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Lansdowne Friends School

Private | PK-6 | 90 students


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Posted May 24, 2013

LFS amazed me in many ways. Generally speaking they teacher the entire child by empowering the light within each child. The school offers more than it's stellar academic curriculum. It empowers the child to learn themselves, it develops self esteem and encourages the child that it's cool to explore the world, be good to one another, and to live in peace. It's a whole community. As a parent i felt like I had gone back to school. I'd gotten to know the parents and teachers very well. From the 1st day of school and meeting with the class, I felt right at home. Many parents reached out to me to make sure I felt welcome. It was encouraging to see a group of adults from all different backgrounds share similar interests. Even with the genuine diversity of backgrounds, it seems like everyone strives toward the same cause. ALL of the teachers CARE about every single child, each child has a voice and every parent is supported and respected. This is our 1st year at LFS and I look forward to when my children graduate. If you want your child you develop the critical skills to become catalyst of positive change in the world, LFS is your school.
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Posted October 3, 2009

Each child is known, challenged, supported, nurtured, all is a wonderful diverse community.

Posted June 10, 2008

Love LFS my children went to this school for six years. The staff is professional, attentive and caring. The teachers are awesome and the school offers a wonderful community.
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Posted February 28, 2007

Our family has been with LFS, from 2006 Summer Camp to present--Pre-K: 1st Child in School.LFS offers what each of us looks for when we place our child in the care of others. Caring, Respectful, Educational Opportunities to be Part of a Community! Well, the moment you enter the doors at LFS, you and your children are at home. Each adult-teacher, School Principal -Teacher Susan and staff: each is friendly, respectful and happy to be there with our children! Then the daily life at LFS begins, Circle, Gathering, Projects, Free PLay, Journal Writing, Rest time, Science, Other Cultures, a non-hectic environment where our child is learning the gentle social skills to go into the world and lead. We are so happy we found the LFS --we live in West Philadelphia and only commute 15 minutes, with no parking issues for drop off.
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Posted February 25, 2007

My daughter goes to LFS she is in pre-k. We absolutly love it she learns far more then she would at a daycare. Everything about the school is great- the other children, the academics, the staff. You could not ask for more!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 52% 15%
White 41% 71%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • Coed
  • Friends
  • NAIS


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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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110 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050
Phone: (610) 623-2548


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