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PK-12
Private
Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 141
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1537 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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(757) 428-7534
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September 04, 2014
My children came to summer camps here for years when they were young. My son attended VBFS for three years (MS and US), and I substitute teach here. It is a small school, to be sure, with the smallness felt sometimes in that almost everyone has to play sports to have teams :) ... but that's about it. The lessons students learn extend beyond the "three R's" and they learn them because of the character of the school and its staff. Quaker schools are based on the idea that each person is of value. It's innate, and based on that value, each person ("even" a 3-year-old!) is deserving of respect. (It's a very Montessori-type philosophy.) We are respecters of all persons- those who look or speak differently or are differently-abled, those who have different types of families than ours, and those who have different faith perspectives. The Head of School is instrumental in maintaining a strong academic program while assuring an environment of acceptance and kindness. The students learn to sit quietly every week at Meeting for Worship (a silent 15 minutes where the whole school is together, followed by announcements and accolades). (This practice is priceless.) This is a gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2014
I firmly believe that this school was the best place I could have put my son as he started middle school. I went from having a child who loves to learn but absolutely hated school to a child tells all his friends how 'awesome' his school is. As a parent I found the communication with teachers and staff to be wonderful and my child got help that he had never received before. If there was anyway I could have my second child there I would do it tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2014
Having been a student and a teacher at Friends School, my biggest thrill has been watching children develop a sense of worth, become comfortable with themselves and thrive both emotionally and academically. It is a wonderful nurturing environment that I wish all children had the opportunity to experience.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2014
I feel this school is on a downward slope. I would not, nor never could I recommend this school. Parents are charged for book fees that are not actually given toward the students. My child was in the upper school; although the teachers in the upper school were very caring, they were not given the support to help the children. middle/upper school students with learning challenges, some of them severe are brought in to classrooms that do not have special ed teachers teaching them. Tuition is ridiculously high for what you get! My biggest concern was finding out that with a 550.00 book fee charged, so why are teachers making photo copies of things instead of purchasing the actual materials needed! So where did the money actually go? 2 more things! Check out the paperwork you are asked to sign and check on their certifications before you spend all the money on tuition. Do that for any independent or private school you send your child to.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
Enrolling our daughter at the Friends School was the best decision we made for our child. We continue to be amazed and impressed at the education she is receiving. This school nurtures the whole child which is essential for successful learning, The teachers are responsive and caring, and really support all the children socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Our child is receiving an excellent academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
I have attended Virginia Beach Friends School for 5 years, going on to my 6th year, and it is the best decision my family and I have ever made. I have always felt that the teachers care and that it is a very organized school. It is sad to read these other reviews, but Friends School is not for everyone. The teachers are very welcoming and make sure every child is flying as high as they can. I found that at my old school, it was not like that. Also everyone knows each other, and their is always a smile on someones face. I strongly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for both a nurturing environment, and wanting to help a school grow. This school grows every year and can only get better in the future. I have also played many sports and mainly soccer. The athletics here grow every year as well.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2013
BEST SCHOOL IN VIRGINIA BEACH. Friends School is AMAZING. My children are younger (pre-school and kindergarten) and they love going to school. The curriculum is very diverse and interesting. The teachers are understanding, patient, and their number one concern is the student. They work well with parents if there is ever a problem or concern. A few times I have approach a teacher with a concern about my child, and they worked with me to resolve it. The office staff is helpful, everyone is friendly, and they remember who you are, who your kids are, and what class they're in. They have fun fundraisers, and the parents are welcomed to become involved. A wonderfully supportive school, and one worth looking into for you're own kids!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Virginia Beach Friends School is a wonderful school. The teachers are dedicated and passionate about education and the success of each child. Staff identifies with the children (their personalities and needs) and parents. The faculty and staff truly teach and develop the 'whole child', grounding the students in ethics, self confidence, care for others, and decision making, as well as the common academic pursuits.I highly recommend this beautiful school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
EXTREMLEY unorganized ........ Nothing seems to be organized like other schools... Upper school and pe are the most unorganized ..

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2012
Our daughter transferred to Friends after a negative experience in public school in 6th grade. She transferred mid-year and was immediately welcomed by both faculty and classmates. Her teachers have been engaging and interested in helping her succeed, which she has done! I would whole-heartedly recommend this very special school!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
My daughter has been going to Va Beach Friends School since 2nd grade. She is now a 6th grader. As a middle schooler, she is now eligible to join the Athletic program and is enjoying playing Volley Ball and Basketball. She is learning the concept of team work and time management skills in getting her homework done around practices and games. The school offers a very nuturing environment for all students and I am happy to say there is no bullying there.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2012
My son graduated from Virginia Beach Friends School and is successfully completing college in four years. He was offered many opportunities to demonstrate leadership and strengthen his skills, which helped him considerably in college but also in life. He continues to do volunteer work and has two part time jobs. I appreciate the academics they offered as well as the values they instilled.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
I go to Virginia Beach Friends School now and I love it a lot! Its easy-going style, work method, and campus all make it feel like a camp where you learn stuff. The teachers don t talk down to us or make us learn their set-in-concrete-way; each of us are taught as individuals, so we all understand what s going on. It may be small, but that makes it easier to make friends and join in class discussions. We can accept our differences, and there s no bullying. I like being able to express my creativeness through the artistic classes they have here like Film Appreciation, Movie Making, Open Mike and Improv, Percussion, and an all new class called On the Air. We are the first class to produce a student-run internet radio station, which I got to be a host on and design the logo for. This awesome school may not have a cafeteria, but who cares? Why does it matter? Tables in cafeterias only seem to exclude other people and say who has to sit with who. We have microwaves! And Pizza Fridays, too! Besides, how many 14-year-old kids do you know that actually look forward to going to school?

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2012
I'm suspicious about the intent behind the few negative comments and I welcome dialogue with their sources. Virginia Beach Friends School provides a professional, yet nurturing educational environment and sets the standard for a natural command of mutual respect which is uncommon not only among students within schools but also among adult co-workers. The building is as clean and well-maintained as any good local school its age, but it's people comprise the heart and soul that make it shine. The academic, art and technology programs are outstanding and the students take an active and accountable role in their education while benefitting from the small class sizes and one-on-one instruction that enable them to spend more time on their weaknesses, excel at their strengths and explore such unique endeavors as talk radio show and video production. Many well-educated and well-respected community members send their children to VBFS because they (we) understand the importance of students being "safe, valued, inspired and engaged." Our children know they have an important place in the world, beginning with their corner of it at Friends. I back my statement with tuition dollars.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
VBFS provides an incredible education for my child! -strong academics, a peaceful environment, happy teachers- schools like this are hard to come by these days I would encourage any parent who is out there "school shopping" right now to go take a look at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
I am appalled and saddened to read some of the reviews written about this perfectly wonderful school during the last month of December. My child has been a student here for many years and I am quite pleased with the challenging academic curriculum and excellent, dedicated teaching staff. I am also pleased with the school's new "Head of School". (By the way I think that if someone had truely taught here they would know that their employer's title was "Head of School", rather than principal.) Please check this school out for yourselves. You may fall in love with it.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
I have been a student at Virginia Beach Friends School for seven years now, and I believe that their way of providing education is extraordinary. It has a great social environment, so I have no fear of being bullied or teased. The school's style of teaching is creative, interesting, and explorative. I enjoy all of my classes and teachers without a doubt. We are allowed to have our own opinions and questions about subjects. This makes me want to learn and explore more. As a class, we are like a family. We look out for and support each other. When the teachers allow us to work in groups, we get to share knowledge and ideas with one another. The honors council, made up of students and teachers, help create compromises to solve problems in a Quakerly fashion. Over all, Friends School has been a fantastic experience for me.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2012
Virginia Beach Friends School is a fine school with an excellent administration and hard-working, talented teachers.

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2012
I am quite sorry to see the most recent remarks in reference to this school and am pretty puzzled by them. My student attends this school and it is hard for me to believe we re speaking of the same campus. It looks neat and is regularly maintained; the buildings may be old but they are clean. The teachers are wonderful and degreed, many at the Master s level. As a matter of fact, I m not aware of any teachers that have recently resigned so am doubly confused by the comments. I m very pleased with the school and my child has been very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
This school has been a great school for my son. He did very well in public school but when he approached Middle School I was afraid with so many students he would be able to skate and not really apply himself. He has been successful at this school - teachers care, classes are small and he is encouraged to be responsible for himself. We are very pleased with the decision we made. We are encouraged by the upgrades in technology and the total school environment. This was definitely the school for our son

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
Our child has attended this school for the past three years. He will not be returning for a fourth. Friends is an unorganized, highly overated commune. They have no expectations for their students...poor achievement is ok, in fact celebrated as a welcome difference. The tuition is extremely high and there is no lunch room.... So they offer steel drums and square dancing, thanks but that's not going to get my kid into college. Neither is being able to stand in a circle, hold hands and sing kumbyya.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
Wow, Everyday Math was used with mine here. Hmm. Again, things are not always as they appear. This school appears to care about uniqueness. In fact, they had no idea what to do to help my children out. Mine have fared much better at a highly rated public school, where they had the resources to work with their giftedness.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
As you can see by the extreme differences in the other reviews (either one star or five stars) this school is not for everyone. It is, absolutely, the school for my son and our family. If you prefer a sterile, grade-separated, overly structured environment where teachers are forced to use a mediocre, mass-produced curriculum, then DON'T send your child to Friends. If, however, you want your unique child to be treated as an individual where his/her talents are encouraged to flourish, then Friends is for you! The best language arts (William & Mary gifted) curriculum, the best math (Singapore Math) curriculum, the most amazing science program and beyond the best by far music/arts/drama program for elementary school children ANYWHERE. I've done the research and also experienced what the other schools in Virginia Beach offer. Friends is also a great/logical step for parents who have home-schooled their children in the past. My son is thriving at Friends.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
We came from one of the most well-known school districts in the country. Friends School has excelled well beyond where we came from, in every aspects of my daughter's educational experiences. Watching her be challenged, and excelling academically; how the sports program is different through the kids working together as a team first, with respect and great sportsmanship; where all children and families' backgrounds are honored through the acceptance of all faiths, not just Quaker; and through the honor and respect that's evident on campus in every person, including teachers, staff and children. I couldn't give a bigger recommendation for this school and its values -- and couldn't put a price on my daughter's smile and sense of self and confidence at the end of every school day.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
My daughter was treated as an individual and excelled in her studies under the guidance and direction of outstanding teachers. She received a 4 year merit scholarship to one college and several generous financial packages from other colleges also based on merit.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
I love Virginia Beach Friends School because the atmosphere is a loving and caring one. The children bring their lunches and eat with teachers under some wonderful trees. It is a homey atmosphere and creates an environment where children are free to express and encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions. Parents are involved and love the school also.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2010
Friends School is a small, nurturing environment where students feel they are a member of a family. Children and parents both benefit from experiences within the wonderful school community, learning more than what is taught in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
VBFS is a unique community of students, families, alumni, faculty/staff, and Friends where experiential learning is valued and life-long learning is encouraged. I love coming to school each day because there is always something new to learn, regardless of what your role is in the community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
We love the Cottage program (pre-school) because it is a rare gem these days to find a 'learn-through-play' program. The children are not force-fed their ABCs and 123s quite yet! They are learning to love each other and love coming to school. The rest will come later! We drive about 30mins twice a day to come to Friends. It's worth every minute!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2010
Because of: 1. The Friends/Quaker School basic principles. 2. Their wholistic student-family emphasis. 3. Their strong community-service oriented philosophy & outreach. 3. The student needs supersede academic/statistical results. 4. Creative, aesthetic development & opportunities. 5. The loving, kind natures of administrators and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2010
I love Virginia Beach Friends School because it believes in the possibilities for every child and brings out the best in all of them. Respect and kindness to one another are the hallmarks of the relationships between and among the children and the teachers. I taught at Friends for about 30 years, our two children--now grown and on their own--attended Friends, and I have continued to teach part-time. The school is a real jewel and the students I have known have all felt thier friends experience was an importnat part of their life's journey.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 16, 2010
As a Quaker school, Virginia Beach Friends School offers the best and most well rounded education in the Hampton Roads area for our children to learn and to be successful in their life. It focuses on the individual potential of each child to not only to be able to proceed from secondary education to their next education step, but teaches critical thinking and the ability to be successful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
It encourages children to be who they are, build self-confidence, tolerance, patience, social conscience, and to be open to new and different experience

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
My son has flourished since being at VBFS. After being at public school first, we were able to see what a positive impact VBFS has on him and our family. We were welcomed back as if we never left and are truly treated as family. My son's confidence is at an all time high. The cork has been unplugged on his creativity. Thank you to all the amazing teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
VBFS is a unique Quaker school that embodies the values of equality, community, harmony,and simplicity throughout its curriculum and student-teacher interactions. It emphasizes small class size, individual attention and a vigorous and creative curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 15, 2010
My children are now 28yrs old, and still remember Friends School as very special place. A place where they learned much about themselves along with the value of equality and social conscience.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
This is a very nice small school! For the younger kids it gives them a chance to explore and they learn so much! For the older kids, they have great opportunities to participate in amazing projects and all 3 of my kids have truly grown there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
The individual attention that is given to the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Friends provided the highest academic standards for my son, complemented by a nourishing environment and a comprehensive sports program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Small classes and excellent teachers have made my daughter love school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Small classes, individual attention, supportive environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Children are taught to think out of the box. The school has small classes with big opportunities to expand a child s ability to development socially and intellectually.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
This is our 10th year at Friends. Not only has my son thrived academically, he has become a confident young man who has learned to be comfortable in his own skin and step outside of his comfort zone, trying new, exciting opportunities. The arts and athletics have helped make him a well-rounded teenager.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
This is an incredible school. They are masters at teaching. Most of all, they help students to self-educate.

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2010
The school helped our daughter grow and learn at her pace and found techniques that worked with her, not against her. I would recommend it highly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
VVFS is a progressive and excellent school that cares for each child's growth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Friends School was surprisingly affordable and has not only small classes but a wonderful approach to teaching my child as a whole: high academics as well as overall character,confidence, and creativity.My son has flourished there after being unhappy at public schools where they have large classes,lack of creativity & lack of recognizing the individual. He loves to go to a school and is learning lifelong qualities about community service which is weaved into every aspect of the curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Love the small school environment, and the way they teach the children to listen to and respect each person's opinion as well as each person's individuality.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Great School - Both my children attended, one graduated, one in 4th grade. My grad is a self-sufficient, independent thinker who just got into a university in Denmark next year. My 4th grader is reading well beyond her grade level, but more importantly, she's happy and loves school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
This is a Quaker school that teaches simplicity, harmony, tolerance, peace and equality with a focus on the arts and sustainability. The campus is nestled within a huge, lovely wooded area and is truly unique in its setting and philosophy. Class size is small and the opportunities to gain life long skills are grand. The school accommodates Pre-K through 12.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 22, 2010
This is my child's first year at VBFS and I am extremely satisfied with the education. My child loves going to school! The headmaster is new this year along with a number of teachers. We are signing next year's contract and are seriously considering sending our other two children next fall.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2009
I have a daughter who was in the cottage the past 2 years and is now in pre-K. We absolutely LOVE this school. Plan to send my 3-year-old there next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2008
I have been involved as a parent and as a volunteer at the school for 17 years. I am also an educator and a clinical psychologist. I have very high regard for the school and its leadership. My child is very successful in the adult world as a result of his education at the school. His work was individualized to meet his needs, and he was able to engage in sports, the arts, and student leadership programs that met his needs. He is now a software engineer at a dot.com.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
I am the parent of an alumnus of VBFS and he continues to outshine many of his co-horts at a famous Ivy League University because of his empathy for others, his kindness, and his ability to teach others weel, all because of his 12 years at the school. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to help their children discover their true selves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2008
I am a parent of a graduate of VBFS who attended there from K-12. I am a college educator and was Dean of two colleges of education for 15 years. By far, Virginia Beach Friends School is the best school in the region for the following reasons - the educational philosophy of the school is the most progressive in its ability to teach the whole child. Lessons are individualized to meet the needs of a wide range of children who are seeking a college preparatory education. The teachers and administrators treat the children with great respect, and parents can be very involved if they have a positive attitude that matches the school environment. I have been amazed at some of the criticism of the school on these pages. None of it is warranted. My son has gone on to tremendous success in college and has a high paying job in the field of software engineering.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
I changed schools 2 years ago. Friends was good for many things, but socially stifling and left me very few opportunities to engage in activities. Teachers were hit or miss.

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2008
If parents are looking for a school where their children can be academically challenged and happy, then please do yourself a favor and check this place out. I have met several high school students and I'm impressed with their confidence as well as their interests. Foreign exchange students enrich the environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2008
I've only been to two other schools in my life, and by far Friends School is my favorite! I've made so many friends, everyone is warm and welcoming. The teachers are just as great, I couldn't be more excited. VBFS is the best!

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2007
We have been very pleased with Friends School. It is too bad that some parents feel the need to air their grievances here--not at all productive or beneficial for our gem of a school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
I have to agree with the most recent review (10/21/07). Having had children in both the Early and Lower Schools at VBFS for several years now, we have seen the academic programs only grow stronger in our years here. Parents seem very involved and linger on campus, so the comment from another reviewer about unfriendly adminstrators and poor communication seems odd to me. That has been far from our experience. Concerning other reviewers comments about 'special needs,' other schools in the region do handle kids with special needs. While VBFS does have a unique educational approach, they do not claim to be equipped for special needs kids. As with any school there are plusses and minuses, but overall we have been very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
I am surprised by some of what I have read here. We have children in a couple of divisions at the school and have never had a problem with communication or unfriendly administrators. As for communication, Insights and Updates is emailed every two weeks and is full of information about what is going on at the school. The turnover has been quite minimal since we have been there so I found the comment about teacher turnover very confusing. My children are happy and we are pleased with the academic program. If you are thinking about attending VBFS, I would recommend a visit--then you can make up your own mind.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
My two boys started at VBFS at age 3. The Lower School program was a wonderful experience for both of my children. However, the leadership of the school changed about 4 years ago and with the change the sense of 'community' that once defined Friends School completely declined. I have chosen to remove both of my sons and put them in a larger private school. Thankfully, my sons were able to experience some awesome teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
We are new to the area and enrolled our children a different private school last year. After we had been there a year, we realized the Friends School would be a much better fit for our kids. Since enrolling them in August we have seen a great improvement in their intellectual curiosity, their love of school, and most importantly, a strengthening moral compass. All of these were lacking in the other school. We have been very impressed with the Friends philosophy, academic rigor and sense of community. We are already looking forward to next year!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
Community, Harmony, Equality, Simplicity. These are the four basic values on which VBFS was built and the values that they strive to instill in each of their students. These are things that cannot be taught from books but taught instead by fostering a sense of respect for themselves, others and their world. In addition, Friend's provides a top-notch academic curriculum which challenges each child and the Administration provides our kids with truly gifted teachers who work hard each day to help each child reach their full potential. We are in our 7th year at VBFS. My children LOVE the school and look forward to each new day and challenge. They are growing and learning and achieving in ways that every parent hopes for their children. I know they will be better adults having had this experience and we are grateful every day that this safe haven exists within our community.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
A great school with a superb academic program. As a product of a Friends experience from preK through college, I can safely say that Virginia Beach Friends School is right on track with Quaker principles of education and bringing out the best in every student. My child has been through the Cottage, Kindergarten and is now in first grade at this school and has blossomed. As I can speak for the lower school, the program is well balanced and creative with weekly specialized classes in art/pottery, music, Spanish, library and physical education as well as frequent field trips oriented to educational and community outreach. The Virginia Beach Friends school community of families is small but diverse and expanding. Many of the parents are strongly involved in the school and are instrumental to its success -- a true community atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
friends school is a great place with the exception of the poor leadership from the top. The outside activities are lacking, the school is between two projects which have had incidents with the safety of the children and the PE department is lacking. The lower school is great but the middle and the upper is lacking. We will not be returning next year

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2007
My children have attended for several years and I am very pleased with the individual attention and the quality of the faculty. The lower and middle school programs are strong and the middle school curriculum is presented in a way that is perfect for my son. I m not sure if I ll keep my kids there through high school because they might want a bigger school, but I like the increased academic rigor and discipline standards the Headmaster has put in place in the high school. I can t speak for other parents, but I think the Headmaster is very open to parent concerns. I ve attended a few of his monthly coffee with parents and find him open and easy to talk to. Maybe he had a bad August 2006? All in all, I think it s a great little school!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2007
This school is a fresh breath in the learning world. The teachers are wonderful and caring. The kids love the school and their teachers. Kids are treated with kindness and respect .Te school give a very safe space for kids to grow into successful adults. Friends School is all about the children. Liz Hobbs

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2006
The Pre-School Cottage Program is EXCEPTIONAL. Developmentally appropriate activities, well experienced staff that implement Quaker ideals. Lower school experience was adequate. Quaker ideals still in place. The school seems to be trying to find a new indentity and the new path does not see based on Quaker ideals. Many lower school teachers there are quality teachers and are about kids. The school needs and expects a great deal parent support and money beyond tuition for daily activities. Parents often drive for field trips and appropriate car safety is not practiced.Teacher pay is poor. Many children in classes have learning and behavior problems and teacher to student ratio is not really as low as they claim. Can go as high as 18-1 in lower school. Good music program.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
Fantastic school experience so far (Early, Lower and Middle Schools). Friends fosters a warm, caring community that respects each individual. There is great mutual respect b/w teachers and students, and respect for all peoples and cultures is emphasized. Your child can soar and not be stuck in a grade-level curriculum. The administration has been very accommodating--my son in Middle School went ahead in math and languages with great results. Middle School curriculum is thematically-based and is just awesome--my son didn't want the year to end last year! Yes, it's a small school so extracurriculars are obviously limited and the physical plant isn't what you'd have at the Megabucks private schools in the area, but my kids and I love it. We're looking forward to the HS experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Lower/school is worth the $$$$. Middle/Upper consider area/public schools. School is about needing $$$$$ & census. New building went to administration/Library instead of brokentrailer Middle School uses. Principal delagates instead of addressing serious issues/spending. Parents shuttle fieldtrips&sports. No lunch facilities, brownbag/huge teacherslounge should be newclassroom instead of studentrailor. Costly to attend/compared to other private schools. School has broken down bus, demand parent transport. Need diversity, so paying parents support diversity unfair to full tuition parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
Friends is a good lower school, however the upper is lacking direction. The school does not offer a lot of outside activities, the sports have a lot to be desired with poor direction. The Principle lack leader ship- pass the buck. The lower school is a real value. Close attention to development and well run. The middle school has teachers that are very closed minded. The school does have a family atmosphere, but the parent involvement is low.

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March 03, 2005
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Virginia Beach Friends School
1537 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA  23451
(757) 428-7534
Last modified Virginia Beach Friends School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Virginia Beach Friends School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 75 reviews. Top