Admissions Welcome

COVID-19 Status: While our campus is closed, the FCS Admissions Office continues to operate remotely. We welcome your inquiries and continue to accept applications for select grades for the 2020-21 school year. Please contact our Admissions team with any questions.
“The joy of an extraordinary education!”
That’s what people tell us they feel when they enter our school. Students laugh, share their work with pride, and settle into time for reflection. Kindergarteners and 8th graders walk hand-in-hand down the hall. Teachers know their students and know how to ignite curiosity in each of them, even in the remote learning environment that we pivoted to this spring. The joy of learning is palpable.  

Welcome to FCS's inclusive community and unique blend of Quaker values and progressive education. We invite you to visit.


Connie Belfiore Kate O'Connor
Director of Admissions and Outreach Associate Director of Admissions

FCS At a Glance

  • 240 students
  • Lower and Middle School (K-4 | 5-8)
  • Average class size: 12-16 students
  • Student/teacher ratio: 8 to 1
  • Before- and after-school Extended Day
  • LEED-certified green building
  • 17 acres next to Greenbelt National Park
  • Located in College Park, near major arteries, UMD, and NASA
  • Serving families from Capitol Hill, Cheverly, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Beltsville, Laurel, and nearby Greenbelt, College Park, Berwyn Heights, Glenn Dale, Hyattsville, and University Park.

Friends Community School: What's in a name?

As a Quaker school, we believe that intellectual education and moral education are integrally connected. Our core Quaker values — simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship — are embedded in our curriculum and our interactions with each other.

As a community, we are diverse and inclusive. We support one another in our day-to-day activities and in our larger endeavors as lifelong learners, courageous risk takers, and joyous peacemakers.

As a progressive school, FCS focuses on educating the whole child: socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and creatively. We recognize that children learn best from experience and meaningful relationships with peers and teachers. Our teachers meet students where they are and — through experiential and inquiry-based lessons, a child-centered curriculum, collaborative projects, and intentional reflection — promote deep learning.

Educating the Whole Child

FCS Admissions

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Constance Belfiore

    Connie Belfiore 

    Director of Admissions and Outreach
    301-441-2100 x 129
  • Photo of Katherine O'Connor

    Kate O'Connor 

    Associate Director of Admissions
    301-441-2100, ext. 111
FCS values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin. We welcome and celebrate families of all faiths and backgrounds.
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