FCS students are asked big questions about the world around them and given the space, resources, and time to pursue solutions--and even more questions.
Welcome to Friends Community School. Now in our fourth decade, FCS is a thriving school that guides young children through adolescence. At FCS, students are respected, childhood is celebrated, and learning is experiential. On our campus and you will see children actively engaging in their studies, happily playing at recess, quietly reflecting in Meeting for Worship, and joyfully creating in the arts. Our students are lifelong learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyful peacemakers who matriculate to rigorous independent, parochial, and public magnet schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area. 

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 one. Our core values--simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship--are embedded in our curriculum and 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. FCS students are asked 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. 

Angela Garcia
Head of School


List of 10 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?

    FCS was founded in 1986 by members of Adelphi Friends Meeting. The tradition of Quaker education dates to 1689, when William Penn envisioned schools fostering intellectual, social, and spiritual growth for all Americans, including Native Americans. Read more on FCS History...
  • Q. What is unique about FCS?

    Visit FCS, and you'll notice how...

    Quaker values
    are woven into life at FCS every day.

    Courageous risk-takers thrive at FCS. Trained in progressive pedagogy, teachers help every child stretch--academically, socially, physically, and spiritually. 

    A caring, diverse community welcomes students, parents, teachers, and friends at FCS. Learn about FCS traditions.

  • Q. How many students are in the school? How large are the classes?

    Approximately 240 students attend FCS. Class sizes range from 12-18 students, depending on age, grade, and subject.
  • Q. What are your school hours? 

    Our instructional hours are 8:15 AM to 2:45 PM (Lower School) and 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM (Middle School), Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, school is dismissed at 2 PM.         
  • Q. How diverse is the FCS student body?

    Approximately 50% of the FCS student body meets the National Association of Independent Schools' definition of "people of color" status. 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. Where do FCS families live?

    Located near several major arteries, our school draws from a wide radius that includes Capitol Hill, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Columbia, Laurel, Ft. Washington, Cheverly, and NE and NW DC, as well as nearby Greenbelt, Hyattsville, and University Park.
  • Q. Can we afford FCS?

    Since FCS's founding, accessibility has been a priority. FCS tuition is approximately 30% less than the average tuition at other leading D.C.-area independent schools. Additionally, a large proportion of FCS students--approximately 40%--receive financial aid based on need. To meet the needs of as many families as possible, the maximum grant is 50% of the cost of tuition. Read more about FCS 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 leading area high schools, including independent, public magnet, Quaker, and Catholic schools. Read more on After FCS...

Message from the Head

List of 2 news stories.

  • 10.1.21

    This past Sunday, FCS kicked off its 35th anniversary with worship. Together with members of Adelphi Friends Meeting (AFM), members of the FCS community gathered in front of the school for silent worship. It was the first time since the fall of 2019 that the two communities were able to worship in person with each other. More than 60 people participated in a hybrid worship which was in-person and online.
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  • 9.24.21

    Over the summer I was introduced to A Little Book of Courage for the Big Pandemic by Cheri Lovre. My introduction came during a presentation for school leaders about dealing with trauma in the wake of the pandemic. The author, who is an expert in crisis response and trauma intervention, suggests that we all have experienced the emotions prevalent in a crisis ranging from anxiety to grief and depression, to trauma. As we begin to emerge from the worst of the pandemic, Lovre proposes that our journeys through these emotions will eventually lead us to three possible resolutions in a “new normal”: recoveringregaining, and reinventing
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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