Our Building

FCS is proud of its commitment to environmental education and stewardship. This commitment is grounded in our LEED-certified (Silver) building, which includes:
  • straw-bale insulation
  • radiant floor tube heating
  • living green roof
  • bio-retention ponds
  • natural ventilation
  • solar tubes and low-energy lighting
  • waterless water-conserving fixtures
  • recycled and recyclable pressed board woodwork.
Ask FCS students about our green building, exposed utilities on the ceiling, and Peace Garden—they love to tell the story!

Our Site

FCS is situated on 17 acres of wetlands and woodlands adjacent to Greenbelt National Park. It’s not unusual for students to look up from their books and see birds, deer, and other wildlife exploring their natural habitat. Environmental stewardship is cultivated through FCS’s outdoor learning projects, which include:
  • classroom vegetable gardens
  • a rain garden
  • bio-retention ponds
  • a butterfly garden
  • a “Peace Garden” of native plants

The Green Team Explains FCS

Our Building, By Kindergarten Observers

A Maryland Green School

  • Green In Action at FCS
    FCS is certified as a Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). To see why, browse this pdf of excerpts from our 2015 application for recertification.
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