The Whole Child

As a progressive school, FCS focuses on the whole child: socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, creatively, and physically. We recognize that students learn and grow at different rates, and we support them in their learning on individual levels, from mastery of basic skills to higher-order thinking. In keeping with the principles of progressive education, we integrate individual responsibility and choice-making into the learning process in both the Lower School and Middle School.

Our Goals for an FCS Graduate

It is of primary importance that FCS graduates feel that they can make a difference in the world. Our goals are for every FCS student to:
  • Participate actively in their own learning;
  • Acquire all the skills necessary--both practical and academic--to enhance their interaction with the world;
  • Have courage to take academic risks without worrying about failure;
  • Know how to construct meaning and apply knowledge to real-world issues;
  • Develop a positive self-image;
  • Respect and appreciate people's individual differences and the richness that flows from them;
  • Feel a sense of responsibility for contributing to their world;
  • Discover the creative force within our environment;
  • Embrace environmental stewardship;
  • Value service and commitment to others;
  • Strive to be peacemakers;
  • Acquire an enduring love of learning, and
  • Show emotional and social maturity in their choices.

Progressive vs. Traditional Education:

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