Welcome to the joy of an extraordinary education!
FCS is a Quaker progressive school, founded on the belief that every child is a valuable member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, simplicity, integrity, and environmental stewardship, rooted in our Quaker heritage.

Our educational approach emphasizes first-hand experience. Students learn through activities, field trips, projects, and collaborations that provide opportunities for decision-making and leadership. Time for reflection gives students awareness of themselves as learners and awareness of their contributions to the class and larger community. The result is happy, engaged, confident, and accomplished citizens of the world.

Welcome to FCS!

Larry Clements
Head of School

FAQ About FCS

List of 11 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, and by whom?

    FCS was founded in 1986 by members of Adelphi Friends Meeting in their Meeting House. FCS benefits from the long and distinguished tradition of Friends education that emerged in 1689 as a result of William Penn’s vision to educate all—Native Americans as well as colonists of all backgrounds—while emphasizing the linkage of intellectual, social and spiritual growth. The diversity embraced by the early Quakers is cherished by FCS today. Read more on Quaker History...
  • Q. What distinguishes FCS from other schools?

    Quaker values are the foundation of our progressive, child-centered approach to education. Integrating these values into life at FCS every day enables students to experience true joy in learning.

    Courageous risk-takers abound at FCS. This prong of our mission is unique to FCS. In focusing on the process of learning as well as the product, FCS encourages students to take risks and stretch their views, affirming efforts to think outside-of-the-box and rewarding success.

    FCS students love to learn, know how to learn, and know how to disagree respectfully. They communicate well, both verbally and in writing. And they are determined to make their mark on the world. Read more on our Values and Graduates...
  • Q. What distinguishes your Middle School?

    FCS Middle School students are exceptionally well-prepared for high school, primarily as a result of producing their cumulative and comprehensive Year-End Projects on topics of their choice. Seventh and eighth graders also enjoy Arts & Technology Electives that may include figure drawing, movie-making, robotics, small business start-up, and more.

    Due to our learning philosophy, social interactions, and expression of Quaker values, our middle school students show emotional and social maturity in their choices, High school teachers and counselors consistently praise FCS students for this. Read more on FCS Middle School and After FCS...
  • Q. Where do your students and families live?

    Our students and families generally live within the borders established by: Silver Spring/Takoma Park; Columbia/Laurel; Bowie/Mitchellville/Upper Marlboro, Clinton/ Ft. Washington; Capitol Hill; and NE/NW DC. We also have a few families who live as far away as Port Tobacco in Calvert County, Davidsonville in Anne Arundel County, Mt. Airy in Carroll and Frederick Counties, and Alexandria, VA. Visit our Directions page...
  • Q. How many students are enrolled?

    Approximately 240 students are enrolled.
  • Q. What is the average class size?

    Class sizes range from 12-18 students, depending on age, grade, and subject.
  • Q. How diverse is the student body?

    Approximately 48% of the student body meets the government definition as being “of color.” In addition, we have foreign-born and adopted students, as well as non-traditional families. We are wonderfully diverse.
  • Q. Does FCS offer financial aid?

    Yes, FCS is able to offer modest amounts of financial aid based on relative need. Read more on Financial Aid...
  • Q. What credentials do your teachers have?

    Most of our teachers have master’s degrees or are working toward them, and have many years of teaching under their belts. Professional Development is very important to them, and they offer as well as take workshops and seminars to ensure their effectiveness at FCS. Read more about our Faculty...
  • Q. Where do your graduates go to high school?

    Our graduates attend a range of high schools that suit their talents, abilities, and parents’ pocketbooks. What is most important is that they are successful from the start of freshman year.

    The range of independent and religious-affiliated high schools includes (but is not limited to) Sidwell Friends, Georgetown Day, Maret, Field, Edmund Burke, Sandy Spring Friends, St. Alban’s, Holton Arms, Bullis, Key, Gonzaga, Dematha, St. John’s College, Stone Ridge, Holy Child, Good Counsel, Palotti, Elizabeth Seton, and St. Anselm’s Abbey.

    The public schools attended by our students include Eleanor Roosevelt (Science & Tech and Quest programs), the Montgomery County Consortium high schools, Duke Ellington, Banneker, and School Without Walls. Read more on After FCS...

Weekly Message from the Head

List of 1 news stories.

  • Sept. 15, 2017

    Last night at Lower School Back to School Night, I reminded parents of our arrival time: 8:15 AM. As I walk the halls between 8:15 and 8:45 AM, I see the importance of our activities in the early morning.
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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
301-441-2100