Welcome to the joy of an extraordinary education!
FCS is a Quaker progressive school, founded on the belief that every child is a valuable member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, simplicity, integrity, and environmental stewardship, rooted in our Quaker heritage.

Our educational approach emphasizes first-hand experience. Students learn through activities, field trips, projects, and collaborations that provide opportunities for decision-making and leadership. Time for reflection gives students awareness of themselves as learners and awareness of their contributions to the class and larger community. The result is happy, engaged, confident, and accomplished citizens of the world.

Welcome to FCS!

Larry Clements
Head of School


List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is your mission?

    Our mission is to nurture lifelong learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers. We encourage young people to discover “That of God” within themselves and others, and to reach their fullest potential as individuals and contributing members of society. Read more about Our Mission...
  • Q. When was FCS founded, and by whom?

    FCS was founded in 1986 by members of Adelphi Friends Meeting in their Meeting House. FCS benefits from the long and distinguished tradition of Friends education that emerged in 1689 as a result of William Penn’s vision to educate all—Native Americans as well as colonists of all backgrounds—while emphasizing the linkage of intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. The diversity embraced by the early Quakers is cherished by FCS today. Read more on Quaker History...
  • Q. What distinguishes FCS from other schools?

    Quaker values are the foundation of our progressive, child-centered approach to education. Integrating these values into life at FCS every day enables students to experience true joy in learning.

    Courageous risk-takers abound at FCS. This prong of our mission is unique to FCS. In focusing on the process of learning as well as the product, FCS encourages students to take risks and stretch their views, affirming efforts to think outside of the box and rewarding success.

    FCS students love to learn, know how to learn, and know how to disagree respectfully. They communicate well, both verbally and in writing. And they are determined to make their mark on the world. Read more on our Values and Graduates...
  • Q. What distinguishes your Middle School?

    FCS middle school students are exceptionally well-prepared for high school, primarily as a result of producing their cumulative and comprehensive Year-End Projects on topics of their choice. Seventh and eighth graders also enjoy Arts & Technology Electives that may include figure drawing, movie-making, robotics, small business start-up, and more.

    Due to our learning philosophy, social interactions, and expression of Quaker values, our middle school students show emotional and social maturity in their choices. High school teachers and counselors consistently praise FCS students for this. Read more on FCS Middle School and After FCS...
  • Q. Where do your students and families live?

    FCS families generally live within the borders established by: Silver Spring/Takoma Park; Columbia/Laurel; Bowie/Mitchellville/Upper Marlboro, Clinton/ Ft. Washington; Capitol Hill; and NE/NW DC. We also have a few families who live as far away as Port Tobacco in Calvert County, Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, Mt. Airy in Carroll and Frederick Counties, and Alexandria, VA. Visit our Directions page...
  • Q. How many students are enrolled?

    Approximately 240 students are enrolled.
  • Q. What is the average class size?

    Class sizes range from 12-18 students, depending on age, grade, and subject.
  • Q. How diverse is the student body?

    Approximately 51% of the FCS student body meets the U.S. Census definition of race as White, 20% as Black, 22% as multiracial, and 7% as another race. In addition to racial diversity, FCS students share experiences from different faiths, family structures, geographic regions of the D.C.-metro area, and socio-economic backgrounds. 
  • Q. Does FCS offer financial aid?

    Approximately 38% of FCS students receive financial aid. FCS offers modest amounts of financial aid based on relative need. Read more on Tuition & Financial Aid...
  • Q. What credentials do your teachers have?

    The average amount of experience for FCS full-time faculty is 11 years. Most of our teachers have master’s degrees or are working toward them. Ongoing professional development in progressive practice and Quaker values ensures teachers' effectiveness at FCS. Read more about our Faculty...
  • Q. Where do your graduates go to high school?

    Our graduates attend a range of high schools that suit their talents, abilities, and parents’ pocketbooks. What is most important is that they are successful from the start of freshman year.

    The range of independent and religious-affiliated high schools includes (but is not limited to) Sidwell Friends, Georgetown Day, Edmund Burke, Field, Sandy Spring Friends, Bullis, Key, Gonzaga, Dematha, St. John’s College, Stone Ridge, Holy Child, Good Counsel, Palotti, Elizabeth Seton, and St. Anselm’s Abbey.

    The public schools attended by our students include Eleanor Roosevelt (Science & Tech and Quest programs), the Montgomery County magnet programs, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and School Without Walls. Read more on After FCS...

Weekly Message from the Head

List of 1 news stories.

  • June 6, 2019

    I have resisted the urge to celebrate each significant event at Friends Community School this year as my last Fall Fair, last Open House, last Spring Auction—but indeed the graduation of the Class of 2019 truly signals the last of my formal activities with our children.
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Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740