Apply to FCS

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.
Welcome to FCS! We look forward to getting to know your family.

Step 1: Visit Us

We host Open Houses, neighborhood evening receptions, spring info sessions, and personal tours. Refer to our Visit FCS page for the latest schedule of events.

Step 2: Online Profile

Click Start Your Inquiry to create an online profile and receive FCS Admissions news. We'll send you a username and password for the FCS portal, necessary for proceeding.

Step 3: Ask Current School for Documents

Before or while completing your online application (Step 4), arrange for your child's current school to submit teacher recommendations and school records directly to FCS. All forms must be received prior to scheduling the student and parent meetings (Step 5).

Online teacher recommendation forms are preferred. Log into the FCS portal and send a recommendation request from your child's Admissions Progress page. Alternatively, download hard copies: Teacher Recommendation Form for Applicants to Kindergartenfor Applicants to Grades 1-6for Applicants to Grades 7-8 Language Arts and Grades 7-8 Math

Applicants to Grades 1-8 should complete and submit the Request for School Records Form (Grades 1-8) to their current school's office or registrar.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Click the "Apply Now" button to start an application. Log in with your FCS portal username and password or open a new account. You may pause and resume as necessary.

We encourage applications to be submitted early. 
    • Early Application Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020 - Fee: $50
    • Regular Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 - Fee: $100
    • Post-Deadline: FCS continues to accept applications for select grades, including Kindergarten, beyond the January 15 deadline. Please contact the Admissions Office for details.

Please note that a separate application is required for Financial Aid.

Step 5: Student Visit & Parent Meeting

Once you have submitted your application and we have received your supporting documents, our Admissions Office will contact you to schedule two appointments: a Student Visit and a Parent Meeting.

Student Visit
Typically, all students applying to FCS are invited to visit the school. Applicants for Kindergarten and First Grade are invited to one of several morning playdates with other applicants and a team of FCS teachers. Applicants for grades 2-8 are invited to spend a day at the school.

For late and long-distance applicants, and during remote learning, each student meets virtually with an FCS teacher for an informal conversation and academic screening. 

Parent Meeting
All parents applying to FCS schedule a 30-minute meeting with Connie Belfiore, Director of Admissions. The Parent Meeting is an opportunity to talk about the match between your family and FCS and to have your questions answered.

Admissions decisions are communicated in early March for families applying by the deadline.

FCS Admissions

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  • 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