guided by Quaker principles they don't just use slogans to teach moral values. They have a weekly class on Quakerism where they teach kids to speak their minds and to listen mindfully to each other. Faculty and staff model compassion and consideration at every turn. The campus culture strongly encouraged kindness and mutual respect
FANTASTIC school and community with dedicated and remarkably engaging faculty. The kids at Friends Central School (FCS) are kind and caring, humble and free of elitism! You (kids or parents) don't have to be beautiful, wealthy of wear expensive sneakers to feel valued here. And the parents are a thousand times friendlier than the ones at Gladwyne Elementary.
If you read "Battle hymn of the tiger mom," Baldwin is more like the mom and FCS is more like the dad. They both end up as Ivy League professors but take different paths to get there. So, it depends what you are looking for.
FCS is intentional in teaching excellent academics (just look at the list of colleges the kids attend), critical thinking, intellectual risk taking and compassion. The school uses various strategies to foster psychological and social well being and the result is that kids are not bogged down by loneliness, depression, anxiety, etc. Sports are in perspective alongside drama and music, and other co-educational activities. The curriculum integrates concepts with interesting experiences, such as going to the Rennaisance Faire as part of the social studies lesson on societal structures or examining cheek cells through microscopes for a biology lesson in cell structure.
No wonder the school makes kids eager to learn and study! Our child has attended three schools and is by far the happiest at FCS.
Check it out for yourself: Friendscentral.org
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I attended FCS years back and I am researching it again for my kids. The most interesting thing I have discovered is that over 50% of my graduating class has achieved a University degree higher than a Bachelors and that over 25% have doctorates (MD,JD,PHD). I see only improvement in the "new" FCS and can't wait to rejoin the community.