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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
It encourages children to be who they are, build self-confidence, tolerance, patience, social conscience, and to be open to new and different experience
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.
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.
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.
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!
Friends provided the highest academic standards for my son, complemented by a nourishing environment and a comprehensive sports program.
Small classes and excellent teachers have made my daughter love school.
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