Admissions Welcome

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“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 engage them and ignite their curiosity—whether in-person or online. The joy of learning is palpable.  
Welcome to FCS's inclusive community and unique blend of Quaker values and progressive education. We look forward to getting to know your family and sharing more about FCS. Our admissions process kicks off each year in September for the following fall, with an application deadline in mid-January. We hope you'll join us for a virtual admissions event.


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

FCS At a Glance

  • Co-ed, K-8 (Lower School K-4 and Middle School 5-8)
  • Quaker, progressive, experiential, inquiry-based education.
  • 245 students
  • 51% students of color
  • Student/teacher ratio: 8 to 1
  • Average class size: 12-18 students
  • 42% of students currently receiving financial aid
  • Before- and after-school Extended Day
  • Summer specialty camps
  • LEED-certified green building
  • 17 acre campus next to Greenbelt National Park
  • Located in College Park, near major highways, UMD, and NASA
  • Serving families from a wide area, including Capitol Hill, nearby DC, Cheverly, Bowie, Mitchellville, Upper Marlboro, Clinton, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Beltsville, Laurel, and nearby Glenn Dale, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights, College Park, University Park, Riverdale Park, and Hyattsville

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