Students enrolled 185
School leader Brenda Esch
Type Religious

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350 Peiffer Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28409

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5 stars
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April 14, 2014
My two children have attended Friends for three years (pre-school and elementary) and we have loved it. The second year we were there (2012-2013) a new head was hired and she has been proactive in updating the curriculum, providing professional development and raising teacher pay, making a good school even more solid. The teachers and administration are always available and open to any concerns you may have and it is easy and encouraged to be involved. It is a real community. The school provides many opportunities for creativity, connection to nature and values individuality. Friends has provided such a wonderful environment where my children are inspired and love to go to school every day. The montessori program cannot be matched for early childhood education, my pre-k son is reading and writing, as are most of his peers. Art and music are not just given lip service, but given real time and value in the school for every level. I could go on and on - if you are looking for progressive education in Wilmington Friends is great and growing stronger.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
My 3rd grade son has been at the Friends School of Wilmington since he was 2 years old. He has thrived in the amazing Montessori pre-school and Kindergarten program as well as the Inquiry-based Elementary Program. The school's multi-year classrooms with low student-teacher ratios ensure that his teachers know his learning needs well and can provide individualized attention both when he needs a little extra help and when he needs more challenging work. FSW's hands-on approach to learning makes abstract concepts concrete and meaningful to him. The fact that my child LOVES school is the biggest testament I can provide to other families considering FSW for their children.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
Such an amazing school. We moved here 3 months ago from Boston and was concerned about education for our children. Our daughter entered 6th grade at The Friends School and loves it! She is inspired every day by her teachers who are all so wonderful. The energy is positive from the administration and it is felt throughout. My daughter is engaged in so much at school that it has made such an impact on her outside of school. She wants to read so much more, learn so much more and give so much more. Wonderful environment for any child!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
If you want a school that will mindlessly drill facts into your child's brain in a didactive environment, overload them with mountains of home work and create a stressful environment in prepation for testing, then Friends School is NOT for you. At Friends School, children learn to think and analyze problems independently and creatively in an inspiring hands-on environment. They learn to love learning. They learn values to prepare them to make decisions throughout their lives. They also thrive academically in small sized-class rooms led by dedicated teachers. Kindergarteners are working on multiplication, phonetic reading and creative writing skills. Pre-schoolers have an amazing grasp of geography, early phonics, and math conceptsand are continously honing fine motor skills. And, first graders achieve amazing reading proficiency and number fluency. While other schools are cutting arts, FSOW students study art, music, PE & Spanish twice a week. I would recommmend FSOW to any parent who wants to give their children the gift of learning and preprae them to excel academically in high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Friends is a very special school. Over 5 years, I've watched a series of exceptional teachers truly get to know the learning needs of my very different children and tailor their experiences accordingly. One remarkable teacher brought in technical books from home to encourage reading from my mechanically-fascinated Kindergartener. Another developed a paper airplane aeronatics seminar for 1/2 graders when she saw that interest sparked in my son and his peers on a windy day. I could provide pages of such examples. Both of my children have grown into eager, curious students who analyze as habit, problem solve easily and explore constantly. Their academic success is awesome, but even greater is their love of learning. Socially, every aspect of the school emphasizes inclusion and as a result you see an unusual level of support and camaraderie among the students as well as the parents, faculty and staff. It is truly a community, a place where you can be confident your kids will be well cared for and where they will thrive. For these and many more reasons, I give the school my highest recommendation. See for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
My daughter attended Friends School for three years of middle school after moving here from California. The caring teachers and principal, wonderful experiences and IOWA test scores attest to the five star rating. Although Friends does not offer high school they were able to provide an educational experience that allowed my daughter to be accepted by an excellent private high school where she has done well. I recommend Friends very highly and unreservedly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
because of their non-traditional style of education, smaller classrooms which can give students more personal attention, their values which include the environment, the community, the arts, etc. whcih I think isbetter.

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January 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
My son went to Friends School of Wilmington for his 3 middle school years and graduated with an incredible foundation in math and science. He is now a Math and Physics major at Duke University and his best friend, who also went to Friends School, was one of only 200 students accepted at the California Institute of Technology for the 2008-09 school year. Going to Friends School was a turning point in my son s life and prepared him so well for the academic rigors and social pressures of high school. I am deeply grateful for the Friends School s commitment to diversity, environmental stewardship, academic excellence, and for their unique social curriculum which is the heart of their program and the foundation for all of the learning that takes place there. I was so impressed with FSW that I joined the faculty there when a postion in my field became available!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 12, 2009
I have two children attending FSW and couldn't be more pleased with the quality of education, teachers and faculty. We moved from San Francisco in 2007 and were naturally concerned about schools - our kids were going to a great school in California and we didn't want to mess a good thing up! Thankfully FSW has provided an excellent environment for our children to continue to enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2009
I have had a daughter at FSW for four years, now heading into 7th grade. This was our first excursion into private school, as our two older children were in public schools all the way through high school. What a difference FSW has made! I love the emphasis not only on academics, but also on community service, respect for one another, respect and nurturing for the environment, simplicity, and a moral compass without pushing any particular religion or belief. The smaller class sizes makes it feel more like a family that grows up together, enhancing the acquisition of social skills as the kids work out their social issues together. I think the leadership at FSW is excellent, and is poised to take FSW to greater and greater heights as we work into the future.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2009
I have two daughters attending FSW, a rising 6th grader and a rising 7th grader who almost on a daily basis come home from school and declare...'I LOVE THE FRIENDS SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON'. Need I say more? Academically, FSW meets and beats the standard course of study for each grade level. Call for overall scores on the IOWA tests. Great results. Also check out the list that shows where the graduates from Friends end up going to High School and College. Impressive. In addition to great academic standards, what I, as a parent, love the most about FSW is the social curriculum. The teachers and staff are unbelievable at reinforcing values taught at home. They also have weekly service learning projects. Recycling for the homeless shelter, making blankets for the children at the carousel center, gardening, etc. Art is college level, music young and relevant. A+

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
Our oldest son started at Friends 3 years ago and our youngest last year. It has been a wonderful experience. The learning environment and values are just what we were looking for in a school for our boys.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2009
My daughter has gone to Friends since first grade and it is a great school. The teachers really respect the students so, in turn the students respect the teachers. School is fun and interesting. If you are a person who thinks kids need text books and desks to learn, then this is not the place for you. If you are a parent who wants your child to explore her curiosity and learn about the world around her, then Friends might suit you well. Their math curriculum is not the strongest, but all other subjects are way above average. The added social curriculum makes a lot of 'discipline' unnecessary. The students learn to respect each other and their classroom.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
I love this school! Originally we were only going to have our children attend through Kindergarten, as they use the Montessori method, but when we saw their in-depth projects and how much they were learning about everything, we have kept them there.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
This school teaches kids to love, respect, and value not only themselves but also others and our world. Educationally, they make learning fun and exciting. Each student is treated as an individual and their individuality is respected and encouraged. This is a school where children are truly 'safe' to be themselves. Bullying, fighting, yelling, cliques, suspension, ect., are virtually not present nor tolerated at this school. Peace, love, respect, harmony and conflict resolution is modeled by teachers and learned by students. I wish every child and family could experience the incredible gift you receive by being a part of The Friends School. The family involvement and sense of community at this school is beyond words! You can not put a price tag on the values your child will acquire during their time at Friends School. On a scale from 1 - 10, I'd give it a 12!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
I have 3 children, all of whom will be attending Friends school. My youngest will be starting in August in the Stepping Stones program. My other two children also started in the Stepping stones and it was such a positive, warm experience for my two boys, I am looking forward to watching my daughter also enjoy the Stepping Stone program. I intend to keep all 3 of my children at Friends school until they have to venture onto High School, although my hope is that Friends School will have a High School up and running by the time my children are of age. I would be happy to recommend this school to anyone. I feel it is setting the foundation for a solid love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2009
I have had three children graduate from Friends School of Wilmington, and I cannot imagine a more committed and caring environment to assist in preparing my children for high school and for life. My children developed a love of learning along with a committment to improve the world they live in. It taught them 'how to think', not just 'what to think', so that they can take the endless information that is available to us today and apply it to the needs and direction of their life. Academically, they were/are very prepared for high school, but the development of the whole person has put them on a course for success in life. Bottom line, I couldn't recommend it more highly!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2009
My daughter has attended the school for 3 years and we could not be happier. Friends School teaches to the 'whole person'... if you want your kids to memorize abc's and 123's...Friends might not be for you. If you want your child to learn life skills...sense of community...responsibility...peaceful conflict resolution...then this is your place. Let your kid be a kid...there is plenty of time for the rest.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
My son just graduated from 8th grade at Friends School of Wilmington, and his brother graduated three years ago. FSW gave both of my sons an incredibly enriching educational and social experience over the seven years we had students there. The teachers are caring, smart, energetic and creative. The curriculum in both elementary and middle school helped my two sons to become confident individuals and prepared them well for high school. I could not recommend this school any more highly!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
My daughter just graduated from Friends School and will be entering high school in the fall. If Friends School had a high school, we would still be there. Her confidence has grown immeasurably. The academics are as strong as the commitment to community. The teachers are enthusiastic and the emphasis is on learning, not getting a grade. I would and have recommended this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
There truly is no other school like it!!! You might be able to find other private schools that offer an educational curriculum that is equally as impressive as the Friends School. However, I have yet to find another school that teaches kids to love/respect themselves, love/respect others and love/respect the world we live in like The Friends School does. At this school, children can be proud of who they are because individuality is both encouraged and admired. The teachers are so committed, dedicated and involved as well as the parents. There is a true sense of community at this school. It is an extremely warm, loving and nurturing learning environment, as well as being fun, exciting and hands on. It doesn't get any better then this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2009
My children have spent a total of 11 years now at Friends School of Wilmington. They adore everything about the school, as do we. It is a learning environment that is safe, encouraging, and at the same time, challenging. Our daughters look forward to Monday mornings, the day after breaks, and the first day after summer way more than my wife and I ever did at their age. We're happy for them that they've had this opportunity. What a great faculty. Extremely impressed with core teachers as well as the superb enrichment faculty, particularly art, music, and physical education. We also enjoy all of the opportunities for involvement for the entire family--potluck dinners, ski trip, beach trips, camping, and drama/concert events put on by the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2009
If every school in America (and the world) approached education and children the way this school does, there could be no other outcome for our future than peace and prosperity. It's amazing, the kids score excellent in every area in the State testing rankings, but they learn so much more than just the school subjects. They learn about the truly important things, like treating others kindly and fairly, serving a greater good (the community and humanity), personal confidence, creative and critical thinking. It's really hard to describe. You have to experience Friends school and the amazing environment they've created for our kids, in order to understand. The teachers there really love to be there teaching and the kids actually like going to school. It's the best educational environment I've ever witnessed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2008
My son attended the school for 3 years. Although I liked the caring attitude of the teachers, I felt like the commitment to experiential learning overrode a consistent academic experience (spelling and math drills were minimal and haphazard). Also discipline was lacking. On the positive side, the parents were very committed and caring for others and your community were emphasized.

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October 16, 2007
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Friends School
350 Peiffer Avenue, Wilmington, NC  28409
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