“Can you send us more FCS students?”

That is the question our Head of School has been asked more than once by the heads of leading area independent, parochial, and public magnet high schools. We’ve been told FCS graduates stand out because they…
  • Communicate verbally with confidence.
  • Write well.
  • Bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
  • Work well in groups, as both leaders and collaborators.
  • Appreciate difference in perspective and experience.
  • Ask insightful questions.
  • Bring strategies for organization and self-discipline.
  • Manage stress with a healthy perspective.
  • Show respect for peers as well as teachers.
  • Show emotional maturity.
  • Advocate for moral issues in the larger community.

Our Partnership

An FCS graduate’s transition to high school begins years before in the supportive environment of FCS middle school.
Along with being prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for high school, FCS students are prepared to make a good decision about which high school program is best for them. Starting in 7th grade, FCS partners with families to determine the right fit for each student’s skills, interests, needs, budget, location, and growth. Our high school support includes…
  • One-on-one conversations about high school options for each family with the FCS Middle School Head and FCS Head of School.
  • Resources and a support group to guide 7th and 8th grade families through the selection, testing, and application process.
  • Summer and after-school admissions test prep classes.
  • Interview skills training.
  • Annual forum with recent FCS graduates discussing options and the transition process.
  • Annual high school fair at FCS co-hosted with Mocha Moms, Inc.
No one high school defines the “best fit” for an FCS grad; the list of schools our students chose include a broad range of competitive public magnet programs, independent schools, and Catholic high schools (that increasingly award academic scholarships to FCS students—over $350,000 offered to the Class of 2018). The FCS Class of 2018 was accepted to their first- or second-choice high school program at a rate of 96%.

FCS Grads Attend...

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