Admissions

Apply to FCS

COVID-19 Status: COVID-19 has altered some of our admissions practices, but we are here, eager to speak with you, and happy to answer your questions.
Welcome to FCS! We look forward to getting to know your family.
2021-22 Admissions Update:  Our application deadline for 2021-22 admission has passed. FCS may continue to accept applications for select grades as space is available. Please contact the Admissions Office directly or submit an Inquiry Form for a status update before proceeding with an application.

We accept applications during the fall of the year preceding desired entry (see application deadlines below). Our application for the 2022-2023 school year is now available! Follow the steps below to begin the application process.

Step 1: Visit With Us

Start by visiting FCS! We host Open Houses, Admissions coffees, and spring info sessions. 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 with your application, and assign a checklist to guide you through the admissions process.

Step 3: Request Supporting Documents

Before or while completing your online application (Step 4), arrange for your child's current school to submit the required current teacher recommendations form(s) and school records directly to FCS. All supporting documents are due within a week of the respective application deadline (see due dates below under Step 4) and must be received prior to scheduling the student and parent meetings (Step 5). Recognizing how disruptive the pandemic has been to classroom instruction, we also welcome an optional supplemental recommendation from a previous teacher (2020-21). 
 
Teacher Recommendation Form(s):
Teacher recommendations should be requested through the FCS online portal. Log into the portal and send a recommendation request from your child's Admissions Progress page. 

We also accept the AISGW common recommendation forms. 

School Records: 
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

Our application for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in mid-September.

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: December 6, 2021 - Fee: $50
      • Supporting documents (teacher recommendations and school records) due by December 13, 2021
    • Regular Application Deadline: January 14, 2022 - Fee: $100
      • Supporting documents due by January 20, 2022
    • Post-Deadline Applications: FCS continues to accept applications for select grades beyond the January deadline as space remains available. Please contact the Admissions Office for details before submitting a post-deadline application.

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 invite you to schedule two appointments: a Student Visit and a Parent Meeting.

Student Visit
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, student applicants will meet virtually* with an FCS teacher for an informal conversation and academic screening. The duration of these sessions ranges from 30-60 minutes, depending on grade level. 
*Please stay tuned for additional updates regarding our applicant screening process. 

Parent Meeting
All parents applying to FCS schedule a 30-minute virtual meeting with the 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.

FCS Admissions decisions are communicated by the first week of March for families applying by the deadline.

FCS Admissions

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  • Photo of Caroline Johnson

    Caroline Johnson 

    Director of Admissions
    301-441-2100, ext. 129
  • Photo of Katherine O'Connor

    Kate O'Connor 

    Associate Director of Admissions
    301-441-2100, ext. 111
FCS is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community 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 varied 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
301-441-2100