“FSH feels like more than just a school to us; it’s an extended family that provides not just excellent academic, social, and emotional enrichment to our children, but also a community for our whole family. We feel so good about dropping our children off every morning at a place where we know their minds will be stimulated and their hearts and spirits will be valued.”
— Alison and Jason, FSH Parents
Come visit a school with a culture rooted in academic challenge, intellectual vigor, artistic expression, service, and kindness!
Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family. We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness. Friends School Haverford graduates are prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.
“Hands on, minds on” is at the heart of our program. An intellectually vigorous community, your child and his or her interests are profoundly known.
“Hands on, minds on” is the difference between a fifth grade teacher beginning a lesson on space exploration by saying, “Constellations are patterns of stars so distant from Earth that they serve as fixed points of reference for the purpose of navigation.” And saying, “In six weeks we will be launching our simulated spacecraft on its journey to Mars! Once we are out in space how will we know where we are?” The latter produces joyous, determined engagement in problem solving that leads to an investigation of how GPS works and how astronauts navigated when they flew to the moon. When navigators for the simulated mission to Mars point at the posters they made showing in white painted dots on black paper and tell you the names of the 12 constellations that encircle the Earth, they also tell you enthusiastically why fixed points of reference are a vital component of celestial navigation.
Your child’s school day is a series of moments like the one described – engaging, tailored to her or his age, important individually, naturally connected across, and a fundamental element of a framework for understanding the world that we convey to students.
Since its earliest days, Friends School Haverford has dedicated all of its attention and resources to early childhood and adolescent education. The natural curiosity that children possess is tapped through a curriculum that offers each student abundant opportunities to discover, experiment, evaluate, express, present, question, create, and explore. The process of learning through which students develop self-confidence and become effective and motivated learners is as valuable and important as the knowledge gained.
Some of the hallmarks of Friends School Haverford’s program include:
• An intellectually powerful curriculum that is beautifully designed and precisely implemented
• Small class sizes that promote individualized education
• Student-tended gardens and a micro farm with egg-laying chickens
• A school lunch program that offers fresh, locally-sourced, and organic menu options 5 days a week
• Exceptional fine arts and music opportunities
• Travel- and study-adventures to culturally rich locations such as Costa Rica
• Interscholastic sports like soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, and tennis
• Extracurricular activities like field hockey and ultimate frisbee
Wednesday, May 9 | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
851 Buck Lane, Haverford, PA 19041