Friends School Haverford was founded in 1885 by the Haverford Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in response to a strong need in the area for Friends elementary education. Starting as a one-room Schoolhouse, it soon doubled in size. By 1913, increased enrollment necessitated the construction of a new building, which, with extensive additions and renovations, constitutes the present main Schoolhouse. In 1988, Heritage House, a multi-purpose facility, was built to house a gym/auditorium and the pre-primary classrooms. In the summer of 1994, a state-of-the-art Learning/Computer Center was installed in the main building. In the spring and summer of 2000, the main Schoolhouse underwent an extensive renovation and a new classroom wing was added. During 2007-2008, the playgrounds were significantly improved through the Fields for Friends program.
Friends School Haverford is located in a quiet, natural setting on the grounds of Haverford Meeting, and is surrounded by three play areas equipped to strengthen the muscles, improve the coordination, challenge the imagination, and provide access to the wonders of the natural world, all in a safe environment for children in nursery school through grade 8.
The School is governed by the School Committee, appointed by the Haverford Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The School Committee consists of eighteen members, at least ten of whom must be members of the Society of Friends and at least five of whom must be members of the Haverford Monthly Meeting. Membership includes a nominee of the PTO, a nominee of the faculty, and an alumna/us of the School. Current and former parents are well-represented.
The School Committee has responsibility for the long-term goals, fiduciary and general oversight of the School and reports to the Monthly Meeting. School Committee seeks open communication with the extended community. Administration of the School is delegated to the Head of School.
Accreditation and Membership
Friends School Haverford is accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), and is a member of the Friends Council on Education (FCE), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Teachers Association (ISTA), Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), Multicultural Resource Center, Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association (PAISBOA), Independent School Management (ISM), and Philadelphia Independent School Consortium.