitment. FSMH students are well received by highly regarded schools when they graduate. Does that guarentee that every child will be an honor student, of course not! If you want your child to succeed everyone has to get into the game, your child and you. At Friends you will have the opportunity to interact with your children's teachers far more then at most schools. Teachers are always available to discuss your child's progress. Communication is a choice, come to the meetings, be a part of the activities, visit the classrooms you will find an engaged group of people who share a deep commitment to the success of their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

Interesting that a negative review is immediatey followed by a 5-star review. Seems someone is montioring to ensure the positive reviews outweight the negative. At any rate, the school is highly over-rated. We couldn't leave fast enough and are getting much more "bang for our buck" elsewhere. When staff is leaving left and right...something is wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

My children attend Friends School Mullica Hill, and we are thrilled with the education they are receiving. Our children are bright and needed to be in a challenging environment which we have found at Friends. Their teachers genuinely care about them as a person and a learner. My kids are in a safe, nurturing environment. They are learning to respect others and to be global citizens. If you are a parent who appreciates diversity, an open-minded staff and 21st century learning skills, then you will understand and appreciate a Friends education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Just because you portray a school as fancy, does not mean it is a good school. Don't believe the hype. This school is about judgemental, wealthy families deciding if you can be in their circle. Academics here are no better, and sometimes worse than, much more affordable private schools. Do your research. Talk to families who have attended recently. The school has changed for the worse. The Head of School is detached and completely ignorant of what is going on in the classrooms. Teachers are shuffled around. High turnover of teachers. Administrators fill in as teachers. For the money spent, you need a real teacher in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

I love this school, and my children have been so well served both academically and socially. Their self-confidence has grown tremendously, and I can't think of them attending anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

I am not a happy smiling Pollyanna. Public schools have made me skeptical of education. That said, I have a 4th grader in his third year at FSMH. We could not be more pleased with the quality of education or the dedication of the talented staff. There is a tremendous sense of community here. It has inspired a desire in my son to 'give back' which is entirely refreshing. As to the academic environment, I will tell you that my son is tremendously enthused about going to school each and every day. Each instructor has been awesome, and has contributed to my sons' broadening knowledge and responsibility. He is performing very well and testing through the roof. He has discovered organization that I can not possibly lay claim responsibility. There is a very diverse student body here. All the continents are represented within the student populace, another great opportunity for broadening ones horizon. The strong Quaker values are conveyed without any sense of proselytizing, so a person of any religious belief (or none) will be warmly accepted here, and better off for it. I read a couple negative remarks here, they are not true at all! More likely bad parenting is the problem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

Friends School Mullica Hill is a special place. It is a school where children are nurtured and encouraged every day and challenged to perform their own personal best academically. Being part of a respectful community is encouraged among students because it is an important part of becoming a respectful adult. It is an environment where children learn to problem solve, to work together, to think critically about their work, and how to rebound after making mistakes. They are celebrated for their own academic successes. Finding the perfect educational environment is a unique decision to each family as children are have their own learning styles and abilities. Friends School Mullica Hill is a community where students are challenged to grow and thrive.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2011

This school places a lot of emphasis on community service and community-building, which are important elements of education. However, they also need to focus on helping students to master fundamental academic skills. Students should not graduate with poor writing ability, yet many do. Receiving high schools say that some FSMH students can't write. That is not acceptable. How can any student slip through the cracks with classes as small as 11 or 12 students? Further, FSMH students have had trouble with weak math skills when transitioning into PUBLIC high school math programs. Again, that is unacceptable. Someone in charge needs to address these glaring problems. Tuition is far too high for a mediocre academic program. If the academics were better the tuition would be well worth it. Unfortunately, parents often do not realize how weak the academics are until their children go elsewhere and have something else to compare to. Focus on students' social and emotional growth alone cannot sustain a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

I have 2 children that attend Friends school in Mullica Hill. We could not be more pleased. My kids are each unique and the values that both the school and teachers bring to them are just wonderful. Aside from the education (my oldest has been placed in the John's Hopkins Talanted Youth Program), they have learned amazing social skills and compassion for others. I receive one on one feedback regularly from the teachers because we only have 12 children in their classroom. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality, well rounded school for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Friends School gives a quality education. They also teach students to care for one another, to respect the enviroment and respect everyone around.


Posted May 3, 2010

It's a really tiny school. I am a 7th grader at FSMH and find it hard to have a lot of friends. There are only 14 kids in the whole 7th grade, so if you get in a fight with your best friend there is really no one else you can talk to. For all the money we pay for tuition we are going to school in a trailer ( yes the middle school is a trailer). T. Joe O'Brien is a wonderful english teacher and is understanding in every way. Some teachers aren't ever going to be voted as class favorite...and most of them aren't liked. Diversity is the most important thing to this school, when it should be other things such as academics, and rebuilding some things such as the gym, and middle school buildings. The school is okay but would be better with more kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2009

There is a serious lack of qualified teachers, quaker teachers and an even more frightening turnover of teachers each year. The school grounds and surrounding buildings are deteriorating with no improvements scheduled for the near future and tuition prices continue to increase. Quaker values are what drew me to the school, but it has become increasingly obvious that money and fundraising and being diverse is more important than true Quaker values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

really small classes, some good teachers, school is very diverse, however there is a somewhat lack of explicitly qualified teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

FSMH is the best school you could ever hope for your children to attend. They empower their students with their challenging classes and provide a nurturing enviorment for growth. FSMH's staff is highly educated and world traveled and they share it with their students as they love what they do and it shows! This school is worth every penny you may spend (and they do have financial aid) and so much more!! Dont let this life changeing opportunity for your children pass you by. It is the foundation they need for success. L. Kiernan
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 51%
Black 17% 16%
Two or more races 9% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Hispanic 2% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 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
  • Beth Reaves, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Friends (Quaker)
Associations
  • FCE
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (856) 478-0263

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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15 High St
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
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Phone: (856) 478-2908

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