Hello!

I’m pleased to welcome you to our Middle School and excited you want to know more about us. Our program for Grades 5 through 8 is robust, attentive to students’ needs, and rooted in progressive practice. I think you’ll find that in our community, faculty and students are courageous risk-takers, challenging themselves and one another to learn as much as possible, to listen closely for truth— be it our own or someone else’s—and to seize opportunities to do the right thing.

Adriana Murphy
Middle School Head

A Curriculum Built on Community

Middle school is a pivotal time in a student’s life. Navigating how to live, learn, and work within in a community requires both the freedom and encouragement to be oneself as well as ethical decision-making and empathy. Our emphasis on consensus building, conflict resolution, and choice enables students to move through our multi-faceted curriculum with both the academic and social/emotional skills they need to thrive.

In Middle School, our students grow from peacemakers on the playground to cosmopolitan citizens.
Relationships with local experts from NASA, the NSA, the Anacostia Watershed, and the University of Maryland (just to name a few) eliminate the line between school and the real world. During their capstone Year-End Projects, many of our students are frequently mentored by some of the most renowned experts in the area.

For us, the community is always at the forefront of our educational purpose. For example:
  • When fifth graders learn about inclusivity through literature, they also learn to recognize bias and champion the rights of the disenfranchised.
  • In sixth grade, when students study climate change, they also develop action steps for our school’s sustainability plan to ensure we walk the walk about being a green school.
  • As seventh graders learn about how our nation was formed, they also learn to look for the missing voices throughout history so they can tell their stories.
  • When eighth graders focus on advocacy in their Year-End Projects, they perform service at an organization that promotes their cause and then write a persuasive letter to an editor or Congressperson that asks him or her to take action.
Participating in their community positions our students well for high school and beyond. It teaches them that they have value, and that there is value in hard work and perseverance. More than 95% of our graduates are offered admission at their top-choice high school. Our students leave FCS as contributors, peacemakers, and students of themselves and the world.
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