"HPFS offeres advaceed math and science courses as well as experiential learning."
Students enrolled 119
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
School leader David Girardi
Transportation options None
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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800 Quaker Lane
High Point, NC 27262

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March 26, 2014
I like the school its a great place for education I have learned so much but the school needs to control bullying better

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2013
(Continued Thoughts from earlier post...) Finally, I feel that I need to address an earlier posting which states that HPFS "...caters to families with the most financial resources...so certain children are treated more favorably than others." If this were indeed the case (a direct correlation between my income/assets and the treatment of my children), then my son and daughter would have been treated quite unfavorably at HPFS. On the contrary, they were finally given a chance to explore, lead, and develop their interests and skills at HPFS, whereas there were always challenges to these venues in their other schools. Thank you, HPFS staff and faculty, for being there for my children in the recent past, and for continuing to maintain that relationship, "as needed," with our family to this day!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
I cannot express how much this school, teachers and staff have cared for, nurtured & educated our children. They have also challenged, corrected and brought out the best in each of our children. The ability to focus and foster the strengths of each individual student is probably one of their greatest attributes. Something that most parents probably overlook, is a schools ability to help students take on greater responsibility and leadership rolls both in the classroom and the community. This is one area where HPFS excels! This is clearly demonstrated in the many student led programs and the success of recent graduates, moving into much larger high schools, that have become SGA leaders and involved in many aspects of their new schools. Educating children is more than just grades. It's helping them grow, expand their horizons and become confident in achieving their goals. Unequivocally, this is the best kept secret in education in High Point!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
I am so proud to call HPFS home for my child. It is comforting to know that every morning when I take my daughter to school, I can rest assured that she will be receiving the very best in academics, but more importantly, that she will be loved and cared for by her teachers in a safe and nurturing environment. I cannot say enough about the time and devotion the teachers at this school put into the children. My daughter has grown so much academically, spiritually, and morally. HPFS is successful in creating an environment that focuses on developing her as a whole child by inspiring creativity, compassion, social skills, self-knowledge and providing top-notch academics through life experiences. It is with pleasure that we are sending our second child to Kindergarten next year at HPFS to embark on this wonderful journey. We are so happy that we chose High Point Friends School for our children's educational career.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
Bullying does indeed exist at this school and it starts with the teachers. Using frequent humiliation and sometimes verbal and emotional abuse, teachers pick on some of the children. They encourage the other children to do so as well. This school caters to those families with the most financial resources to give so certain children are treated more favorably than others and bullying by some children is tolerated. Academically, the teachers of this school provide a mediocre education. A lot of the learning of new concepts occurs after school through homework assignments and with a great deal of parental assistance. Parents are also frequently encouraged to hire tutors rather than have their children ask their teachers for help. Just because you are paying for education, does not mean you are receiving the best education. This school does not provide a kind and nurturing environment for all children. Try to look below the surface and think long and hard before sending your children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
This school tolerates bullying and refuses to acknowledge that it happens in this school. Several teachers are bullies and allow students to be bullies. I do not recommend this school to anyone and wish I had not sent my child there.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
As a recent graduate of High Point Friends, I have received so many opportunities here that no other school can offer. I have attended HPFS since I was two years old. Coming here to HPFS has made me a much better person in many different ways. I have participated in various sports. We have 5 sports total: Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, Basketball and, Cross Country. All of the sports are co-ed, which allow mutual respect that the athletes offer to one another. In addition to sports, academic classes allow students and teachers to have an incredible relationship that no other school can offer. I feel like I have had the best preparation for high school both socially and academically.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
I am a recent graduate of High Point Friends School. Our class had 10 students, and 60% of us had been together since kindergarten or before. We are all great friends and we are very close to each other. Three of my best friends and I are going to Westchester next year, and I am not looking forward to leaving. I have had many great experiences at High Point Friends School that have prepared me for High School including the exciting overnight field trips.This school has helped me overcome many things. An example of which is when I first came to this school, I didn't like to go out of my comfort zone or try new things. However, when I was in second grade, we got a new head of school, and he helped me get over this fear, and he is now a very good friend of mine. The teachers and staff at this school are very kind and compasionate, and I could not have asked for anyone better. My favorite teacher is the Social Studies teacher/athletic director, and my fellow classmates and I have become very close to him. I have had a great time at this school and I will miss it very much. THANK YOU HIGH POINT FRIENDS SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
This school is amazing on every level. From the head of school to the staff, students and families. Our community is tight-knit and focused on helping students thrive emotionally, spiritually, educationally and physically. Individual care is given to each student and we strive to build strong lasting relationships. Many former students return to serve in multiple capacities. They do this voluntarily because they love the school. Our athletics program has produced League Champions in Volleyball and Basketball and we offer Flag Football, Soccer, and Cross Country as well. In addition to great athletics, we have mini-electives ranging from digital photography to rock climbing. There are options for every interest. Our school also has state of the art facilities with a new expansion coming soon. We have SmartBoards in our classrooms 3rd-8th grade and the media center. We have a beautiful and spacious gymnasium with a fullcourt basketball/vollyball court and a rock climbing wall. Our computerlab is equipped with Dell computers loaded with Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop CS5. The parents call this school High Point's "best kept secret!"

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2012
I have been at High Point Friends all my life and I am graduating this year as an eighth grader. I have been to no other school. I have built so many great relationships with other classmates as well as teachers and the faculty. I feel as if I am a part of a family here. It is such a caring envirnoment to learn in. I have become more responsible and caring through my experience at High Point Friends School.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2012
I am an 8th grader attending HPFS. I have been a part of this school for the past nine years, and every year I have felt like I have been welcomed by the students and the staff. I would say that this school is the best choice for me and is a great place for someone who would like to shine brighter then ever before. During my time here I have been enriched with a positive attitude and have learned the basic quaker principles. This school definitely lives up to its motto(a classic education in a caring community). Thank you HPFS!

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2012
This is a very positive, calm, and spiritual environment for a young child. Our child is doing very well in the elementary school. She is happy and does not like to "miss" school. The small class sizes are a big plus and the "hands on learning" really does make a difference. We really like the moderate approach to spirituality that the school takes... I was not sure when we started the school how that would work & after being there for a year I can say that I am so happy with it. The leadership is wonderful and everyone makes us feel part of a family. I am so glad we chose to send our child here. If you are considering a place that will constantly challenge your child, yet help them in areas where they struggle then this is the place to go!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
Our son has been attending HPFS since kindergarten and he is ready to graduate from the eighth grade. This school has been through some turbulent times, but the principal and the teachers have righted this ship and she is sailing swiftly. HPFS has lived out the core values of the Quaker tradition and while some of the people in the community are a tad more conservative than we are theologically, (we lean to the left) the community is strong and sure and overcomes any misgivings we might have had on that front. The teachers and administrators are extremely dedicated and kind. They go WAY beyond the call of duty and they have worked in such an intentional to help my son make his transition to High School. They know our son and love him. They are encouraging both on the field and court and in the classroom. We will greatly miss these friends who truly live out the meaning of friendship. Bravo HPFS!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
We have two children at High Point Friends Middle School and they could not be happier (and so are we). The teachers are highly competent, caring, and engaged, the classrooms are small and well appointed (including technology), the school itself is beautiful, and administration is completely student/kid-centered. They provide an academically sound, holistic experience for the students, emphasizing academic achievement, inclusion, diversity, community, and mutual respect. They run a viable athletics program and create several other fun and rewarding extracurricular activities for the children throughout the year. Our girls love this school - we just wish it went through high school. And the price for this top-notch private education? Incredibly reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
Absolutely love this school. We've experienced the PreSchool and the Lower School so far, and it's hands down worth every penny (and a million more). The teachers and staff are completely caring, dedicated and attentive - and really work with each child on their own level and adapt to each child's needs. I am amazed at how much my children (two polar opposites in personality and academically) have both flourished in the school. The academics are exceptional. Also the overall sense of community at the school - in it's staff, teachers, students and familes - are just as exceptional. There exists a depth of caring, responsibility and kindness that I don't think you see in most other schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
As a former parent of a child in High Point Friends, I feel that the school needs to develop tolerance. I feel like they are a bit rigid and there is no room for a child that is exceptional. New Garden Friends is much better.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
My son is in 8th grade and this is his fifth year at HPFS. The school gives a wonderful christian education. The classes are small and the teachers are great and truly care about every child. Our current director has been at HPFS for several years now and strives for excellence in academics and athletics. The coursework is challenging and the kids can participate in several sports throughout the year. We've got a great Parent-Teacher group and lots of activities throughout the year that promote friendships between the school's families. We call HPFS High Point's best-kept secret!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
This school continues to position itself as an institution that cultivates confidence, a sense of community, and depth of character in its students. I have watched this school develop over the past 12 years from a preschool and kindergarten into a Lower and Middle School with bright students and a caring group of people. The strength of this school is in the established Friends Meeting that hosts the school on its grounds and the support it gets from parents, faculty, and members of the community.

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2010
The teachers are kind and very generous with their time. Each student is treated fairly and respectfully. The education is well-rounded and includes not only academic subjects but social responsibility topics.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
It's losing all of its good teachers..the foundation is flying out from under it.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2010
Friendly staff and children. Welcoming environment and good academics. We searched and searched and think we have finally found a home for our child. I don't worry at all when I leave and he is always anxious to get to school and learn. You really have to check this place out.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2010
I can not say enough wonderful things about this school. I've experienced the pre-school - filled with creativity and love, the lower school - the most fantastic foundation there is, and the middle school - development of independance and confidence. Come see this place and you will be sold! The brand new facility and the wonderful faculty will make you realize that HPFS is the perfect place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2010
Tucked into a nice neighborhood, HPFS has a 'little red schoolhouse' feel but is throughly modern in its facilities. HPFS is a wonderful educational and caring environment. My kids have been there for 4 years and enjoy the small classes and attention from the teachers. My 5th grader has a great time playing soccer and cross country with his schoolmates. Diversity is improving. The new gym is fantastic and allows much more for PE and interschool sports. I really like the solid but understated christian teachings that pervade school activities. Check it out!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2009
My son began at HPFS when he was in 4th grade. He s now prparing to graduate from 8th grade. My son has made tremendous advancedment in academics as well as gains in self confidenece. Two years ago the school made progress in providing an atheletic program. The students have truely learn teamwork and are very supportive of each other. My son has had an amazing experiene at HPFS and he will never forget the dedication and support he was provided in such a nurturing, safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
My son has been attending HPFS since he was in 3rd grade. He is now in 7th grade and is still getting the best education he can possible get. He enjoys the small classrooms, the closeness of all the students. He loves the teachers and he has told me several times that he can talk to his teachers anytime and they listen to him and help him whenever he needs it. As a parent I love how the teachers respond to the children. They always talk to them in a positive manner, they are all professional and they are very caring. All of the teachers are very highly qualified and they all have degrees. Most of all the students and teachers all act like a family. This is the advantage of being in a small school. Come and be apart of our family!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
The triad's Best Kept Secret ~ that is how those of us whose children go to this school feel about it. The three F's are so important to their success: Faculty, Facilities and Family. I am the parent of two children who started as preschoolers at the sweet age of three years old and now enjoy Kindergarten and Fourth grade. We have found this school to be a loving, nurturing, and educational environment. As parents we have watched in awe as our childrens' lives have been shaped and molded by the caring staff they encounter everyday. In addition to a first rate education; our children are learning the importance of peace, community, compassion, friendship and equality through life lessons learned every day. The joy of having children that Love their school, want to go each day and look forward to the next = priceless.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
My older son started in middle school and also loves this environment. i cant think of a better place for a child to go through the challenges of puberty than HPFS. The MS teachers make a point to 'know' the children and work to meet their everchanging needs. the education level surpasses eveything we experienced in public and 1 year in another private school. I was very concerned initially about them transitionaling smoothly to high school, but my worries were unfounded. They will be more than ready for any program that is available. Thank you for making Our Middle school experience wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
I am a parent and a teacher. Not many people know about HPFS yet, but it is a wonderful 'secret' that everyone should know about. It has a wonderful atmosphere & a lot of opportunity. I have only been involved with the middle school. They have a very strong academic program, and they follow NC standard course of study. Their math program is advanced and flexible, based on the needs of the student. They offer geometry at the 8th grade level, opening all kinds of doors for their students going into different high school programs. They offer 5 different coed sports. They also have a climbing wall and a fantastic gym. They offer opportunity for outdoor ed. All the students are involved in community serivce and worship is a daily part of the school day. It really is a great place to grow up!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
Wow, My daughter and son have been with this school since the two year old preschool class. The school has come a long way. We went through some growing pains early on with the school, and couldn't be happier about staying. The director and staff care so much about the school and it shows. This school let's me have peace of mind that our children are getting a 'five star' education in a safe loving environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
My children have attended this school since they were 2 years old. They are now in the 3rd and 7th grades and have had a wonderful educational experience! I would recommend HPFS to any family looking for a classic education in a caring community.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
Our family was at this school for two years. We've moved away and have not been able to find a school that even comes close! Our family gets relocated frequently, due to my spouse's job, and we have attended several private schools. None can compare to HPFS! The new school head is wonderful. He knows that for children to learn, they need to in an environment where they feel valued and loved. He expects the teachers to echo this sentiment, also. My children loved their friends at the school and with the new direction the school will be impossible to surpass. We are doing all we can to return to HPFS. Children there are loved, respected, and expected to work hard; however, they have fun while learning. The faith is gently introduced--no dogma or extreme fundamentalism--just wonderful core values anyone of any faith would want to instill.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
HPFS is a true blessing to my family. We have two children one in pre-school and one in grade school. Our oldest has been at HPFS since she was two. As all new schools do we have had of our share of growing pains but it has all been worth it. HPFS has so much to offer and it is a wonderful environment. My children are so happy and love school. We have a wonderful staff and our parental involvement is unbelievable! I can't say enough about our wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
What a difference a year makes. The leadership changes of this school have had a dramatic and positive effect. David Girardi, the director, is such an experienced and strong leader. He and his teachers have a vision for the school that is impressive and already being attained. The beautiful facilities are expanding to include even more opportunities and extracurricular activities. We have re-enrolled our children due to our comfort with the new direction. The school has a nice balance of educating the children and promoting good citizenship without being overbearing with fundamentalist views.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
I have two children at HPFS and would not have them anywhere else. We have tried other more expensive private schools but you cannot under-estimate the effect that a loving faith-based environment has on a child's ability to develop and progress. Our oldest son has been able to reach his potential with the smaller class sizes. With the addition of a middle school facility over the next year, HPFS will continue to build a synergy and be able to provide this excellent education to even more students in the Triad. HPFS is truly a hidden gem in a county with much choice but very little quality in education.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
I have 2 children at HPFS, one in the preschool program and one in the lower school. We have had a wonderful experience at HPFS! My children are excelling in their academics and the facility is new and wonderful. They are excited about learning and their teachers are nurturing and caring, and they are excellent at what they do. I could not ask for a better place to send my precious ones. I see HPFS growing and getting better and better each year.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
What a blessing this school is for my child. She is in 3rd grade this year at HP Friends and actually looks forward to going everyday. The smaller class size seems to help keep her from feeling so 'overwhelmed'. She is much better organized and she tells me that she doesn't become as easily distracted as she did in public school. She dearly loves her teacher and from everything I've seen, her teacher certainly seems to love her students too. Everyone that I have met there has been more than willing to help me with whatever I've needed. It's a beautiful school with clean, cheerful classrooms. The academics appear to be slightly more advanced than her previous school. I can't imagine what this school could do any better.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
The Head of School has been replaced by David Girardi, a leader with years of experience in public and private education, and who has a strong understanding of the strengths and potential of Friends School. I have been so impressed in the difference between the start of school this 2006-2007 year compared to last. The teachers are happy, and my friends who also have children enrolled at the school are happy. I am so excited about the potential of this school year with a new page turned. The facilites are among the best in High Point.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
After several years at Friends, I finally pulled the plug and feel much better. I am tired of a terrible administration not to mention supportive staff which adversely affected my child's education. Small class size because they cannot get the enrollment. Is it a leap to wonder why?

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2006
When my child started kindergarten in 2002 we were commited to this school for the duration of her educational career. After the retirement of the original minister the school quickly started to unravel. New admisnistrators with questionable backrounds and morals were chosen as compasses for our children. There were many unacceptable events in the 05/06 school year. We have pulled both of our children from the school and have sought private education elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
My wife and I like the new Director and are also glad middle school is being added. Art and Orchestra are being added this fall too. On my first visit I was impressed by the spaciousness of the classrooms. I also appreciate the quality & relevance of field trips as well as the reasonableness of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2006
We moved here from out of state and chose High Point Friends School for our children even before we purchased a home. We have been very pleased with the quality of the curriculum, the enthusiasim and commitment of the teachers, as well as the attractiveness of the facilities. The elementary Music and P.E. programs are superb! We are delighted that a Middle School is being added and are very impressed by the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2006
When High Point Friends added on the elementary school addition, our family was so very pleased that our children would be able to continue their education with this establishment. However, after five years, the elementary school continues having difficulty establishing its self and now their adding a middle school. That is where the attention will now focus despite a weak elementary school. There are no extra curricular activities offered, classes in the lower elementary classes have high turn over and class sizes in upper elementary classes are very small and therefore limit social relationships. We also became very concerned with the high administrative and teacher turnover rate. My family, therefore, is placing our children in a different private school where we can feel some stability in every aspect of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
My children have been at HPFS for several years now and love it. The facilities and the staff are excellent and they foster a love of learning for my children. In my opinion, HPFS is one of the Triad area's best kept secrets for a private education.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2006
I would have like to have kept my child at HPFS in hopes to see it grow and become a great school. However, due to the new administration, lack of enrollment and high turn over rate, my child will attend a different private school next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2006
My child attend High Point Friends Grade School until recently. The small class sizes however are not due to class size limits but are due to lack of enrollment. The school offers no extra curricular activities other than Spanish, Music and Computers. The tuition at HPFS is competitive with other independent schools, but with none of the other schools many advantages.

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May 18, 2006
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High Point Friends School
800 Quaker Lane, High Point, NC  27262
Last modified High Point Friends School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
High Point Friends School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews.