This is an outstanding elementary school. My kids went to Newtown Friends School all eight years and graduated with excellent academics and strong values. They were well prepared for further education at a top tier secondary school, college, anbd graduate schools. It's imprerssive that graduates from this small Quaker elementary school go on to schools like George School, Exeter, Germantown Academy, Lawrenceville, Andover, and St. Paul s and colleges like Haverford, Harvard, Yale, Bryn Mawr, Colgate, and Dartmouth. Their combination of rigorous academics and solid Quaker values seems to work very well.
I am taking my children out. Since the new administration has been there over the last three years things have gone down hill. Over half the staff is leaving or have already gone/laid off. This year alone 5 or 6 staff are resigning for one reason or another. I think it is reflective of the work environment and this has to filter down to the children. On the academic front my children do not seem any better prepared then their public school peers/neighbors/cousins. On the behavior front there is a lot of poor behavior that seems to be tolerated. All this for over 17 thousand a year. I was an idiot dropping 35 thousand for this but make your own decision.
why was my honest and mild (especially considering what we went through) review deleted? i did give the teachers 4 stars. almost 5, but allowing some students with certain parents to get away with behaviour very unbecoming and not tolerated from other students - because of pressure. bullying is a problem. but you don't want to face it? well, anyway, i am not as sick and helpless as i was back then; with several lyme disease infections that were undiagnosed and untreated by uncouth drs when our daughter attended NFS. our whole family has it as you knew back then, and blue cross/blue shield refused to adequately treat as you also knew. our daughter is doing better. amazing actually, considering what she went through. my family has lots of history in bucks county. were here since the 1600's. part of why NFS appealed to me. such a disappointment; the destructive and apparently very powerful entities during those years and still going strong. sad. very sad.
This is a wonderful PK-8 school, providing an excellent academic base while emphasizing good values. As an independent school they have more flexibility in teaching and are not required to "teach to the test , and are able to present diversified views. Students are continuously challenged and stimulated with a broad range of projects, oral presentations, writing, discussions, as well as team building projects and trips. The school emphasizes oral and written communication skills from a young age which is apparent when you visit. My daughter entered in kindergarten and was rather shy. By the time she graduated from 8th grade she was an extremely confident individual who had been in various leadership roles throughout the years. Her confidence with oral presentations was amazing, and her writing exceptional. My younger daughter has been there for seven years and is excelling in many areas. She has also loved school and never wants to miss a moment. She has a great foundation that will serve her well in the years ahead. The teachers are very dedicated and truly care about the students. NFS offers a very nurturing and accepting environment for students. Overall, a great school!
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