Welcome to Friends Community School! Now in our fourth decade, FCS is a welcoming and inclusive community as well as a purposeful and joyful school that engages and inspires young children through adolescence. At FCS, students are respected as individuals, childhood is celebrated, and learning is experiential, relevant, and meaningful. On our campus you will see children actively and enthusiastically engaging in their studies, happily playing at recess, quietly reflecting in Meeting for Worship, and joyfully creating in the arts. Our students are well on their way to becoming lifelong learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers who will matriculate to rigorous independent, parochial, and public magnet schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area--and who, most importantly, will become the kinds of people we most admire.
FCS was born from the Quaker faith and is sustained by Quaker values. As a Quaker school, we believe that intellectual education and moral education are inextricably interconnected--one simply can't exist without the other. Our timeless and universal core values--simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship--are embedded in our curriculum and in daily student and adult interactions. Quaker schools were founded nearly 300 years ago with a commitment to education for all, regardless of race, class, or gender. FCS holds strongly to this practice. We see “that of God” in all.
As a progressive school, we recognize that children learn best from experience and meaningful relationships with peers and teachers. Through hands-on lessons, a child-centered curriculum, collaborative projects, and intentional reflection, we foster deep learning over rote memorization. FCS students are continually challenged with big questions about the world around them and given the space, resources, and time to pursue solutions--and even more questions.
Partnership and community are key to our practice. Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, members of Adelphi Friends Meeting, and Trustees work to ensure that our mission is evident and we live up to our name. As you explore our website and visit our campus, you will come to see why “Friends” and “Community” are at the heart of our school.
Neal M. Brown, Ed.D.
Interim Head of School